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Spend a few Spring days amidst Oxford's dreaming spires on the RCO's highly regarded Easter Course, resident in 2020 at Merton College. It offers:
• in-depth tuition for those preparing to take CRCO, ARCO or FRCO in July 2020 or January 2021, and for those who are considering entering at a later date.
• a Repertoire & Skills strand for those who hold ARCO or FRCO or who play to an equivalent standard
• attendendance as a resident or non-resident
• special timetables for those preparing for specific sections of CRCO, ARCO or FRCO rather than the whole examination.
We regret that we cannot accept bookings from those under the age of 18 at the start of the course.
Comments after 2019 course
• Thank you for a wonderful course last week—the first RCO one I’ve ever been on and it didn’t disappoint!
• Thank you for the varied schedule, focussed teaching, access to a range of instruments, and the relaxed but professional atmosphere throughout.
• I thoroughly enjoyed meeting fellow candidates preparing for their diplomas and also the teachers who were so supportive. A very uplifting experience and a wonderful opportunity for networking.
• Once again, an informing and affirming course, which helped me to see the areas I need to work on, whilst encouraging me on my journey to be a better organist.
Click here to send an email to discuss your requirements or scroll to the bottom of the page to book online. We welcome applications for bursaries in support of the tuition fees, which should be received by 1 February (see below). Scroll to the bottom of the page to book online.
Location, accommodation and teaching venues
We are resident at Merton College, where we will have extensive use of the 2013 Dobson organ. In addition, tuition will take place on several other of Oxford's varied collection of fine organs.
Accommodation is in single ensuite rooms and, for those who require it, will be available from Tuesday 14 April on the afternoon of which day there will be access to some organs for private practice.
• Andrew Arthur, Fellow and Director of Music at Trinity Hal, University of Cambridge
• Margaret Phillips, Professor of Organ at the Royal College of Music and co-founder of the English Organ School
• Martin Schmeding, Chair of Artistic Organ Playing at the University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy", Leipzig and visiting professor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
• David Maw (diploma written papers), Associate Professor of Music, University of Oxford
• Simon Williams, Director RCO East, South and South West region and Director of Music, St George's, Hanover Square, London. Simon is Course Director and will in particular teach the aural and keyboard skills components of the Diplomas.
What to prepare
CRCO, ARCO and FRCO strands: pieces from the lists in the examination regulations (work in progress is acceptable) (Please note that there is a new list of pieces set for examination from July 2020 onwards and new hymns for the CRCO hymn playing test)
You will also find it useful to bring any examples of your work in preparation for the written paper(s) as appropriate
Repertoire and Skills strand (ARCO is the minimum playing level though you do not need to hold a Diploma to register for this strand):
• At least one free work and one chorale prelude by Buxtehude to play to Andrew Arthur whose CD 'The Buxtehude Influence' has been highly acclaimed.
• Two or more contrasting pieces by English composers of the period c.1730–c.1830 to play to Margaret Phillips whose recordings of this music, often on historic English organs, porvide reference points for the repertoire.
• German Organ Music c.1870–c.1940: at least one piece by Brahms (chorale preludes only), Karg-Elert, Liszt (later works only), Reger, or Rheinberger AND at least one piece by one of the German Organ Reform movement composers such as Distler and Pepping (early works) to play to Martin Schmeding, a renowned interpreter of this repertoire in concert and on CD.
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We welcome applications for bursaries towards the cost of the course fees from students of all ages. These should be received by the College by 1 February 2020. Click here to go the Awards & Bursaries page.
Fees (all prices include VAT)
RCO Member (ensuite room) £745
RCO Member (non-resident, included lunch and dinner) £520
Non-member (ensuite room) £795
Non-member (non-resident, including lunch and dinner) £570
You can also book Bed & Breakfast for Tuesday 14 April 3 at a cost of £95.00. We regret that accommodation is not available for the night of Friday 17 April.
Until 1 February you can pay a £50 deposit, the balance of fees becoming due immediately after this date.
If booking after 1 February the full fees are due immediately. Those intending to apply for a bursary should pay the deposit only. You will be informed shortly after 1 February as to the outcome.