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Clearing Away the Cobwebs II: Improvisation

Saturday 21st May 2022 (13:30 – 16:30)
Riga Rose, Scout Close, Mytholmroyd, Near Hebden Bridge, HX7 5JU, Yorkshire

The COVID pandemic affected everybody, including all of us in the organ world. As we attempt to get back to a new normality, there is a need to ‘clear away the cobwebs’ that have gathered during lockdown. What better opportunity to liberate your playing by attending these workshops led by Professor David Baker at his home in Mytholmroyd? The classes are in association with the Halifax Organ and Choral Academy and are aimed at players of all standards, backgrounds and contexts. Subject to places, observers are also welcome at all three classes.

There are many occasions when organists are required to improvise in performance and improvisation is a key skill that will enable you appreciate repertoire and develop your capacity as a player as well as prepare you for requisite exam questions, where relevant! David believes that everyone can improvise, so come and learn the basic techniques of good improvisation at this class.

What to prepare

Participants should think about opportunities when they could be asked to improvise and, if they have not already done so, try out simple improvisation, as for example, by continuing a hymn tune at the end of a final verse for 30 seconds or more. Come ready to ask lots of questions and see how it is done, with lots of time for you to have a go yourself if you want to! 

A discount is available for people wishing to attend all three classes. Please contact Tom Bell for details of this.

Fee: £35 RCO Members; £45 non-members (£15/£20 observer places also available)

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