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The College of Organists examined: the foundation and early history of the RCO––Spring Festival in Oxford, part 2

Saturday 12th April 2014 (10:00 – 18:00)

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To mark the RCO's 150th anniversary, this one-day conference in Oxford (at Somerville and Keble Colleges) on 12 April will examine the environment which led to the foundation of the College of Organists in 1864, and investigate the preoccupations of the College's founding fathers and early members as they established a professional body for British organists, which eventually earned a Royal Charter in 1893. It will feature a recital by Graham Barber at Keble College. For on-line booking scroll down to the bottom of the page.

The Royal College of Organists is working in partnership with The Open University.

The speakers are:

Prof. Graham Barber (Leeds University): Organ playing and organ composition in late-19th-century Britain

Dr Martin Clarke (The Open University): ‘Loud organs, his glory forth tell in deep tone’: the interaction of music, liturgy and theology in mid-19th-century Britain

Timothy Day (Hereford): Where did the English treble come from?

Dr Rosemary Golding (The Open University): The organist’s profession in the 1850s and 60s

Peter Horton (Royal College of Music): The road to Olympus: the early careers of four contrasting early-Victorian organists

Andrew McCrea (Royal College of Organists): The foundation of the College of Organists and its early initiatives

The Revd Dr Nicholas Thistlethwaite (Guildford Cathedral): Organ design in the 1860s and instruments associated with the founders

David Wright (Tunbridge Wells): ‘Middle-classing’ the music profession in Victorian Britain

Registration from 9.45 at Somerville College (Margaret Thatcher Centre)

Recital by Graham Barber at Keble College Chapel at 13.45

Lectures conclude at 17.45

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Saturday 12 April, 09:30–18:30: ‘Set Your Sights! a taste of the organ scholar experience’. For ambitious teenage organists who are preparing for or considering organ scholarships in universities, cathedrals or churches. Tuition on repertoire and keyboard skills in the morning; sing, accompany and conduct choral evensong in the afternoon.


Fees (including morning coffee, light lunch, recital attendance and afternoon tea):

RCO Easter Course Member: £40

RCO Member: £50

Non-Member: £55

RCO Student Member: £30

Other full time students: £40

Overnight Bed & Breakfast (B&B) accommodation at Merton College, Friday 11 April: £67 (standard room); £86 (en-suite room)

If you have a problem with the on-line booking system please call RCO Bookings on 05603 488231.

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