Strongest ever mix of classes, courses and events for 2012 Academy programme

Strongest ever mix of classes, courses and events for 2012 Academy programme

The Royal College of Organists (RCO) has announced a strong mix of courses, classes and other events for the first half of 2012.

Highlights of the College’s RCO Academy programme include a Sing Haydn! event taking place in St Paul’s Church, Knightbridge, classes covering Bach’s Leipzig Chorales, turn of the century repertoire and the stylus fantasticus, plus the ever-popular three-day Easter Course.

RCO Academy director Simon Williams said: “It’s wonderful to be able to offer such a variety of events for the months ahead, covering a breadth of subjects, and supporting range of abilities.

“Whether it’s classes on practical technique, studies of repertoire, support and guidance for those undertaking examinations or simply a shared celebration of the music we all love, I hope there’s something here for everyone.”

The season starts with a trio of RCO St Giles Organ School classes, all at St Giles Cripplegate, London EC2: Accompanying a Soloist (7th January); New Music for the New Year (14th January); and Recital Class (21st January).

At Temple Church, London EC4 on 11th February there is a Choral Directing Workshop with David Hill, and on the same day, Christ Church, Chelsea, plays host to a class given by Henry Fairs on Bach’s Leipzig Chorales.

The College’s successful Sing! format returns a week later, with Sing! Haydn at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, on 18th February, giving choral enthusiasts the chance to rehearse and perform Haydn’s ‘Nelson Mass’ in one day under the expert direction of Adrian Lucas, Organist & Director of Music, Worcester Cathedral.

Returning to the RCO St Giles Organ School classes, attention then turns to Keble College, Oxford for Turn of the Century (25th February); Westminster Central Hall for Edwardian England (3rd March); and St Giles Cripplegate for both Stylus Fantasticus (8th March) and Learning to Sight-Read (17th March).

Highlights for March include a second Choral Directing Workshop being held with Duncan Ferguson in Edinburgh on 24th March, as well as two more RCO St Giles Organ School classes – Bach’s Short Eight Preludes and Fugues on 24th March at St Giles Cripplegate and Extend a Hymn on 31st March at St Stephen’s, Victoria, London.

A packed season comes to a close with the three-day Easter Course, this year held in Oxford from 12th April. At the heart of this course is the comprehensive tuition for those preparing for RCO organ playing examinations, but with strands too for advanced players and for ambitious youngsters.

Highlights of the 2012 course are the presence of Dame Gillian Weir, who will play a recital on the new organ at Keble College and teach across the course, and the option of daily sessions on improvisation with Ronny Krippner, whose carefully structured and supportive teaching has proved so popular on several recent RCO events and whose recently released DVD ‘Ex Tempore’ has met with considerable acclaim.

The course will use many of Oxford’s finest organs for tuition, including the new four-manual Tickell at Keble College, and as ever, the event will end with an informal student concert.

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