RCO announces spring/summer 2019 events programme

RCO announces spring/summer 2019 events programme


The Royal College of Organists has unveiled a 2019 events programme packed with courses and classes aimed at organists and choral directors of all ages and levels of attainment.

The programme is built around the College’s three annual flagship events – RCO Easter Course, RCO Summer Course and The Organ Student Experience.

RCO Easter Course takes place in Cambridge from 4-6 April, offering in-depth tuition for those preparing to take CRCO, ARCO or FRCO and for those considering entering in the future - as well as a Repertoire and Skills strand for those who already play to diploma standard.

Teachers include RCO Chief Examiner Stephen Farr; Visiting Professor of Organ at the Royal Academy of Music Susan Landale; Director of Music at Selwyn College Cambridge Sarah MacDonald; Head of Organ Studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Daniel Moult; and Course Director Simon Williams,

The Organ Student Experience (TOSE) also takes place in Cambridge, from 23-28 July. Under Artistic Director Daniel Moult, this popular course for teenage organists of grade 7 standard and above offers expert tuition in repertoire, keyboard skills, choral conducting and accompaniment.

For anyone intending coming on the TOSE course, and for those not quite ready, there will also be a TOSE in a Day taster event in London 23 March.

Then in London from 29 July to 3 August is the RCO Summer Course, the big course with the personal touch offering up to seven levels of study from complete beginner through to diploma level and beyond. This hugely popular annual event, founded by Anne Marsden Thomas MBE, is directed by Simon Williams and taught by members of the RCO's team of accredited teachers.

A Paris Study Trip from 10-12 June is also sure to be popular. The trip, led by Richard Brasier, includes a visit to the Maurice Duruflé apartment with Frederic Blanc, masterclass with Marie-Louise Langlais on the music of Jean Langlais at L’Oratoire du Louvre, and a masterclass with Thomas Lacôte on the music of Oliver Messiaen at La Trinité.

And across the UK the RCO is holding a series of half and full-day classes featuring outstanding teachers, instruments and breadth of content, including:

- Perfect your pedal repertoire with Kevin Bowyer in Glasgow on 16 January and 24 April
- Explore music for Lent and Easter with two new OUP anthologies for manuals-only and manuals-with-pedals for early-stage to intermediate players, in Grantham 19 January
- Spend a day exploring choir directing with David Hill in Grantham on 2 February
- Attend a masterclass with Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral, in St Andrews on 12 February
- Join us in venues across London to explore Sweelinck on 9 February, hymn accompaniment on 16 February and 1 July, Harpsichord technique for organists on 23 February, and pedal technique on 11 May.

Further events will be announced throughout 2019, so for details of these and all future RCO events please visit https://www.rco.org.uk/events.php

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