ORGANISTS
ONLINE


A site of
resources
for
Organists,
Churches
& Choirs


Free to
access
and use
at all
times


Part of
Philip
Norman
Music
Services


pkn@pnms.co.uk
pnms.co.uk
(020) 8519 6491
07939 064 247
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You have come through to the version of Organists Online adapted for use with handheld devices. It includes the following functions:  Here are links for: For other functions, such as Wedding Music, Funeral Music, Music for Small Choirs, the Downloads about Recordings, the Analysis of Fees paid and the Annual Statistics of Fees Paid, please access the site via a desktop computer.
 
INTRODUCTION

HOW TO FIND AN ORGANIST
If you know the name of the organist you want to contact, look him or her up as a Listed Organist (with basic contact and other details) or as a Registered Organist (with a personalised page with much more information). 

If you don't mind who plays for  you, use the Book an Organist form. Then, organists who  are available in the area and at the time you want will respond.

If you receive several responses, you can use the Listed or Registered lists to find out more about the organists, which will aid you with your choice.
These are some of the Organists Online Functions
ORGANISTS REQUIRED

If you are looking for one-off opportunities to play, the list of Occasional Organists covers requests for Sunday services, weddings, funerals and other such events.

Permanent Organists is a listing of churches seeking to make long-term, permanent appointments.

You DON'T have to be a Listed or Registered Organist to take a job from this site. Use of the site is open to everyone.
BOOK OR ENGAGE AN ORGANIST

If you wish to book an organist for just one of a few services, please follow the menu.link to the Book an Organist form.

However, if you wish to engage an organist on a permanent basis, please email the text of your advertisement to Philip Norman (pkn@pnms.co.uk).

It is always helpful, when you have found an organist, to let me know so that I can take down the listing.
FEES AND PAYMENTS

Organists Online is NOT an agency and DOES NOT set the fees for organists. The Book an Organist form gives users the opportunity to say how much they want to pay and then only organists who are willing to play for that fee make contact. Further information is available via this Fees and Payments link.
ANALYSIS OF FEES PAID

Some users, seeking an organist, are not sure how much to offer. This Analysis of Fees Paid link leads to a statistical survey of the fees offered, broken down by service-type, so that uncertain users can see what others have been paying.
MUSIC AND WEDDINGS

This Music and Weddings link leads a page where basic information about choosing music for weddings, hiring extra singers/musicians, video recording fees and copyright issues is provided, and some audio examples of common pieces of music.

This page, principally intended for use by prospective wedding couples, can also be found at www.organistsonline.org/weddings.
MUSIC AND FUNERALS

For many families, dealing with recent bereavement, choosing music for a funeral just seems another burden. This Music and Funerals menu link leads to a page which gives basic information about the choices available, hiring an organist and similar matters.

This page, principally for bereaved families, can also be found at www.organistsonline.org/funerals.
VIDEO & AUDIO RECORDINGS

Issues surrounding the legalities of recording live musical performances are often misunderstood or ignored. This Video & Audio Recordings link leads to a printable single A4 sheet which sets out the basic facts in a simple and clear format. This sheet can be handed to people who are not sure about the issues involved.
MUSIC FOR SMALL CHOIRS

The Music for Small Choirs website provides free, downloadable, copyright cleared music for church choirs with few or no men. The composers, arrangers and editors come from the  UK, USA, Europe and Australia and have all given permission for their work to be copied as required. The music varies from unison anthems through to complex pieces for SSAA-Men, with many combinations in between. There is an annual Small Choirs Festival in London.
 
BOOK AN ORGANIST FORM

IF you get an error message, please let me know on philipnorman@pnms.co.uk. This may well be because you have used angle brackets, < and >, which are used in HTML coding and, placed in ordinary text, can confuse a browser.


If you need to book an organist for an emergency (for an event within the next 24 hours), ring Philip Norman (07939 064 247) after sending this form. Otherwise, please just fill in the form below. You will receive a confirmation of what you have requested, your information will be placed on the  Occasional Organists page and interested organists or pianists will make contact with you directly.

IF YOU DON'T HEAR ANYTHING FROM A PROSPECTIVE ORGANIST WITHIN A FEW DAYS, LET PHILIP NORMAN KNOW, AND A REMINDER WILL BE SENT OUT. PLEASE DON'T ASSUME THAT, BECAUSE AN ANNOUNCEMENT IS PLACED, THE PROBLEM IS SOLVED. UNLESS YOU HEAR FROM AN ORGANIST OR PHILIP NORMAN, YOUR REQUEST IS STILL UNFULFILLED.

However, if you would prefer for your contact details not to be available, or you need a person with special skills, say so in the "Any other details" section and Philip Norman will filter the replies to your request and forward them to you.


When you give contact details, please make sure that they will stay "live" for the period your notice will be displayed. For instance, if you fill in this form because you are about to go on holiday, is your personal land-line number the best one to give???

If you make a request for an organist and one replies, PLEASE CONFIRM THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED THEIR REPLY and say whether or not you actually need them. Without a confirmation, that organist doesn't know whether he or she is required, and may take another booking. Also, let me (Philip Norman) know when a request is filled, and who by, so that I can take it off the list.

Lastly, it is helpful if, when more organists contact you than you require, you let the unwanted organists know that they are not needed.
Name of Organisation
Contact Person
Telephone

(If you give your telephone number, organists can ring you directly and an agreement can quickly be made. However, you may find yourself accepting the first person who rings, which gives you little opportunity to pick and choose. If you give just an email contact, you will have time to gather basic information about all the interested organists.)
E-mail
Type of Engagement
(Wedding, Funeral etc)
Fee Offered
(Follow the Analysis of Fees Paid link to the left to get some idea of the range of fees being offered for various services.)
Date of Engagement
Time of Engagement

(This is the starting time, not the time you may need the organist to arrive. If you need him or her specially early, please say so in the Any Other Details section.)
Place of Engagement
(If you can include a postcode, this helps a lot.)

Do you want a vocal soloist or small vocal ensemble?
(If you fill in this box, Philip Norman will contact you to discuss your requirements.)
Musical Requirements
(The more information you are able to give here, the more likely you are to get an organist who can fill your requirements.)
Do you intend to make a video or audio recording of the service or ceremony? If so, this has important legal implications. Please, then, visit this LINK before continuing with the form.

I have read the information about video or audio recordings of services and ceremonies:

Yes:          No: 
Any Other Details



Thank you for using
Organists Online and
Philip Norman Music Services


This site is under human control, which means that errors may occur. If your request doesn't appear on this site within 24 hours of sending, please contact Philip Norman by email, text, or phone (contact details to the right).

CAVEAT EMPTOR!
Let the buyer beware!

The information presented on the Listed Organists page and the Registered Organists pages is exactly that submitted by each organist. Neither Organists Online nor Philip Norman Music Services have the means or power to check its accuracy. Also, unlisted and unregistered organists may see online requests and respond to them.

If you get several responses to a request, check the organists on the Listed and Registered pages. Quite often, these will give links that lead to additional information. If still in doubt, try a Google search or something similar. If an organist is neither listed nor registered, Google searches are recommended. If you wish, use the Feedback form (see the Menu to the left) to let me, Philip Norman, know about your experiences with organists found through these pages.

 
LISTED AND REGISTERED ORGANISTS
Listed Organists
(See below for Registered Organists)

Follow this LINK to access the basic list of 1,000+ organists from across the UK, with some contact details and information about qualifications and special skills. These organists are not specifically recommended or endorsed by Organists Online and the information given is as they submitted it.

If you are looking for a specific organist, the find/search facility in your browser  may make this easier. For some browsers, this is
CTRL+F.

If you want to become a Listed Organist, or change your details, please follow this LINK. There is no charge for being listed.
Registered Organists

Registered organists each have an individual web page embedded within Organists Online, but including much more personal information and details of skills and experience than a Listed Organist entry.

These pages do not include any information about other organists or any advertising, apart from that requested by the registering organist.

Each page has a unique URL so that, if required, it can be accessed from any browser WITHOUT passing through other Organists Online pages.

For further information, or to register, please follow this LINK.

 
FEES AND PAYMENTS

Most requests for organists via Organists Online are made by independent clients, in no way associated with Organists Online. In all such cases, financial arrangements take place just between the client and the organist in question.

Some requests are made by me. These have come to me personally by telephone but, as I cannot take them up,
I pass them on via Organists Online. In these cases, I have to choose the organist from all the replies but, thereafter,
financial arrangements take place just between the client and the organist in question.

With a couple of funeral directors I have monthly invoicing arrangements. If I find an organist for them, they do not want to
write out a cheque, or carry cash, for just this one particular instance. So, in such cases, I agree to pay the organist and then
invoice the funeral director later. I make these payments by BACS transfer (that is, from one bank directly to another).

Unless it is very unlikely that the organist in question will play for me again that month, or there is pressing financial need, my policy is to do all the BACS transfers at the end of the month so that any organist who may have played several times only has to have one transfer.

Just in case you think that this means that I am hanging on to your money, I only invoice the funeral directors after I have made the BACS payments. (Sometimes it takes some months for me to receive anything from the funeral director.)

I'd rather keep my fingers out of all your financial pies, but if it keeps funeral directors happy ...

Any questions - just contact me.

Philip Norman
14 Aug 2013
ANALYSIS OF FEES PAID

Organists Online is NOT an agency and DOES NOT set the fees for organists. When clients use the site to make direct contact with an organist, I have no idea what the financial arrangements are between them and what fees are paid. Similarly, if a client uses the online form to book an organist, that client says how much they want to pay. However, I do keep a record of the fees offered, and below are some statistical surveys, each covering the period 1 June - 31 May. Here is a brief explanation of the terms used:

MEAN: this is the raw average. It doesn't really tell us very much as one uncharacteristic figure (such as a fee of £1,000,000) would dramatically alter the mean without giving much idea of what most organists are getting.

MEDIAN: the midpoint. Half the fees offered were more than this and half were less. The median is more stable than the mean as one unusually high or low fee will make little overall change to the median.

MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM: these are self-explanatory - the highest and the lowest fees offered.

MODE: the most commonly offered fee. More clients offered this amount than any other.

Church: Ordinary church services where the congregation is paying the organist.

Private: a special church service, such as a baptism or remembrance service, where a family or private person is paying the organist.

Wedding, Funeral: self-explanatory.

Concert/Rehearsal: fees paid for accompanying a rehearsal/concert of a secular choir.

Singer: Singers Online provides vocalists. Just for the sake of interest, these are fees paid to singers on the same basis as Organists Online provides fees for organists. Most of these fees are for services/weddings/funerals or bumping up a part of a choir.

Instrument: Occasionally, Organists Online is asked to provide a piper for a funeral, a trumpeter for a wedding, or a traditional jazz band. These figures are included so that you can see what non-organists are being offered.














 
FEEDBACK

If you have been using Organists Online, either as an organist or a client, you may want to send some feedback to Philip Norman. This could be about the organist that you obtained through the site or (if you are an organist) about the church you visited. Any special points of praise or problems could be mentioned or, alternatively, any difficulties using the site. The more information available - the better the site can become. If you want to send some feedback, please fill in the form below (or ring Philip Norman on 020 8519 6491 or email him on pkn@pnms.co.uk)

Name:


Email:


Telephone:


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