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 24th November 2018 (10:00 – 13:30)

Church Organists' Class, part 3: Performance class with Daniel Moult

St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich NR2 1QQ

In the the third of three linked classes for church organists of beginner to intermediate level, renowned recitalist and teacher Daniel Moult (Head of Organ Studies, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) will help you hone your performance skills. The session ends with a talk (included in the price) on how to deal with performance nerves. This class is limited to six players so book now to secure your place and benefit from expert, friendly and supportive tuition!

Please prepare one or two pieces to play.

Other classes in the series:
Repertoire for the liturgical seasons, with Julian Haggett, Saturday 22 September, St Cuthbert's Church, Thetford
Hymn and worship song playing, including ideas for simple hymn extensions with Julian Haggett, Saturday 27 October, St Mary's Church, Diss

Fees:
£35 RCO Member
£40 Non-member

Some reduced-price observer places are now available: £15 RCO Members; £18 Non-members

 

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Saturday 24th November 2018 (13:00 – 16:00)

Performance masterclass with Daniel Moult

St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich NR2 1QQ

Masterclass for players of grade 7 standard and above with renowned recitalist and teacher Daniel Moult (Head of Organ Studies, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire).The session begins with a talk (included in the price) on how to deal with performance nerves. This class is limited to just four players so book now to secure your place!

Please prepare one or two pieces to play.

Fees
£40 RCO Member, player
£45 Non-member, player

£15 RCO Member, observer

£18 Non-member, observer

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Saturday 8th December 2018 (10:00 – 12:00)

Masterclass for all standards

Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AD
Darius Battiwalla

Leeds Town Hall runs one of the country’s most successful recital series, and its 3-manual organ is on a par with most large cathedral instruments (originally a 5-manual, and one of the largest in Europe, it was rebuilt in 1972 and reduced in scope).  The class offers the chance to play what is still a magnificent instrument, and to work on concert repertoire from the 19th century onwards with Darius Battiwalla, the Leeds City Organist. 

Bring a piece of 19th-century repertoire. Players of any level of attainment are welcome as long as the piece they are playing is at an advanced stage of preparation; however, players who are able to make full use of this large instrument will derive the most benefit from the masterclass.

Fee: £46 (RCO Members); £52 (non-members). Observer places (£18/£20) may be available: please check back at the beginning of November.

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Saturday 9th February 2019 (14:00 – 17:00)

Sweelinck explored

St Matthew's Church, 20 Great Peter St, London SW1P 2BU

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck was a Dutch composer, organist, and pedagogue whose work straddled the end of the Renaissance and beginning of the Baroque eras. He was among the first major keyboard composers of Europe, and his work as a teacher helped establish the north German organ tradition.

In this class Marilyn Harper will coach players of grade 6 level and above in ways of really bringing the music 'off the page' using the colourful and responsive Mander organ at St Matthew's Church, Westminster.

What to prepare
Bring any keyboard music by Sweelinck to be found in any of the currently available editions. Bear in mind that playing time is limited to about 25 minutes each.

Fee: RCO Member (player) £65; Non-member (player) £73; RCO Member (observer) £23; Non-member (observer £26). Observer places become available once 4 player places have been booked.

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Saturday 16th February 2019 (11:00 – 14:00)

Hymn Accompaniment

St Giles Cripplegate Church, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8DA

Cover all aspects of basic hymn playing: notes, technique, registration, tempo, guiding the congregation and the playover. For students with no, or some, experience of playing hymns.

The class is led by Anne Marsden Thomas whose The Organist's Hymn Book has become a standard work on the topic.

What to prepare
Please prepare to play any two hymns. You can play them with or without pedals, or in simplified arrangements. Please provide 8 photocopies of your hymns unless they are in the hymnbook Common Praise.

The venue - click here for details of St Giles Cripplegate.

A class on advanced hymn playing taught by Anne Marsden Thomas takes place on Saturday 1 June. Click here for details.

Fee: RCO members (player) £65; Non members (player) £73. Observer places at £23 and £26 respectively will become available once four player places have been booked.

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Saturday 11th May 2019 (11:00 – 14:00)

Pedalling Clinic

St Giles Cripplegate Church, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DA

Brush-up your pedal technique, address specific concerns and learn how to negotiate awkward corners under Roger Carter's expert guidance. For intermediate level organists (approximately grades 4–6).

What to prepare

Participants are asked to bring along one or more pedal solos or exercises taken from the ABRSM exam syllabus and other parts of the organ repertoire. Those bringing more than one 'piece' are asked to select from different periods of music so that various idiomatic approaches can be explored. Roger will also be happy to offer individual advice on any aspect of pedal technique which you are finding difficult or which you feel could benefit from some guidance.

St Giles Church is in the Barbican Centre, nearest tubes Barbican, Moorgate and St Paul's.

 

Fee: RCO members (player) £65; Non members (player) £73. Observer places at £23 and £26 respectively will become available once four player places have been booked.

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Saturday 1st June 2019 (11:00 – 14:00)

Advanced Hymn Playing

St Giles Cripplegate Church, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DA

This class is for those seeking more ways of inspiring the congregation and for those preparing CRCO hymn playing. Anne Marsden Thomas, whose The Organist's Hymn Book has become a standard work on the topic, shows you how to adapt the notes, the registration and the texture, and how to extend the hymn after the singing has finished. 

What to prepare
Please prepare to play any two hymns. Please provide 8 photocopies of your hymns unless they are in the hymnbook Common Praise.

The Venue - click here for information about St Giles Cripplegate Church.

An introductory class on hymn accompaniment taught by Anne Marsden Thomas takes place on Saturday 16 February 2019. Click here for details.

Fee: RCO members (player) £65; Non members (player) £73. Observer places at £23 and £26 respectively will become available once four player places have been booked.

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All prices quoted are inclusive of VAT @ 20%