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German Romantic Organ Study Trip

Monday 28th May 2018 – Thursday 31st May 2018
Berlin, Leipzig and Merseburg

German Romantic organ music forms a core part of most organists’ repertoire. But what does it sound like when played on the German instruments of the period, and what does it feel like to play it on these instruments? There is only one way to find the answer to both these questions and that is by visiting instruments such as the five organs booked for this trip, all of which are renowned examples from the early and late Romantic periods of building and ideal for music of Brahms, Liszt, Karg-Elert, Reubke, Reger et al. Scroll to the bottom of the page to book online.

Participation as a player is open to organists of diploma standard. Ten places are available. There are also two places for observers. All participants must be aged over 18 on the first day of the trip.

This study trip is ideal for prospective candidates for ARCO in July 2018 and January 2019 when the written paper history period is Germany 1850–1920, and the set works are Brahms’s chorale preludes).

Berlin Cathedral (Wilhelm Sauer 1905)
St Thomas’s Church, Leipzig (Wilhem Sauer 1889, enlarged 1908)
St Michael’s Church, Leipzig (Wilhelm Sauer 1904)
St Nicolas’s Church, Leipzig (Friederich Ladegast 1862, enlarged by Wilhelm Sauer 1902/3, restored by Hermann Eule 2002/3)
Merseburg Cathedral (Friederich Ladegast 1855/1866)

Richard Brasier, group leader (RCO accredited teacher with international playing career)
Professor Martin Schmeding, lead teacher (Leipzig Musikhochschule and one of Germany's most respected teachers)
Dr. Andreas Sieling (Berlin Cathedral)

Monday 28 May, meet in Berlin in the evening for a meal together and an introduction to the trip
Tuesday 29 May, Berlin Cathedral (morning); St Thomas’s Leipzig (afternoon)
Wednesday 30 May, guided tour of the GRASSI museum of historical musical instruments (morning); St Michael’s and St Nicholas’s Churches Leipzig (afternoon and evening)
Thursday 31 May, Merseburg Cathedral (morning, ending at 10:30)
Click here to download the detailed itinerary.

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 in Berlin and Leipzig) and for the cost of meals. You are advised to take out appropriate travel insurance.
£355, RCO Members (players)
£395, Non-members (players)
£125, RCO Members (observers)
£150, Non-members (observers)
We invite applications for bursaries to assist with the fees. Apply by 1 May. Click here to download the bursary application form.

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Telephone Simon Williams on 020 3863 7003


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