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RCO London Organ Forum: Organ Music in Time of War

Saturday 1st November 2014 (10:00 – 17:00)
St George's Church, Hanover Square, London W1S 1FX

Tickets are still available for the Forum and for the Film. Scroll to the bottom of the page to book on-line. Film tickets will also be available at the door from 6.30pm.

This years RCO London Organ Forum (promoted in partnership with the London Bach Society), takes a look at the music of three composers, Reger, Karg-Elert and Widor, all granted Honorary Membership of the College shortly before the outbreak of World War I in 1914 and all, in their different ways, greatly influenced by the music of J. S. Bach.

The day ends with the option to attend the second anniversary recital at 19:00 (ending c. 20:45) of the highly acclaimed Richards, Fowkes & Co organ at St George's, Hanover Square in which David Briggs will improvise an organ sound track to the 1925 silent film 'Phantom of the Opera' starring Lon Chaney. Click here to view a clip of David improvising to this film on You Tube.

10:00 Setting the scene in musicGraham Barber plays
Mattheus-Final from Bach's Memento, Widor;
Trauerde, op 145, no 1, Reger;
Fugue from Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue on B-A-C-H, op 150, Karg-Elert
10:30 Setting the scene in words (Margaret Steinitz)
11:10 The RCO in 1914 (Andrew McCrea)
11:25 Break
11:45: 'How the organ came to be used in chamber music from Rheinberger to Karg-Elert' (Rupert Gough)
12:15 Gough Duo (Rachel Gough, violin; Rupert Gough, organ) with guest soprano soloist perform music by Karg-Elert, Reger, and Rheinberger
13:00 Lunch (not provided)
14:15 Illustrated Talk I: 'Reger, Bach and the Lutheran Chorale'(Graham Barber)
15:15 Break
15:45 Illustrated Talk II: 'Karg-Elert and the BACH motif' (Graham Barber)
16:30 Concluding MusicGraham Barber plays
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 720, J S Bach
Canzona (to the Prologus tragicus), op 46, IIB, Karg-Elert
Chorale Fantasy on Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, op 27, Reger
17:00 End of Forum

19:00-c.20:45 David Briggs improvises a sound track to the silent film 'Phantom of the Opera'

Full time students may attend the Forum part of the day free of charge. Send an email to register your intention to attend.
Full time students (Film only) 7.50
RCO Member (Forum only) 35
RCO Member(Forum + film) 45
RCO Member (Film only) 15
LBS Member (Forum only) 35
LBS Member (Forum + film) 45
LBS Member (Film only) 15
Others (Forum only) 40
Others (Forum + film) 50
Others (Film only) 15

Please note: no tickets will be issued for those attending the Forum. Tickets for the film, whether or not booked with the Forum, will be sent out from mid-September.

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