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RCO Organ Forum—3D Franck

Saturday 29th October 2022 (10:00 – 17:00)
Our Lady of Victories Church, High Street Kensington, London W8 6SA

The 2022 RCO Organ Forum explores the music of César Franck, one of the most important composers for the organ, the two-hundreth anniversary of whose birth falls on 10 December.

Following the example of previous Organ Forums, we are privileged to have leading performers and scholars illuminating Franck's organ music from different perspectives. Central to the day is the highly acclaimed 53-stop Skrabl organ of 2021 voiced in the French Symphonic style and inspired by the work of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll.

Artistic Director for the Forum, Richard Brasier, has just completed a new edition of Franck's organ music published by Lyrebird
RCO Immediate Past President Gerard Brooks is widely recognised as an expert on French organ music of the 19th and 20th centuries
Eric Lebrun is titular organist of the Église Saint-Antoine-des-Quinze-Vingts, Paris, and is also a composer and pedagogue
William McVicker is organ curator for London's Royal Festival Hall and, as an organ consultant, is working on the historical reconstruction of the Cavaillé-Coll organ in Manchester's Town Hall

10:00–10:30 Registration
10:30–11:00 Welcome and introduction to the organ works of César Franck
11:00–11:15 Break
11:15–13:00 Masterclass with Eric Lebrun in church
13:00–14:00 Lunch (not provided)
14:00–14:30 Chamber recital with Charles Cunliffe (bass-baritone), William Melvin (violin) and Richard Gowers (piano)
14:30–14:45 Short break
14:45–15:15 César Franck’s organ music – a new performing edition
15:15–15:45 Talk on the restoration of the Manchester Town Hall Cavaillé-Coll
15:45–16:00 Break
16:00–17:00 Organ concert with Eric Lebrun (included in the price of the day but also available to book separately)


Fee: RCO Members £40 (Forum and Concert), £10 (Concert only); RCO Student Members £20 (Forum and Concert), £5 (Concert only); Non-members £52 (Forum and Concert), £15 (Concert only); Full time students £30 (Forum and Concert), £8 (Concert only)

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