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A day of practical advice with a small group (maximum 6 players) focused on helping you improve your hymn and voluntary playing. Suitable for all ages and levels of experience up to CRCO diploma, we especially encourage those new to playing in church or those planning to do so to attend, together with those with some experience.
10.30am Doors open—entry by south side door
10.45am Coffee and Welcome
11.15am Plenary and 1st teaching session—Hymns
12.45pm Lunch—bring packed lunch or visit nearby coffee shop
1.30pm Plenary and 2nd teaching session—Hymns
3.00pm Plenary and 3rd teaching session—Voluntaries
Holy Trinity Parish & Garrison Church, Trinity Place, Windsor, SL4 3AT. There is no parking at the church. Use Windsor town centre car parks or public transport. Holy Trinity Church is easily reached on foot from Windsor & Eton Riverside or Windsor & Eton Central stations.
Colourful three-manual west-gallery organ designed by Sir Walter Parratt. Click here for full details.
What to prepare
Participants should prepare two contrasting hymns, bringing six music copies of each, plus one voluntary with two spare copies of the music. You can play using the pedals or not at your choice.
The teaching format will be a mix of plenary discussion, demonstration and individual teaching. All the attendees will be participants, with no observers. Topics for the Hymns sessions will include play-overs, tempi, registration and response to the text. Topics for the Voluntaries session will include choice of music, registration and performance style.
John Halsey is RCO Regional Consultant for Berkshire and Director of Music of the Benefice of New Windsor (three Anglican parishes in the centre of Windsor). He read Mathematics at Jesus College, Cambridge, studied cello with Christopher Bunting and took his PGCE while singing in the Choir of King's College, Cambridge under Philip Ledger. While teaching at St Paul's School, he took a BMus at Goldsmiths' College, University of London, studied organ with Richard Popplewell and sang as a Gentleman of the Chapels Royal, St James's Palace, later moving to be Director of Music at St Luke's, Chelsea.
Fee: RCO Members £40; Non-members £50