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National Performance Festival for Young Organists


Taking place on the late-May Bank Holiday Monday, this Festival is for organists of all levels of experience up to the age of 19. Players will perform a piece of their choice on the organ of New College, Oxford to Katherine Dienes, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Guildford Cathedral, who will provide written comments. Players will also attend workshops held at other Colleges on aspects of organ playing led by Stephen Grahl, Assistant Organist of New College and Director of Music at London's St Marylebone Church, and Katharine Pardee, Betts Fellow in Organ Studies at Oxford University, and a celebrity lunch time recital at Christ Church Cathedral given by David Goode.

A booking form is available in the Downloads section of the website.

Promoted by the College in partnership with Oundle for Organists.


From 10:00 Arrival and registration. Entrance to New College is via the Holywell Street gate. There is also a gate in New College Lane.

10:30 Welcome and introduction to the day

10:45 – 11:30 Classes A, B and C prepare performances at New College

11:30 – 12:30 Classes A, B and C perform at New College

10:45 – 11:30 Class Di) workshop with RCO Early English Organ Project Wingfield Organ at

Brasenose College

Class Dii) workshop at Magdalen College

11:45 – 12:30 Class Di) workshop at Magdalen College

Class Dii) workshop with RCO EEOP Organ at Brasenose College

13:00 Recital by David Goode at Christ Church Cathedral – this is open to the public free of charge, with a retiring collection.

14:30 – 15:30 Class D prepares performances at New College

15:30 – 16:30 Class D performs at New College

14:30 – 15:15 Classes A and B workshop with RCO EEOP Organ at Brasenose College

Class C workshop at Magdalen College

15:30 – 16:15 Classes A and B workshop at Magdalen College

Class C workshop with RCO EEOP Organ at Brasenose College

16:30 Presentation of Certificates

17:00 End


David Goode, Christ Church Cathedral, 13:00 - 13:45

Bach - Fantasia and Fugue in G minor

Reger - Benedictus

John Pickard - Tesserae (First performance. Francis Pickard is member of the music department at Bristol University and has had many important commissions including for the BBC Promenade Concerts)

Durufle - Sicilienne and Toccata from the Suite op 5.


For RCO courses and classes, the following key is used as a guide to level and suitability:
Beginner (Grades 1-4)
Intermediate (Grades 4-6)
(Grades 6-8 / CRCO)
Diploma 1
Diploma 2

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