RCO announces 2013 autumn programme

RCO announces 2013 autumn programme

The Royal College of Organists has announced an autumn programme featuring learning opportunities for organists of all ages, as well as events which focus on the music of two giants of British composition and an often-overlooked anniversary composer.

RCO Academy courses for learning include:

A Raise Your Game! workshop in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on September 28th, offering tuition to organists of all ages and standards, and giving pianists the chance to try the organ for the first time;

Three-day Find Your Feet! & Build Your Skills! courses running in parallel in Bristol from 31st October to 2nd November, together providing young organists aged nine to 19 years, including beginners, with a superb opportunity to benefit from outstanding tuition on world-class instruments;

• Two events in London on 16th November which again offer different learning strands for young musicians – Raise Your Game! for complete beginners and up, and Set Your Sights! for those thinking about organ scholarships at university or elsewhere; and

• For those preparing for the College’s CertRCO, ARCO and FRCO examinations, there is an Examination Study Day in London on 23rd November.

A full programme of RCO Academy Organ School scheduled classes will run throughout the autumn season, covering subjects as diverse as Christmas repertoire, practice methods, Sweelinck and his German students, music from 18th century Berlin and London, and your first recital.

On 19th October in Glasgow The Hindemith Connection will look at the work of Paul Hindemith, who died 50 years ago in 1963. For organists, Hindemith’s three organ sonatas are one of the major contributions to the repertoire in the twentieth century and this day, led by two experts in the field, Professor Graham Barber and Kevin Bowyer, will place his organ music in the context of other German organ music, from Reger and Karg-Elert to Hugo Distler and Arvo Pärt, with a programme of illustrated lecture, masterclass and concert.

And finally, on November 2nd RCO London Organ Forum will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with a detailed look at the differences between two British composers whose music is often referred to in the same breath, Stanford and Parry.

With lectures by their biographer Professor Jeremy Dibble and Andrew McCrea, and performances by virtuoso organist David Goode and up and coming young performers Nick Pritchard (tenor) and Ian Tindale (piano), under the artistic direction of William Whitehead and Ann Elise Smoot and featuring the Temple Church's famous organ, newly restored, it is certain to be a memorable anniversary event.

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