RCO Classes

RCO Classes

Current RCO classes are listed below. All players are welcome, regardless of age or aspiration: you don’t have to be a member of the RCO, or be having lessons with an RCO accredited teacher, to attend one of these classes.

Most sessions are limited to 6 active participants to maximise hands-on tuition; when a class is full we may sometimes take observers, hold a waiting list or run a second event (either the same day or at a later date), depending on circumstances. Observers pay a greatly reduced fee: click on the Book Online button for the relevant class to see what this is.

Scheduled classes can be booked online by following the Book Online links beneath each event. Anyone not wanting to book online should telephone our Bookings Department on 05603 488231.

If you have a question about these classes, please e-mail the College at courses@rco.org.uk

Please note times (the 24-hour clock is used).

Saturday 25th September 2021 (10:00 – 17:00)

The Organists' Perfect (Re-)Starter Kit

St Mary's Church, Hillington PE31 6DQ (10:00 - 13:00) and St Peter's Church, Wolferton PE31 6HA (14:30 - 17:00), West Norfolk

The first of three linked classes in Norfolk this autumn taught by RCO Regional Consultant Julian Haggett provides the perfect (re-)starter kit with a full day of playing and learning.

Whether you are a complete beginner or an organist looking to rediscover playing after the pandemic this study day is a great way to do so while spending time with other players. Build your confidence playing two beautiful and historic organs situated on the Queen's idyllic Sandringham Estate at Hillington and Wolferton. There are places for just six players so you are advised to book without delay!

Up-date 19.7.21: the six playing places are now fully booked; four reduced-price places for observers have been made available. Should a playing place become available, observers will be given first refusal to take it.

What to prepare
Hillington (10:00–13:00): any music for manuals only, though that by English composers of the 16th–early nineteenth centuries is ideal. Music, especially from the Baroque period, with pedals is also possible.
Wolferton (14:30–17:00): any music from c. 1800 onwards, especially English composers such as Parry and Stanford

In the evening there will be a 'Twilight Concert' at Hillington Church on the historic Snetzler organ, given by Julian Haggett. Booking in advance recommended. Click here to request details.
Click here for details of the Willis organ at Wolferton paid for by the Prince of Wales and built to the design of Sir John Stainer.

Choose to attend just this class or either or both of the other two:
30 October, 10:00–13:00, St Cuthbert's Church, Thetford: Easing Back into Service Playing. Click here for details.
20 November 10:00–13:00, St Mary's Church, Diss: Project Your Playing. Click here for details. 


Fee: RCO Members £60; Non-members £72; RCO Member (observer) £20; Non-members (observer) £26

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Saturday 9th October 2021 (11:00 – 14:00)

An Introduction to the German Romantic Organ

St George’s German Lutheran Church, Alie Street, London E1 8EB

Under Richard Brasier's expert guidance, explore playing repertoire from the 19 and 20th centuries using period accessories such as the Walze (foot-operated crescendo device), and the Frei Kombinationen system on the 1886 Walcker organ of London's German Church, the UK's oldest centre for German Lutheran worship. 

What to prepare
19th and early 20th-century German and/or English organ music.
Composers can include, but are not limited to Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Reubke, Reger, Karg-Elert, Parry, Stanford, Elgar.

The organ
Click here for details about the Walcker organ at the German Church, one of the few easily accessible and well maintained German Romantic organs in England.

The venue
St George's German Lutheran Church is on Alie Street, London E1 8EB. 
Nearest tubes: Aldgate East (3 mins); Aldgate (5 mins)

Booking information
There are six places for players. Places for observers will be made available once four playing places have been sold.

Fee: RCO Member (player) £67; Non-member (player) £79; RCO member (observer) £24; Non-member (observer) £28

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Saturday 30th October 2021 (10:00 – 13:00)

Easing Back into Service Playing

St Cuthbert's Church, Thetford IP24 2AN

The second of three linked classes in Norfolk this autumn taught by RCO Regional Consultant Julian Haggett gives you the opportunity to ease back into service playing following the disruption caused by the pandemic with a study morning focusing on hymn playing, registration and simple steps in liturgical improvisation. There will also be opportunity to receive tips to brush up your voluntary playing. There are places for just six players so you are advised to book without delay!

What to prepare
One or more hymns of your choice, plus if you wish, either or both of the following:
A psalm or canticle (to Anglican chant or any other form of chanting)
Pre- and/or post-service voluntaries

Click here for details about the venue.
Click here for details about the organ.

Choose to attend just this class or either or both of the other two:
25 September 10:00-17:00, Hllington and Wolferton: The Perfect (Re-)Starter Kit. Click here for details.
20 November 10:00-13:00, Diss: Project Your Playing. Click here for details.

 

Fee: RCO Members £46; Non-members £55

Book online

Saturday 20th November 2021 (10:00 – 13:00)

Project Your Playing!

St Mary's Church, Diss IP22 4QQ

The last of three linked classes in Norfolk this autumn taught by RCO Regional Consultant Julian Haggett will give you the tools to project your playing.

Looking for that gold standard in your playing? This study morning will offer advice and ideas on how to project your playing and communicate with your audience. From practice techniques through to dealing with performance anxiety. There are places for just six players so you are advised to book without delay!

What to prepare
Any organ music which you can play confidently

Choose to attend just this class or either or both of the other two:
25 September 10:00–13:00, Hllington and Wolferton: The Perfect (Re)-Starter Kit. Click here for details.
30 October 10:00–13:00, St Cuthbert's Church, Thetford: Easing Back into Service Playing. Click here for details.

 

Fee: RCO Members £46; Non-members £55

Book online

All prices quoted are inclusive of VAT @ 20%