RCO unveils 2011 autumn events season

RCO unveils 2011 autumn events season

The Royal College of Organists (RCO) has announced an autumn events programme with a strong focus on nurturing the next generation of young musicians.

The season starts with the inspirational three-day Finding Your Feet event, running from October 27th to 29th in Bristol.

The event is aimed at young organists of up to grade 5 standard and aged 10 to 15 years, as well as young pianists up to grade 5 who wish to try the organ.

Over three days, course leader Daniel Moult, tutor Rosemary Field and the RCO Academy team will lead tuition in small graded groups using the thrilling 4-manual instruments in the Cathedral and at St Mary Redcliffe, and modern mechanical action organs at Clifton.

On November 12th, the RCO will then hold the fourth of its 2011 Raise Your Game! workshops, the event returning to London after a ‘round the UK’ tour through spring and summer.

Suitable for young organists of all standards aged up to 19 and pianists wanting to try the organ, the day will feature friendly classes led by tutors Gerard Brooks, James Lloyd Thomas and James Parsons, introducing youngsters to the thrill of organ playing at the consoles of All Souls, Langham Place, All Saints, Margaret Street and St Marylebone Parish Church.

It also offers young musicians the unmissable opportunity to play the wonderful organ of Westminster Cathedral.

Elsewhere in the autumn season, the RCO London Organ Forum (November 5th at St Giles Cripplegate Church, London) will explore the pedal harpsichord with a full day of talks and performances from the young Slovenian keyboardist Dalibor Miklavcic and Dr John Kitchen, whose acclaimed recording of the complete organ works of William Russell was released in late 2008.

Taking advantage of their expertise in Early Music, the forum will explore the relationship between the organ repertoire and repertoire for other instruments with both manuals and pedals, especially that for the pedal harpsichord.

Finally, an RCO Examination Study Day is being held at St Barnabas Church, Dulwich on November 26th. The day will offer a flexible pattern of tuition covering all aspects of the syllabuses for CertRCO, ARCO and FRCO, making it an essential day for those sitting exams in January 2012 and a valuable experience for those whose sights are set further ahead.

For details of all RCO events and activities, visit www.rco.org.uk

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