RCO announces ‘essential experience’ events for ambitious teenage organists

RCO announces ‘essential experience’ events for ambitious teenage organists

The Royal College of Events has announced two 2017 events designed to support teenage organists looking to pursue their organ playing through higher education.

The Conservatoire Experience takes place on Saturday 11th February 2017 at Birmingham Conservatoire.

This day of discovery takes the lid off life at one of Europe's foremost conservatoires. British conservatoires enable organists to develop their performing skills to the highest level within the framework of a music degree. They offer teachers who are at the top of their professional, coupled with fabulous facilities and opportunities.

The event will be hosted by Head of Organ Henry Fairs with help from Daniel Moult (Associate Head of Organ) and James Parsons (RCO Academy and visiting tutor at Birmingham).

Young organists joining us will get the chance to play the 4-manual organs in Birmingham Symphony Hall and Birmingham Town Hall; the superbly versatile Walker organ in the resonant acoustic of St Chad’s Cathedral; and the new, historic-classic Garnier organ at Birmingham University

They will also be able to enjoy classes taught by Henry, Dan and James; recitals by Birmingham Conservatoire organ students; the chance to meet them and chat to students and to hear about Birmingham’s brand-new, state-of-the-art conservatoire building and its organ facilities.

Visit the RCO website for details here www.rco.org.uk/events.php?eventid=477

The Organ Scholar Experience (TOSE) then takes place in Oxford from Tuesday 18th to Sunday 23rd July.

This is the essential young organists' summer course in 2017, tailored to meet the needs of teenage organists aged 14 to 19 preparing for or considering an organ scholarship at university, cathedral or church, and also for those who simply wish to gain experience in repertoire playing and technique, accompanying and conducting choirs, and keyboard skills (including improvisation).

Joining the expert teaching team for 2017 will be Nathan Laube, one of the USA's top young virtuosi and Assistant Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York; Amy Bebbington, leading choral conductor and choral coach and recently appointed Director of Training for ABCD; and Christian Wilson, innovative and virtuoso organist with interests in jazz and other alternative genres (and a former organ scholar of Christ Church Cathedral).

Students will perform in concerts and receive tuition on many of the superb organs in Oxford, sing and direct choral services of compline and evensong in Oxford University college chapels, stay in individual accommodation at The Queen’s College, and make lasting friendships and forge vital connections both in classes and in the lively social programme.

There are 45 places on TOSE, with early bird discounts available until 28th February and generous bursaries available (apply by 2nd May).

Visit the RCO website for details here www.rco.org.uk/events.php?eventid=474

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