Anne Marsden Thomas MBE, FRSCM, ARAM, FRCO, BMus, Dip RAM, ARCM, LRAM, is an organist, organ teacher and author of 22 books for organ students and church organists. She wrote the last two books, Graded Keyboard Musicianship, published Oxford University Press (OUP), with Dr Frederick Stocken. They are currently preparing a new organ tutor book to be published by OUP in 2020.
Anne teaches organ at The Royal Academy of Music, both in the Junior and Senior departments. Since 2006 she has taught the LRAM course there which trains those wishing to qualify as organ teachers.
Anne gives private organ lessons at St. Giles Cripplegate Church. She has taught hundreds of students over the last 45 years, with many of these students continuing into the music profession. She has wide experience of examining grade examinations and diplomas.
She has been Director of Music at St. Giles Cripplegate Church since 1982. The church has three mechanical action pipe organs.
Although she no longer gives organ recitals, her concert and teaching work has taken her to the USA, Canada, Japan, Europe and all over the UK and she has made several commercial recordings.
In addition to her 22 books, she has published many articles for organists and their teachers, including a long-running series ‘Anne Marsden Thomas’s Organ Lessons’ published in both Church Music Quarterly and The American Organist.
Anne has received several honorary awards, including the FRSCM and ARAM. In March 2017 she was the first woman to receive the RCO Medal. She was awarded the MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours 2015 for 'services to organ music'.
Anne is Co-chair, with Ghislaine Reece-Trapp, of the Society of Women Organists www.societyofwomenorganists.co.uk which launched at the Royal Festival Hall in February 2019.