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William Walond was born in Oxford in 1719 and was one of the few English 18th-century organ composers not to have been based in London. His music is attractive and accessible both to player and listener. Gabriele Damiani will coach you in the finer points of registration, touch and articulation on the organ of Lincoln College Chapel, Oxford built by William Drake Ltd. in 2010.
What to prepare
One or two pieces by Walond and/or his contempories such as Thomas Arne, Henry Heron, John Keeble, James Nares, Thomas Roseingrave, and John Stanley. 'From John Stanley to John Keeble' volume five in 'English Organ Music, an anthology from four centuries' edited by Robin Langley (Novello), and '18th-century English Organ Music, a graded anthology' compiled and edited by David Patrick (OUP) provide useful sources of repertoire.
Although some of this music is relatively undemanding to play, more advanced players will be able to explore nuances of touch and articulation which, when applied, add another dimension to the performance.
Fee: RCO Members £65; Non-members £67. Observer places (available once four playing places have been booked): RCO Members £20; Non-members £24