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Thursday 19th April 2018 (18:30 – 21:30)

Practice to performance: romantic and modern repertoire

Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA
Christopher Allsop

The third of three repertoire-focused classes for 2017–18 run in partnership with the Worcestershire Organists’ Association (scroll down for details of the other two classes). Christopher Allsop will build on previous RCO/WOA classes, concentrating on romantic and 20th-century English and French repertoire (c.1850 to the present). He will also assist players to make appropriate choices of what to play and how to go about playing it. There will be a focus on techniques and styles relevant to the period.

This class is open to six participants of all playing standards. Places for observers will be available in February. Scroll to the bottom of the page to book online.

What to prepare
Playing participants should choose a piece or pieces from the period outlined above, lasting a total of about 6–8 minutes; please email details of your choice to Andrew McCrea in advance of the class.

The venue
In the heart of Worcester, close to Worcester Foregate Street and Worcester Shrub Hill stations, the Cathedral is renowned for its magnificent architecture and connections to musicians, not least Thomas Tomkins and Edward Elgar. For more information and directions, click here

The organ
A 4-manual Kenneth Tickell instrument installed in 2008. The full specification can be found in the National Pipe Organ Register (NPOR).

The teacher
An acclaimed recitalist and accompanist, Christopher Allsop is the Assistant Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral. Read more about him here

RCO and Worcestershire Organists’ Association (WOA)
This is the third of three classes in 2017–2018 which the RCO and WOA are organising in partnership. Follow the links below to find details/booking information for the first two classes:

Saturday 25 November 2017, 14.30–17.30: Equipping the organist (Gerdi Troskie, Worcester)

Saturday 10 February 2018, 14.30–17.30: An appropriate style: renaissance and baroque repertoire (Hilary Norris, Ledbury)

Follow this link to learn more about the Worcestershire Organists’ Association.

Fee: RCO or WOA Members £35; non-members £42 (places for observers, at £10/£15, are also available)

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