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 26th May 2018 (11:00 – 14:00)

Great results with minimum input

St Giles Cripplegate Church, London EC2Y 8DA

Learn a new piece the fast, musical way, with accuracy, understanding and fluency. The class, led by Anne Marsden Thomas, includes tips on time management, manual and pedal technique, style, and dealing with performance nerves. 

There is nothing to prepare for this class but participants are asked to email Anne a week ahead of the class outlining their playing standard, what they find challenging/disappointing about their practice, and what they hope to get from the class. Click here to email Anne.

St Giles Cripplegate Church is situated in the Barbican centre. Nearest underground: Barbican and Moorgate

Fees: £65 (RCO Members); £71 (Non-members)

 

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Saturday 2nd June 2018 (14:00 – 17:00)

Buxtehude's Free Organ Works

Christ's Chapel, Dulwich, London SE21
Marilyn Harper

Dietrich Buxtehude's free organ works offer a wealth of variety and challenge across a number of genres. Players of grade 6 level and above are invited to perform one of Canzonas, Canzonettas, Capriccios, Fugues, Passacaglias, Praeludia, or Toccatas to RCO accredited teacher Marilyn Harper who has made a in-depth study of Buxtehude's music and who has recently performed his complete organ works.

The organ of Christ's Chapel Dulwich was built by George England in 1760 and renovated by William Drake and Co in 2008 and has a wealth of colour to exploit and sensitive mechanical action.

Fees
RCO Member (player) £65
Non-member (player) £71
Reduced price observer places will be made available once sufficient player places have been booked.

 

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Saturday 9th June 2018 (11:00 – 14:00)

Early stages performance class

St George's Church, Hanover Square, London W1
Simon Williams

Learning a piece is one thing; being able to perform it confidently in public is another. This class offers a rare opportunity for early stage organists (up to grade 4 level) to build performance skills under the guidance of Simon Williams, Director for the RCO's East, South and South West region and Director of Music at St George's Church, Hanover Square where this class takes place. Please note that this class is now for under 18 year olds only and that players should be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the class.

The Richards, Fowkes & Co organ at St George's, installed in 2012, is regarded as one of London's finest and is at home in repertoire from all periods. Players should prepare one or two pieces of their own choice to a level at which they are confident to perform.

An ideal class for organists preparing for or considering the RCO's Certificate of Accredited Membership.

Fees
RCO Member (player) £65
Non-member (player) £71
Reduced price observer places will be made available once sufficient player places have been booked.

 

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All prices quoted are inclusive of VAT @ 20%