RCO launches autumn events programme

RCO launches autumn events programme

The Royal College of Organists (RCO) is proud to present a huge range of courses, classes and other events in its autumn 2015 programme

The season begins with a Composition Workshop at St George’s Church, Hanover Square, London on Thursday 10 September.

Presented in partnership with Choir & Organ magazine, the event will see Judith Weir and Thomas Trotter workshop up to six pre-submitted and selected organ compositions, as well as drawing on other submitted works. All will be played on the church’s fine Richards, Fowkes & Co organ, and free tickets are available here.

Following the success of the inaugural OrganFest last year, the College is once again working with the Incorporated Association of Organists and the British Institute of Organ Studies to present OrganFest 2015 in, and around, Birmingham from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 September.

The outstanding weekend programme includes a choral and organ concert, a choral church service and a concert of light organ music played on a Compton theatre organ.

Central to the weekend is the RCO Organ Forum, which this year looks at the music of the fascinating North German Baroque composer Nicolaus Bruhns.

Tickets are available for individual events, or visitors can book for all three days and buy an OrganFest pass for just £50. For more details, and to book online, visit www.organfest.net.

The College’s Find Your Feetand Build Your Skills residential courses then run in parallel from 29 to 31 October in Bristol – the former offering early-stage organists and pianists the chance to try the organ, the latter giving teenage organists grade 5 to 8 the chance to build style and technique.

Then attention switches to London on 14 November for another double-header. Raise your Game is for young organists from beginner upwards, offering teaching in graded groups with a focus on contrasting areas of organ repertoire. Meanwhile, Set Your Sights will give potential organ scholars coaching in repertoire, playing and choral directing and accompaniment.

Preparing for CertRCO, ARCO and FRCO in London on 21 November will provide informative and supportive tuition for candidates sitting the College exams in January 2016 (and beyond).

And throughout the autumn season, the College is running a full programme of RCO Academy Organ School classes.

The classes will cover: the repertoire of South German and Austria: 1648 to 1800; The German Romantic Chorale Prelude; Couperin; Accompany and Conduct; Preparing for Grades 5 to 8; Introduction to Baroque Interpretation; Hymn-playing: from the introduction to the extension; The music of Louis Lefébure-Wély; and Christmas music.

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

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