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The Easter Course offers in-depth tuition for those preparing to take CRCO, ARCO or FRCO in July 2019 or January 2020 and for those who are considering entering in the future. You can attend as a resident or non-resident and special timetables can be devised for those preparing for specific sections of CRCO, ARCO or FRCO rather than the whole examination. There is also a Repertoire and Skills strand for those who play to diploma standard. Students on this strand will receive tuition in the areas of repertoire specified in the 'What to Prepare' section below.
Public recitals during the course
Click here to download the programme for recitals by Stephen Farr (Thursday 4 April, St John's College, 8pm) and Daniel Moult (Friday 5 April, Trinity College, 8pm). Both are admission free/retiring collection.
Comments after 2018 course
• The course offers wonderful teaching and excellent flexibility. There is a real feeling of putting students first. Wonderful organs. Thank you!
• I enjoyed it enormously and have taken away a great deal of valuable information and technique to apply to my playing and learning.
• The teaching was of the highest quality and the atmosphere was one of friendship and encouragement. Thank you.
Click here to send an email to discuss your requirements. We welcome applications for bursaries in support of the tuition fees, which should be received by 1 February (see below). We regret that we cannot accept bookings from those still aged under 18 at the start of the course. Scroll to the bottom of the page to book online.
Location, accommodation and teaching venues
We are resident at Sidney Sussex College, home to two fine organs (Taylor & Boody chamber organ and new two-manual Flentrop). In addition, tuition will take place on several other of Cambridge's varied collection of fine organs. Accommodation is in single rooms––ensuite or standard at your choice. Standard rooms have a wash basin with shared toilet and bathroom facilities nearby.
• Stephen Farr, RCO Chief Examiner, acclaimed recitalist with extensive discography, much in demand as a teacher. Having recorded the complete organ works of Leighton, Stephen will lead a seminar on the CRCO set works for July 2019 and January 2020, the six pieces in 'A Leighton Organ Album' (OUP), as well as teaching across the course and playing a recital which will include the Leighton works.
• Susan Landale, Visiting Professor of Organ at the Royal Academy of Music and formerly Professor at the National Regional Conservatoire in Rueil-Malmaison (Ile de France). Born and educated in Edinburgh but having based her
professional career in France, Susan leads seminars on the ARCO set period and set works (France 1870–1950 and Langlais's Suite médiévale and Suite française) and the FRCO set work, Messiaen's Les Corps Glorieux (a work she has
recorded). She will also teach across the course.
• Sarah MacDonald, Fellow and Director of Music at Selwyn College Cambridge and Director of Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir. Sarah will teach the Diploma written papers.
• Daniel Moult, Head of Organ Studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, trustee and examiner for the RCO and renowned recitalist and recording artist. Daniel will lead a seminar on the FRCO set history period (Thuringia and
Saxony 1670–1750), play a recital featuring this repertoire, and teach across the course.
• Simon Williams, Director RCO East, South and South West region and Director of Music, St George's, Hanover Square. Simon is Course Director and will in particular teach the aural and keyboard skills components of the Diplomas.
What to prepare
CRCO, ARCO and FRCO students: pieces from the lists in the examination regulations (work in progress is acceptable)
You will also find it useful to bring any examples of your work in preparation for the written paper(s) as appropriate
Repertoire and Skills students
• Bach and his circle to play to Daniel Moult
• Two or more contrasting pieces by French composers written in the period 1870–1950 to play to Susan Landale
• Two or more contrasting pieces by Kenneth Leighton to play to Stephen Farr
Click here to download the repertoire list and other instructions about what to prepare.
We welcome applications for bursaries towards the cost of the course fees from students of all ages. These should be received by the College by 1 March 2018. Click here to go the Awards & Bursaries page.
If you are applying for a bursary please complete the online booking form but make no payment. Add a note to your booking that you are applying for a bursary.
Fees(all prices include VAT)
RCO Member (standard room with wash basin) £695
RCO Member (ensuite room) £745
RCO Member (non-resident but including lunch and dinner) £530
Non-member (standard room with wash basin) £735
Non-member (ensuite room) £785
Non-member (non-resident but including lunch and dinner) £570
You can also book extra nights Bed & Breakfast for Wednesday 3 and/or Saturday 6 April at a cost of £62 (standard room)/£87 (en-suite room) per night. Until 1 February you can pay a £50 deposit, the balance of fees becoming due immediately after this date. If booking after 1 February the full fees are due immediately. Those intending to apply for a bursary should pay the deposit only. You will be informed shortly after 1 February as to the outcome.