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 13th May 2017 (14:00 – 17:00)

Advanced trio playing

Christ Church, off Flood Street, Chelsea, London SW3

Are you preparing a trio for an RCO Diploma examination, for Cambridge University organ scholarship trials in the autumn, or simply wanting to improve you playing of this most challenging of genres? If so, Richard Brasier will offer advice on interpretation, registration and how to make trios (slightly) easier to manage when performing under pressure. We are using the beautiful Flentrop organ in Christ Church, Chelsea installed in 2010. For directions click here.

What to prepare: one or two trios or movements from trio sonatas by J S Bach, J L Krebs and others. Click here to email with any questions.


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Saturday 1st July 2017 (11:00 – 14:00)

An Introduction to Trio Playing

St Margaret Lothbury, London EC2R 7HH

Success in co-ordinating three independent lines opens the gate to a wealth of wonderful music, including Bach’s famous sonatas.  Students find that achieving that success is a significant challenge, so let Anne show you the techniques that will overcome that challenge.   Prepare a single exercise, as detailed below, and Anne Marsden Thomas will provide all other exercises needed. For players of grades 4 - 7 standard.

St Margaret's Church, Lothbury is situated by the Bank of England, nearest tube, Bank. The organ was built in 1801 by George England and restored by John Budgen (Bishop & Sons) in 1984. It has two manuals and pedal and 21 speaking stops.

What to prepare
Please prepare at least one of the following, perfecting all two-stave combinations. Please do not try combining all three staves.

Oxford Bach Books for Organ, Manuals and Pedals Book 1, published Oxford University Press
14. Wo soll ich fliehen hin BWV 694
17. Ich ruf zu dir BWV 639
22. Wir Christenleut habn jetzund Freud BWV 710

The Church Year, published Cramer Music
p. 24 Bach: Nun singet und seid Froh
p. 34 Richter: Wie schoen leuchtet der Morgenstern

Graded Anthology for Organ, Book 4, published Cramer Music
p. 21 Kauffmann: Wir Christenleut
p. 26 Kirchhoff: Herzlich lieb hab ich dich,O Herr
p. 53 Vierling: Cantabile
p. 54 Rinck: Trio in F major
p. 69 Rheinberger: Alla Breve

Graded Anthology for Organ, Book 5, published Cramer Music
p. 5 Kauffmann: Man Lobt dich in der Stille
p. 44 Smart: Trio

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

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Saturday 8th July 2017 (14:00 – 17:00)

Buxtehude's Chorale Preludes

St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich, London SE22 9AT

Explore the wealth of variety offered by Buxtehude's choral settings with Marilyn Harper. There is material suitable for organists of Grade 5 standard through to advanced/diploma.

The venue: St John the Evangelist Church can be found at the at the top of Goose Green, at the corner of East Dulwich Road and Ady’s Road, on the borders of Dulwich and Peckham. Nearest station: East Dulwich (trains from London Bridge Station).

The organ: JW Walker 1985, built for Trinity College of Music and now on permanent loan to the church. It has three manuals and pedals. 

What to prepare: 5 - 10 minutes of Chorale Preludes and Choral Partitas by Buxtehude.

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