Tom Gasgoigne Bursary


Thomas Gascoigne was born in Buckinghamshire in 1917.  He is reputed to have become the organist at Bow Brickhill Church at the age of twelve.  In due course, he became a student of composition under Dr Eric Thiman at Trinity College, London.  Having acquired FRCO LRAM and LTCL, he became a teacher in the Slough and High Wycombe localities and was for some time teaching music at Oakdene School, Beaconsfield.  In 1950, he was appointed Organist at St. Mary’s Beaconsfield, a post which he held for forty-four years, retiring in 1994 due to declining health. A founder member of the Buckinghamshire Organists’ Association, he served on the committee from 1963 and was elected Chairman 1984-1987.  His outstanding service was recognised in 1991 by being made an honorary member of the association. Sadly, Tom passed away in February 1997.  In remembrance of his significant contribution, the Buckinghamshire Organists’ Association agreed to establish a bursary of £100.00 per annum, to support organ students, when and wherever considered appropriate. Beneficiaries to date have been: 

1997     Charles Wooller             

2000     Daveth Clark                 

2001     Peter Yardley Jones        

2007     Katrina Faranda Bellofiglio

2008     Katrina Faranda Bellofiglio

2009     Katrina Faranda Bellofiglio

2010     Alexandria Dickenson-Lomas and William Parker

2017     Jonathan Davis

2023     Clöe McBarnett



We are looking for young organ scholars who might benefit from this bursary.  Conact Hon Sec.