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).

Thursday 15th March 2018 (10:15 – 12:45)

Repertoire masterclass with David Briggs

St Mary Magdelene, Newark NG24 1JS
David Briggs

The first of two masterclasses in the region on Thursday 15 March given by the international concert organist and composer David Briggs.

This class is for organists of Grade 6 standard and above, and will focus on free-choice repertoire. Six places (max.) are available for players and there is an unlimited number of places for observers. The moveable console will allow for those attending as observers to be fully engaged. Everyone can be expected to learn more about:

> articulation
> phrasing
> registration
> ornamentation
> tempi
> context

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to book online.

What to prepare
Repertoire of any period - which might include transcriptions - will sound persuasive on this fine four-manual instrument. Playing particpants should choose a piece or pieces lasting no more than about 15mins.

The venue
In the heart of Newark, close to both stations, St Mary Magdelene is the parish church of Newark. The postcode is NG24 1JS.

The organ
Details may be found at: http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=D06241

A second masterclass by David Briggs (www.david-briggs.org), on improvisation at Derby Cathedral DE1 3PG, is from 14.15-16.15 on the same day. It is bookable separately.   

The following link gives details and booking information for the silent movie improvisation which David is giving on the previous evening, Wednesday 14 March, at Worksop College:

http://www.wsnl.co.uk/musicconcertseries?eventid=72

   

Fee: RCO Members £39; non-members £45; places for observers, at £12/£18, are also available

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Thursday 15th March 2018 (14:15 – 16:15)

Improvisation masterclass with David Briggs

Derby Cathedral DE1 3PG
David Briggs

This is the second of two classes on Thursday 15 March led by the international concert organist and composer David Briggs.

There are five (max.) places available for players. There is an unlimited number of places available for observers. The moveable console allows for those attending as observers to be fully engaged. Everyone can expect to learn about:

> choosing a motif
> building a structure
> registration
> ideas for making variations

Scroll to the bottom of the page to book online.

The venue
Derby Cathedral is the heart of the city. Its postcode is DE1 3PG.

The organ
Details of the organ may be found at: http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=A00958

David Briggs (www.david-briggs.org) is leading a repertoire masterclass earlier in the day at Newark Parish Church (10.15-12.45). It is bookable separately.

The following link gives details and booking information for the silent movie improvisation which David is giving on the previous evening, Wednesday 14 March, at Worksop College:

http://www.wsnl.co.uk/musicconcertseries?eventid=72

  

Fee: RCO Members £39; non-members £45; places for observers, at £12/£18, are also available

Book online

Thursday 19th April 2018 (18:30 – 21:30)

Practice to performance: romantic and modern repertoire

Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA
Christopher Allsop

The third of three repertoire-focused classes for 2017–18 run in partnership with the Worcestershire Organists’ Association (scroll down for details of the other two classes). Christopher Allsop will build on previous RCO/WOA classes, concentrating on romantic and 20th-century English and French repertoire (c.1850 to the present). He will also assist players to make appropriate choices of what to play and how to go about playing it. There will be a focus on techniques and styles relevant to the period.

This class is open to six participants of all playing standards. Places for observers will be available in February. Scroll to the bottom of the page to book online.

What to prepare
Playing participants should choose a piece or pieces from the period outlined above, lasting a total of about 6–8 minutes; please email details of your choice to Andrew McCrea in advance of the class.

The venue
In the heart of Worcester, close to Worcester Foregate Street and Worcester Shrub Hill stations, the Cathedral is renowned for its magnificent architecture and connections to musicians, not least Thomas Tomkins and Edward Elgar. For more information and directions, click here

The organ
A 4-manual Kenneth Tickell instrument installed in 2008. The full specification can be found in the National Pipe Organ Register (NPOR).

The teacher
An acclaimed recitalist and accompanist, Christopher Allsop is the Assistant Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral. Read more about him here

RCO and Worcestershire Organists’ Association (WOA)
This is the third of three classes in 2017–2018 which the RCO and WOA are organising in partnership. Follow the links below to find details/booking information for the first two classes:

Saturday 25 November 2017, 14.30–17.30: Equipping the organist (Gerdi Troskie, Worcester)

Saturday 10 February 2018, 14.30–17.30: An appropriate style: renaissance and baroque repertoire (Hilary Norris, Ledbury)

Follow this link to learn more about the Worcestershire Organists’ Association.

Fee: RCO or WOA Members £35; non-members £42 (places for observers, at £10/£15, are also available)

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Saturday 19th May 2018 (10:30 – 13:30)

Play Bach!

Trinity College, Cambridge
Robin Walker

A musician's study of Bach is never completed. Players of grade 6 standard and above are invited to prepare a piece by J S Bach of up to five minutes' duration to perform on the famous Metzler organ in the chapel of Trinity CollegeCambridge (as featured on several recent CD recordings of Bach by notable organists). RCO accredited teacher Robin Walker (Director of Music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge) will help you enhance your performance, looking at touch, articulation, projection and registration. 

Fees
RCO Members (player) £55
Non-members (player) £61
Reduced price observer places will released once sufficient playing places have been booked.

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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.

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%