Where Anne teaches and how much lessons cost
The lesson venue is normally St. Giles Cripplegate Church, Fore, Street, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DA.
How to request a lesson with Anne
As Anne teaches under the auspices of the Royal College of Organists you will need to complete a Lesson Application form. You can find one here https://www.rco.org.uk/education_find_teacher.php#find_a_teacherPlease mention on the form that you wish for a lesson with Anne Marsden Thomas. Anne will respond by email.
What to expect in your first lesson
A choice of instruments: either the 3-manual Grand organ, which has a radiating/concave pedalboard, or the 2-manual Chancel organ, which has a straight/concave pedalboard.
Comfort at the console, thanks to adjustable benches at both organs and a few simple familiarisation exercises before you play.
Time to settle into your music, as Anne usually likes to hear a whole piece before commenting.
Help with technique, interpretation and registration, as appropriate, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions.
Support and encouragement in every area where this is earned, balanced with constructive suggestions for development.
What to prepare for your first lesson
If you already play the organ
Please bring two pieces that you know well, ideally one by Bach and one by a 19th or 20th century composer. Examples of other organ repertoire that you have studied may also be useful. If you normally play on an organ with a light touch you might want to run your pieces through on a more resistant action (or the piano) to prepare yourself for the mechanical action organs at St. Giles.
If you are an advanced player
Please let Anne know in advance what you plan to bring.
If you are a beginner at the organ
Please prepare a simple piano piece that you know well, perhaps from Bach’s Anna Magdalena Notebook. Your lesson will include pedalling, so please bring lightweight shoes (but not slippers) with smooth soles.
Directions to St. Giles Cripplegate Church
The address is Fore Street, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DA
Take the Underground to Moorgate (Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith&City lines). There are several exits from that station: it is important to use Exit 2. As you leave the station turn right past Café Nero onto Moorgate, heading south. At the traffic lights turn right onto London Wall. After about 25 yards turn right onto Fore Street Avenue, and then immediately left into Fore Street. You can just see the church tower above the buildings ahead of you. Turn right at the end of Fore Street onto the churchyard.
The best parking place is in the Barbican Centre carparks in Silk Street and Beech Street. After parking, take a Barbican Centre lift to the Library floor (Level +2). Exit the Centre past Searcy’s Gin Joint and turn right to cross the bridge to the church.
Access to St Giles Cripplegate Church
The church is normally open weekdays 1100-1600 hours. If (e.g. evenings and weekends) you find the church door locked, please wait outside the door facing the Barbican Centre. At the appointed time Anne will meet you at this entrance. If the weather is unpleasant and you are early please bang on the door, in case Anne is inside. Please text or ‘phone Anne if you are likely to be delayed or if you get lost: 07785533799.
How to pay for your lesson
Payment is required for each lesson at least 3 days in advance of the appointment. Online payment is probably easiest: please email AMT@organschool.com with a request for Anne’s bank details. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Anne Marsden Thomas’ and posted to Anne Marsden Thomas at 305 Gilbert House, Barbican, London EC2Y 8BD.
How to book your lesson
Please see Book a Lesson
The organs of St Giles Cripplegate Church
Please see details on the St Giles Cripplegate Church website.