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 October 2018 (10:00 – 13:00)

Brahms's Chorale Preludes

St Lawrence Jewry Church, London EC2V 5AA
Catherine Ennis

Brahms's 11 Chorale Preludes op. 122 of 1896 were the last works he wrote and were published posthumously in 1902. Prepare two or more contrasting preludes to perform on the Klais organ of St Lawrence Jewry church and be guided by Catherine Ennis in projecting the emotional depth and range of these miniature masterpieces.

This class is for organists of grade 6 standard upwards and ideal for ARCO candidates for whom this set of chorale preludes is the set work for January 2019.

Fees
RCO Members £65
Non-members £73

Reduced price observer places will be released as and when sufficient playing places have been booked.

Book online

Saturday 13th October 2018 (10:00 – 12:00)

Getting Started on the Organ

Christ Church, Great Ayton, N. Yorks TS9 6AA
David Baker, Robin Harrison

If you're roughly Grade 5 piano and have often wondered how an organ works and if you could play one, this class/workshop is for you.

The workshop will cover:
> how to use the pedals
> how to adapt your piano fingering
> which stops to use
> simple improvising

Bring any keyboard piece you know, or a full-music edition hymnbook, plus paper/pencil and suitable shoes

Robin Harrison and Prof. David Baker will help you to lay strong foundations for fast progress on the organ

Residents of Great Ayton should reserve a place by emailing David Baker; others should book via this website.

Observer places will be made available once sufficient players have registered.

Fee: £30 RCO Members; £35 non-members (£10/£12 observer places will be made available at a later date)

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Saturday 13th October 2018 (14:00 – 16:00)

Improve your Playing

Christ Church, Great Ayton, N. Yorks TS9 6AA
David Baker, Robin Harrison

If you already play the organ, and would like to improve any aspect of your playing, come along for some expert guidance from Robin Harrison and Prof. David Baker.

This 2-hour workshop, for just six players plus observers, will cover:
> pedalling
> fingering
> registration
> hymn playing
> simple improvisation
> sight-reading
> repertoire

What to bring:
> the organ tutor book you are currently using (or a suitable keyboard piece)
> a full-music edition hymnbook, or The Organist's Hymnbook by Anne Marsden Thomas
> plus paper/pencil
> a sheet of manuscript paper
> suitable organ shoes

Residents of Great Ayton should reserve a place by emailing David Baker; others should book via this website.

Observer places will be made available once sufficient playing places have been booked.

Fee: £30 RCO Members; £35 non-members (£10/£12 observer places also available)

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Saturday 20th October 2018 (11:00 – 14:00)

Teach the Organ

St Giles Cripplegate Church, Fore Street, London EC2Y 8DA
Anne Marsden Thomas

A practical, supportive class for anyone who has organ students or who is thinking of teaching the organ.

Teach students of various standards under Anne Marsden Thomas's guidance; discuss effective methods and resources; and identify next steps towards expert organ teaching.

Fees

RCO Members £65

Non-members £73

RCO Student Members £40

Other full time students £48

Reduced price observer places will be released as and when sufficient participating places have been booked.

 

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Saturday 27th October 2018 (10:00 – 13:00)

Church Organists' Class, part 2: Service playing: hymns and worship songs

St Mary's Church, Diss Norfolk, IP22 4QQ

In the second of three linked classes for church organists of beginner to intermediate level, RCO Regional Consultant for Norfolk Julian Haggett helps you give authority to your hymn playing and shares ideas on how to play modern hymns and worship songs, written for the piano, on the organ. He will also help you with console management, and guide you in simple improvisation and ideas for filling gaps in the service.

Julian is joined by Rev'd Graham Kirk-Spriggs who will lead a discussion on choosing hymns and service music with your minister. 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 more hymns to play and, if you wish, a modern hymn/worship song.

Other classes in the series
Repertoire for the liturgical seasons, with Julian Haggett, Saturday 22 September, St Cuthbert's Church, Thetford
Performance class with Daniel Moult, Saturday 24 November, St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich

Fees
£30 RCO Member
£35 Non-member

A few reduced-price observer places are now available: £10 RCO Members; £12 Non-members

 

 

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Saturday 27th October 2018 (14:00 – 17:00)

Sharpen up your sight reading

St George's RC Cathedral, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HY
Frederick Stocken

Developing fluency in the quick assimilation of musical detail seen in a score, and the accurate realising of this in sound through fingers and feet, is a real time saver for organists who frequently need to learn a lot of new music in a short period of time. It is also a vital skill for success in grade and diploma examinations, not least those of the Royal College of Organists.

Frederick Stocken leads this class for organists of Grade 4 to CRCO (first diploma) level at St George's RC Cathedral, Southwark. There is nothing to prepare for this class.

Fees
RCO Members £65
Non-members £73

Reduced price observer places will be released as and when sufficient playing places have been booked.

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Saturday 3rd November 2018 (14:00 – 17:00)

Vierne's 24 Pièces en style libre (Book 1)

All Saints' Church, Margaret Street, London W1W 8JG
Jeremiah Stephenson

Vierne's 24 pièces en style libre are core repertoire for organists of intermediate level upwards, useful for preludes and postludes in church services as for recital items, and appreciated by congregations and audiences. Prepare two contrasting works from Book 1 and discover ways of bringing the music off the page and making it sound convincing on English organs.

Jeremiah Stephenson is ideally qualified to lead this class having spent many years playing quintessentially English organs and having also studied in Toulouse; whilst All Saint's Margaret Street, with its vintage Harrison & Harrison instrument is the ideal venue. For organists of Grade 5 standard upwards and particularly useful for CRCO candidates in January 2019 for whom this collection is the set organ repertoire for the written paper.


Fees
RCO Members £65
Non-members £73

Reduced price observer places will be released as and when sufficient playing places have been booked.

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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

 

Book online

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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All prices quoted are inclusive of VAT @ 20%