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interNational Organ Day

Saturday 24th April 2021 (00:01 – 23:59)
Global & Online

interNational Organ Day 2021 (Saturday 24 April) will be the culmination of a week-long festival for the King of Instruments.

With 2020’s inaugural National Organ Day having been largely cancelled amid the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown, the 2021 celebrations are being designed for both live and online participation. An invitation has also been extended to organists around the world to make this an international event for the first time.

To further extend the scope and scale of activities, a week of themed days and events is being promoted by the RCO to create a full Organ Week starting from Sunday 18 April:

On interNational Organ Day itself (Saturday 24 April), anyone with a passion for the organ and its music is being encouraged to take part, either by arranging events themselves or persuading nearby venues with organs to arrange recitals, workshops or demonstrations.

By encouraging the global organ community to pull together, the RCO wants to create opportunities for everyone, regardless of age or background or location, to find a local or online event at which they can hear, play and experience this for themselves.

Organisers will be able to add their event to a global online diary, and download an information pack containing suggestions for activities, tips on organising events, and other resources including a poster template designed by competition winner and RCO member Agnes Ikuyo Nakajima CRCO.

At the event launch, RCO Chief Executive Sir Andrew Parmley said: “The organ is a truly unique and wonderful musical instrument which is inspiring to hear and thrilling to play.

“Sadly, far too few people get the chance to experience this. Long-term trends such as the decline of music education in schools have been compounded dramatically over recent months by the pandemic restrictions which have seen so many instruments fall silent.

“We hope that interNational Organ Day 2021, together with of all the Organ Week events leading up to it, will help to put this right, inspiring a whole new generation of musicians and enthusiasts to embrace the King of Instruments.”  

Regular updates and further information, including how to sign up and participate, will be published here in the coming weeks.


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