RCO launches 150th anniversary recital challenge

RCO launches 150th anniversary recital challenge

The Royal College of Organists (RCO) has announced an international recital challenge as part of its forthcoming 150th anniversary celebrations.

The College, which will be celebrating its 150th anniversary throughout 2014, is aiming to unite organists across the world in a unique celebratory recital series of at least 150 concerts.

Under the banner of the 150 for 150 Recital Challenge, organists of all ages and levels of achievement are invited to register, organise and perform a recital as part of the series.

Anyone who plays the organ can take part – you don’t have to be a College member.

RCO President Catherine Ennis said: “We are all extremely proud that the RCO has reached this significant anniversary, and through the 150 for 150 Recital Challenge we hope to share our celebrations with everyone who plays this marvellous instrument.

“Your recital can be solo organ or organ plus other instruments or voices; it can be short or long; feature just you or be divided between different players, perhaps from your local Organists’ Association.

“You might schedule something new, or sign-up with something you’ve already planned for 2014. Who knows, it might even be the opportunity for your first ever public concert!”

Catherine Ennis is one of a number of high profile recitalists who have already signed up to the challenge. You can see the recital timetable as it currently stands, and find out how to register your own recital, at www.rco.org.uk/150for150.php

The recital challenge is the first of a series of events to be announced for 2014, as the Royal College of Organists plans its celebrations of 150 years of working for the advancement and promotion of the best in organ playing and choral directing.

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