Five questions for...Gerdi Troskie

Five questions for…Gerdi Troskie

Gerdi Troskie is one of the RCO’s tutors, and the person most responsible for the improvements in my organ technique over the past two years.  She studied post-graduate with the early music specialist Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Amsterdam Conservatorium, …

Focus on feet…pedals-only repertoire

I have had a a couple of brilliant emails from Michael Wong in the States discussing pedals-only repertoire, after my blog post on Joyce Jones.   Michael’s suggestions are on a new page here.  There’s another page of pedals-only in production,…

Something more dramatic for the feet

Something more dramatic for the feet

  I’ve been following Michael Johnston of @michaelsmusic on Twitter for a while, and I had to share a recent tweet about his reprint of Dramatic Pedal Studies by Hamilton Crawford Macdougall  (1858-1945) in which the parts given to the…

Sight read the pedals

Following my recent moan about sight-reading resources, Mark Ellis of atticbooks drew my attention to Sight-Read the Pedals! by Richard Ellis.  Eighty short pieces for organ sight reading: the pedal line starts with just two notes (C and F) and…

The Bulletproof Musician

I have Ruth Brons (@things4strings on Twitter) to thank for a link to The Bulletproof Musician, a blog solely about sports psychology for musicians, from Dr Noa Kageyama.  He suggests ways to develop courage and confidence, discusses mental practice, slow…

Playing Elgar - with Dr Christopher Kent

Playing Elgar – with Dr Christopher Kent

Elgar’s image-consciousness could put many modern celebs to shame.   As photography got into its stride at the turn of the 19th century, he posed for the camera as the dapper country gent (above) or the distinguished composer about to dash…

Go away, I'm practising

Go away, I’m practising

There’s something about an organ being played – like a traffic accident or a crime scene – that draws a crowd. Some excellent organists simply do not play in public, and I understand where they are coming from.  If your…

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