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Set Your Sights!––a taste of the organ scholar experience (Spring Festival in Oxford, part 3)

Saturday 12th April 2014 (09:30 – 18:00)

Places are still available. Booking closes on Thursday 10 April. After this time please contact James Parsons (contact details given below) if you wish to attend or to sing in the choir for choral evensong. No booking fee is required from singers.

A day programme for teenage organists aiming for an organ scholarship at university or cathedral, or simply wishing to gain experience in conducting and accompanying choirs.

We are based at Merton College a historic and idyllic place. Be amongst the first to play its spectacular, brand-new 3-manual Chapel organ made by Dobson, Iowa, USA to celebrate Merton's 750th anniversary. We shall also use some of the other fine organs in college chapels.

- play Bach to Margaret Phillips

- Jeremy Summerly will help you sing, accompany, and conduct Choral Evensong at Merton

- get help with repertoire and keyboard skills from RCO Academy's James Parsons and Simon Williams

One or more organ pieces by J S Bach.
Bring other repertoire on which you are currently working, some of which can be used as pre- and post- service voluntaries at choral evensong.
Learn to sing your voice part in the music for choral evensong (listed below with download links).
Learn one or more accompaniments of the music for choral evensong and be ready to play it on the day.
Prepare to conduct one or more of the pieces for choral evensong (don't worry if you have never conducted before, we will help you get started!)

MUSIC FOR CHORAL EVENSONG - click on the titles to download free copies
Introit: My eyes for beauty pine, Herbert Howells (no free download available, click title to go to publisher's website)

Responses: Byrd (5pt)

Psalm: Psalm 65 sheet 1 and Psalm 65 sheet 2

Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis: Walmisley in D minor

Anthem: Cantique de Jean Racine, Gabriel Fauré

Hymn: All for Jesus! (New English Hymnal number 272, tune 'All for Jesus', Stainer) (No download available)

Click here to read about our SYS day in Oxford in 2012 and see photos.

Enquiries: Click here to email James Parsons or call him on 05603 440489.

You can book on-line or, to book by telephone (credit/debit card needed), please call RCO Bookings on 05603 488231. Call the same number if you need to pay by cheque (e.g. for schools booking several places).

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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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