Slightly daunting to have a lesson on Bach with Margaret Phillips after her exemplary Bach recital the night before – and on the same organ too. But she was generous in sharing the registrations she used, and many other small elements that go to make up her outstanding performances. Great to Pedal is an English invention, she admonished one of us – this organ is perfectly balanced throughout and doesn’t
James Parsons is teaching us in Oxford this week, and even persuaded us today that transposition and harmonisation at sight were great fun – well almost. He’s an enormously busy recitalist and teacher – organ tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the RCO Academy Organ School, and Head of Student Development for the Royal College of Organists. As soon as our course is over he’s running Set Your Sights! –
Darlings, we went to see The Queen, and all because Thomas Trotter got himself double-booked. Thomas was due to teach us today here in Oxford. Then Buckingham Palace asked if he would kindly give his planned recital at St George’s Chapel – in front of HM The Queen, our Patron – also today. Not something you say no to, so to fill the gap in our timetable we all got
Woo hoo! Pardon an adolescent outburst, but I’ve just had an hour playing the new Merton Dobson organ, and after all I’ve written about it on this blog, it was a fab moment. Here’s the view straight up from the organ bench (and yes of course I played the Zimbelstern – who could resist?) The RCO Easter Course starts properly tomorrow, but anyone who could get here tonight got the
The Royal College of Organists runs an Easter Course for those preparing for their examinations, so I’m off to Oxford this week on the Preparation for ARCO strand – tutors Graham Barber, Margaret Phillips, Thomas Trotter (gulp) as well as our regular RCO tutors. We will be staying at Merton College, playing the new Dobson Op91 (can’t wait), and I’ll be blogging every day. Click on the links below.