RCO announces autumn classes programme

RCO announces autumn classes programme

The Royal College of Organists has announced details of its autumn classes programme.

A series of linked classes in Norfolk for church organists begins in Thetford on 22nd September with Repertoire for the liturgical seasons. The series continues in Diss on 27th October with Service playing: hymns and worship songs, before concluding in Norwich on 24th November with a Performance class with Daniel Moult.

For village organists working in small churches near Cumbria who would like to access support, gain confidence or just explore a larger instrument than usual, RCO’s Tom Bell will be leading a Village organists’ workshop in Keswick on 29th September.

Great Ayton in North Yorkshire is home to two RCO classes on Saturday 13 October. In the morning David Baker will be leading Getting started on the organ, a concentrated class for a small group of starter organists covering pedalling, fingering, registration and simple improvisation. In the afternoon, Improve your playing will see Robin Harrison working with existing organists of all standards who want to improve their playing.

Classes in London start on 13th October when Catherine Ennis will be exploring Brahm’s Choral Preludes at St Lawrence Jewry.

Teach the organ on 20th October will be practical class with Anne Marsden Thomas at St Giles Cripplegate for anyone who has organ students or is thinking of teaching the organ.

Sharpen up your sight reading on 27th October at St George’s RC Cathedral, Waterloo offers the opportunity to brush up or develop the sight reading skills which are vital to exam success and the efficient learning of new music.

Vierne’s 24 pièces en style libre (Book 1) at All Saints, London W1 on 3rd November will explore this core repertoire for organists of intermediate level upwards and discover ways of registering it on English organs.

Finally, anyone currently taking – or considering taking – RCO examinations should consider Preparing for CRCO, ARCO and FRCO, a practical study day at St Barnabas, Dulwich on 24th November.

Details and booking for these events, plus others yet to be confirmed, will be found at www.rco.org.uk/events.php

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