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Saturday 25th November 2017 (14:30 – 17:30)

Equipping the organist

St Martin-in-the-Cornmarket, Corn Market, Worcester WR1 2DJ
Gerdi Troskie

This first of three classes for 2017–18 run in partnership with the Worcestershire Organists’ Association (scroll down for details of the other two classes). It will address the following topics :

• How to choose appropriate repertoire to suit your needs and technical abilities
• How to prepare a score and learn a piece
• How to structure your practice
• How to develop and improve technique through repertoire choices

Players of any standard will be welcome, and observer places will become available nearer the time.

What to prepare
Participants are each invited to bring along two pieces to play during the class. Ideally, these should represent contrasting musical styles. Students will be assisted with registration. In pursuit of the class aims (see above), advice will also be given on how to tackle new challenges, how to practise methodically, and how to prepare pieces for public performance.

The venue
In the heart of Worcester, close to Worcester Foregate Street and Worcester Shrub Hill stations, Old Saint Martin’s is a Georgian church built in the 1770s. Directions may be found here.
The organ was originally built by Nicholson (1841/1856); it was substantially rebuilt by Trevor Tipple in 1987.

The teacher
Based in Worcester, Gerdi Troskie is an accredited teacher of the Royal College of Organists and teaches piano and organ at The King’s School, Worcester. To read more about Gerdi, follow this link.  

The following classes will continue the work commenced in this class, and will also be bookable via the RCO site in due course: 

10 February 2018 (with Hilary Norris, at Ledbury Parish Church): An appropriate style – renaissance and baroque repertoire

19 April 2018 (with Christopher Allsop, at Worcester Cathedral; please note this class is on a Thursday evening): Practice to performance – romantic and modern repertoire

Fee: RCO or WOA Members £35; non-members £42 (places for observers will be made available in due course)

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