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RCO SCOTS Local Organ Workshop: Dunblane

Saturday 23rd October 2021 (10:00 – 16:00)
Dunblane

RCO SCOTS supports the work of organists and all those providing music for worship in Scotland’s churches. Our local organ workshops are an informal way to broaden your knowledge, to meet like-minded people and to share experiences, and to receive advice and feedback on your playing. Whether you are eager to participate or prefer to sit back and absorb what’s happening, you will be very welcome.

In particular, if you are getting back into practice after an enforced break during the pandemic this is the perfect opportunity to refocus and brush up your skills again.

We will use three organs in Dunblane: the fine Flentrop instrument at Dunblane Cathedral, our base for the day, the Conacher organ at St Blane's Church and the James Bruce/ J. J. Binns organ at St Mary's Episcopal.

Our Dunblane workshop is open to everyone, whether you are already playing in organ in the church or not. Perhaps you have been asked to help and would like some guidance? Or maybe you have been unable to practise during the past year or so and are looking for inspiration? If so, join us on 23 October. Book before 8 October for a £10 discount on the event fee!

The day will include:

  • Plenary session on the relaunch of SCOTS 
  • John Riley introduces the nuts and bolts of improvisation
  • Steven McIntyre presents a hymn workshop, helping you to lead a congregation confidently 
  • Simon Leach leads a repertoire session—bring a piece you've been working on recently for hints and tips on preparation and performance

The day is open to all. For members of SCOTS, please note that subscriptions are now due. It will be helpful if you renew online before signing up for the workshop.

Your annual SCOTS subscription is now payable to the RCO, where you can become a SCOTS Affiliate Member. The cost of this subscription remains at £25 per year. As well as membership of SCOTS this will give you access to the large library of learning content and material on our digital hub iRCO, electronic copies of RCO News and the RCO Journal, and subscription to the RCO eNews member email. You will be able to pay this and subsequent subscriptions online using a credit or debit card. We are asking participants to go online to enter their contact details and pay their subscriptions by the following method:

  • Go to www.rco.org.uk/join and click the ‘Join the RCO Today’ button
  • Under Membership type, select Affiliate SCOTS Member
  • Under SCOTS adviser, select the name of your current adviser
  • Fill in the remaining details and make your payment

If you are already a full or student member of the RCO, your SCOTS membership is already covered by your subscription and there is no need to make a further payment.

Guidance for those attending RCO events, autumn 2021

The RCO and its contracted teachers and other staff will endeavour to make sure that in-person events are Covid secure, but the College cannot accept liability if someone attending an event becomes unwell, including contracting Covid-19. Should Government regulations and advice change, requirements resulting from this will be followed.

We ask those attending to show consideration for the well-being of others:

  • Please only attend if you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or have taken a lateral flow test within twenty-four hours of attending an event. This will be taken on trust.
  • You should not attend an event if you are feeling unwell. Please note that symptoms of the Delta variant of Covid-19 include those similar to developing a cold.
  • Please let us know if you test positive for Covid soon after attending an event.
  • If you are unable to attend an event at short notice because of testing positive for Covid-19 we will refund the full fee paid provided you let us know in advance or immediately after the event.

At the event

  • Please bring your own hand sanitiser and use this on arrival, before and after playing the organ, and before and after using any toilet facilities.
  • Please do not attempt to share music and other resources.
  • Please maintain social distancing of at least two metres where possible.
  • The wearing of masks remains compulsory in indoor public places in Scotland, so we ask you to wear a mask at all times indoors unless you are exempt. The Scottish Government guidance can be read in full here .

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