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Organ Improvisation

'The Creative Organist' - Textbook on organ improvisation with CD,  (1999). OUT OF PRINT.  

'Making it up as you go along' -  Organists' Review, (Feb., March, July, Nov. 2001).


'Improvisation' - The Organ, (May, July, 2005).


'The Art of Organ improvisation' -  The Organ, (Nov. 2014, Feb. 2015).


'Improvising at the organ' - ESO Console,  (September 2015).


'The Organists' Toolkit - Improvisation', - Organists' Review, (March 2016).


'The Creative Organist' - presentation, (2017).

'Piano improvisation' - Music Teacher, (August 2016). 

(Principles outlined can apply to all keyboard improvisation)

'The Art of Improvisation' - Organ Australia, Edition Three, 2017) - Pages 34-39.

'Organ Improvisation' - NZ Organ News, March 2018.

Cambridge University organ scholars class 2019 - background notes 


'Creating the 'English' Sound' - a guide to improvising in a focussed stylistic idiom - ESO Console - August 2019


Organ composition


'Composing for Learning', ESO Console, December 2017.


'Blending Traditions - Creating music with a Scottish flavour'. ESO Console, August 2018.

General Church Musician topics


'More Than Just a Musician' - Booklet on choir leadership skills, (1999).

'Music Styles in Worship' - Discussion paper, (2011).

The lighter side!

'Making it all up' etc.: 'Organs and Organists; their Inside Stories', ed. Jenny Setchell.  

Pipeline Press (2017).

Some reviews


“…One of the best books available on the subject.  This is a must for every organist's library.  Treat yourself”.

Trevor Webb in ‘Church Music Quarterly', ('The Creative Organist').


“All those who play for services should read this, and certainly all those who have to face an extemporisation test in forthcoming diploma exams.  This is one of the most imaginative projects I have seen in many years and the CD enlivens and enriches what is inventively told in an excellent book”.

Roger Fisher in ‘Organists’ Review’,  ('The Creative Organist').

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