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Modern music is seen as strange, difficult, inaccessible, and even off-putting. There is no need for this to be the case. One of the glories of modern music is its huge diversity of style and difficulty level. Truly, there is something for everyone. Perhaps you are on the look-out for something new which appeals to you, or maybe you would like to learn to appreciate modern music more deeply? Either way, Tom’s class for you!
As a player you may have some appropriate works in your repertoire already, or a piece or two which you are learning: if so, bring them to Tom’s class. If not, a good place to start would be the works commissioned for ‘The Orgelbüchlein Project’, a project with which Tom has been involved in recent times (he took part in the first complete performance in Amsterdam in 2019). This link will take you to the material published so far:
You could bring anything from this book, but here are some suggestions, with the level of difficulty indicated (1 = easiest, 5 = most challenging):
von Blohn: 2
As for other recommendations, the excellent Unbeaten Tracks (various difficulty levels) from Faber Music (ed. John Scott, 2001) would be ideal, or any of the contemporary works in the Oxford Service Music for Organ (OUP) series, or any of the following works which Tom recommends (level of difficulty shown):
Walcha, Zum Bethlehem Geboren or Herzliebster Jesu (1)
Gibbs, Peacehaven Preludes (2/3)
Cage, Souvenir (3)
Hagen, Shalom (3)
MacMillan, Gaudeamus in Loci Pace (4)
Bolcom, Free Fantasia on ‘O Zion Haste’ and ‘How Firm a Foundation’ (5)
The class will take place at St Cassian’s, Chaddesley Corbett, Nr Kidderminster DY10 4SD.
The current National Pipe Organ Register entry for the organ can be found at: https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=D00391
However, the organ is currently being rebuilt by Nicholson & Co. and more can be read about the project at:
This class is given in association with the Worcestershire Organists’ Association (WOA):
There are 5 spaces available for players and an unlimited number of places for observers. RCO members and WOA members receive a reduction on the class fee (particpants and observers).
Fee: RCO and/or WOA Members £36; non-members £43 (places for observers: £10 for RCO/WOA members and £15 for non-members)