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Saturday 10th February 2018 (14:30 – 17:30)

An appropriate style: renaissance and baroque repertoire

St Michael & All Angels, Ledbury, HR8 1PL
Hilary Norris

The second of three classes for 2017–18 run in partnership with the Worcestershire Organists’ Association (scroll down for details of the other two classes). Hilary Norris will address the main principles of HIP as applied to renaissance and baroque repertoire, and help players to bring together these elements to perform pieces with an appropriate style. You can expect to learn more about:

> articulation
> phrasing
> registration
> ornamentation
> tempi
> context

This class is open to six participants of all playing standards, and places for observers will be available in a few weeks' time. Scroll to the bottom of the page to book online.

What to prepare
Examples of music from the British and European repertoire (1500–1750) should be chosen by participants and might include Toccatas, Ricercars, and Intonaziones by Italian and German composers (e.g., Rossi, Merulo, Frescobaldi, and Froberger), Preludes, Fugues, and Chorale Preludes by Buxtehude or Bach, mass movements by Couperin or Clérambault, or voluntaries by British composers (e.g. Locke, Purcell, Blow, and Stanley). Playing participants should choose a piece or pieces lasting a total of about 6–8 minutes, and should inform Andrew McCrea of their choice in advance of the class.

The venue
In the heart of Ledbury, close to the station, St Michael and All Angels is the Parish Church of Ledbury. More information and directions may be found here.

The organ
Originally built by Nicholson, it was rebuilt by Percy Daniel & Co. in 2000. The specification can be found in the National Pipe Organ Register (NPOR).  

The teacher
Based in Leominster, Hilary Norris is Director of Studies of the Diocese of Hereford Organists’ Training Scheme and an experienced harpsichordist, organist and choral conductor. You can read more about her here

RCO and Worcestershire Organists’ Association (WOA)
This is the second of three classes in 2017–2018 which the RCO and WOA are organising in partnership. For details of the first class on 25 November (choosing repertoire and effective learning techniques) click here. The third class, at Worcester Cathedral in April, continues the repertoire theme of the first two classes and focuses on French/English romantic and 20th-century repertoire: more details here.

Follow the link to learn more about the Worcestershire Organists' Association.

Fee: RCO or WOA Members £32; non-members £39 (places for observers, at £8/£12, are available)

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