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Please book online whenever possible, following the links below. If you have a problem booking online please call RCO Bookings and Accounts on 05603 488231.
The following key is used as a guide to the level and suitability of classes: Beginner (Grades 1-4); Intermediate (Grades 4-6); Advanced (Grades 6-8 / CertRCO); Diploma 1 (CertRCO–ARCO); Diploma 2 (ARCO–FRCO); All Standards.
The organ music of the composers of the French Classical School (Boyvin, Clérambault, F. Couperin, Dandrieu, de Grigny, du Mage, Guilain, Lebègue, Marchand, Nivers...) is amongst the most beguiling in the repertoire, yet there are few organs in the UK which can begin to offer a glimpse of the sound world crucial to the projection of this repertoire, nor the action which facilitates the execution of the many ornaments. This study trip offers players of diploma standard and above the opportunity to hear and play the famous organs of
St Gervais, Paris where several generations of the Couperin family were organist, including François
Poitiers Cathedral world famous late Classical organ
Royal Chapel of the Palace of Versailles an historically inspired instrument of 1996 in the original case of 1710
The trip is ideal for those preparing for ARCO for examination in July 2017 and January 2018 when the Historical Studies topic is France, 1680–1760, and the Set Work is the Premier Livre d'orgue by Clérambault. Only 12 places are available to ensure adequate playing time for all. We regret that we cannot accept bookings from students under the age of 18 on 19.6.17.
Richard Brasier, group leader (RCO accredited teacher with international playing career)
Jean-Baptiste Robin, organ tutor (organist of the Royal Chapel of Versailles and renowned for his interpretation of French Classical organ music)
Monday 19 June, afternoon demonstration and class at St Gervais
Tuesday 20 June, classes and performance at Poitiers Cathedral
Wednesday 21 June, morning class at Versailles plus entry to the rest of the Palace and grounds afterwards
Click here for the detailed itinerary and advice on travel
Prices quoted are for access to the organs and tuition only and include VAT. You are responsible for booking and paying for your own travel and accommodation (there is no overnight stay in Poitiers so only one hotel is necessary in
Paris) and for the cost of meals. You are advised to ensure that you have travel insurance.
£345, RCO Members
We invite applications for bursaries to assist with the fees. Apply by 1 May.