RCO announces three-strand Cambridge course for all

RCO announces three-strand Cambridge course for all


The Royal College of Organists (RCO) has announced its most comprehensive Cambridge residential course yet.

The course, one of the most popular events in the College’s annual calendar, will run from 3rd to 5th April 2008, and be based at Sidney Sussex College.

Participants are able to attend as either residents or non-residents, and take part in a variety of events across three strands – examination preparation, ‘discovery’ events, or public recitals.

In addition, there is a special programme of events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Messiaen.

RCO Head of Education and Outreach Simon Williams said: “This year’s Cambridge Course features the most comprehensive range of events and activities yet. With everything from examination preparation to public recitals and the special Messiaen package, there is truly something for everyone who loves the organ and organ music.

“The course will use many of the fine instruments available in Cambridge, and features a strong line-up of experienced tutors including Jennifer Bate, Daniel Hyde, Jon Laukvik, Sarah MacDonald, Andrew McCrea, Anne Page, Robert Sholl and David Sanger.”

The examination preparation strand provides comprehensive tuition on all aspects of the syllabus for anyone considering taking CertRCO, ARCO or FRCO, whether in July or looking further ahead. Special timetables are usually possible for those taking just one section of an examination.
The Discovery strand provides a series of activities, classes and lectures which are open to all lovers of organ and choral music, whether players or non-players. The programme includes masterclasses on Bach and Vierne, lectures on Messiaen and the new Vierne edition, and a visit to the new Kuhn organ in Jesus College.

There are three specially arranged recitals which are open to all – Jon Laukvik playing Bach at Trinity College at 8pm on Thursday 3rd April; Jennifer Bate playing Messiaen at King’s College at 8pm on Friday 4th April [text deleted]; and David Sanger playing Vierne at the Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs at 3.30pm on Saturday 5th April.

And finally there is the special Messiaen package, with guests arriving on Friday evening for a talk, recital and dinner, then staying overnight and attending a lecture by Jennifer Bate on Messiaen.

To download a booking form, please visit http://www.rco.org.uk/download.php. Alternatively email events@rco.org.uk or call 05600 767237 for more information.

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