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RCO Summer Course 2013 – back to our own benches

We’ve had our student recital, our certificates, said thank you to our teachers, and are heading back home to our solitary organ benches.  It’s been an intense few days, and some of us were definitely losing the edge by yesterday evening.  I lurked at the back in the last class of the day, hoping not to be picked on for Advanced Keyboard Skills; my friend Lorna was momentarily puzzled by

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RCO Summer Course 2013 – on improvisation

The RCO sees improvisation as an Essential Skill for organists, so we’ve had these daunting/inspirational workshops on improvisation all through the course from some of the best in the business.   Some students have decided to try and keep the momentum going, and are planning to hold monthly get-togethers (probably on Saturday afternoons) in churches in East London to work at improvisation together.  If you are interested in joining, email    organist(at)allsaintsgoodmayes.org.uk   

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RCO Summer Course 2013 – lightbulb jokes

  Q.  How many altos does it take to change a lightbulb? A.  One, and nine others to say ‘But it’s too high for me’   Q.  How many sopranos does it take to change a light bulb? A.  One, and nine others to say ‘But why didn’t he choose ME?’   Q.  How many tenors does it take to change a lightbulb? A.  None, you just say thank you

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RCO Summer Course 2013 – St Etheldreda’s Chapel

Our practice sessions on the organ at St Etheldreda’s Chapel come with multiple Heath & Safety warnings.  NOT SUITABLE FOR TALL OR LARGE PLAYERS says our information pack firmly, and by the time you’ve negotiated a tiny and perilous spiral staircase, and squeezed yourself behind the compact console on the narrow gallery which runs along the top of the choir screen, you understand why.  Your back is to the North

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RCO Summer Course 2013 – playovers and extensions

Nothing gets church organists going much more than a discussion of hymn playing – a cue for despairing anecdotes about unmusical congregations, and even more unmusical clergy.  Simon Williams kept us (reasonably) on track this morning on a Church Music workshop, taking us through hymn registration, length and style of playovers, and general leading of the congregation.   He shared with us the Daniel Moult Patent Hymn Extension Method – perfect

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RCO Summer Course 2013 – the Lord Mayor’s Palace

The Corporation of the City of London commissioned an inspired gift for HM The Queen for her Diamond Jubilee this year – an organ, which is temporarily installed in The Mansion House, the home of the Lord Mayor of London*.   The present Lord Mayor, Roger Gifford, welcomed us to ‘one of the few working palaces in England’  as he put it, for a short recital on the organ.  Henry Fairs,

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RCO Summer Course 2013 – time for timetables

Seventy-seven organists go quiet as they digest their timetables for the week.  The course caters for organists at all levels, with classes for everyone from total beginners to diploma. Tomorrow it all starts in earnest, when we will scatter to the winds around the City of London, to the 24 pipe organs and 22 churches set aside for our lessons and practice sessions.  And there are 6 digital organs and

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Five questions for…Anne Marsden Thomas

Anne Marsden Thomas is the Head of the RCO Academy Organ School, co-ordinating the activities of a team of teachers and the studies of around 300 organ students.   In 1990 she was responsible for the National Learn the Organ Year, which attracted over 2,000 applicants – a huge number of organists looking for good teaching.  Anne established the St Giles International Organ School, based at St Giles Cripplegate Church in

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RCO Summer Course London 2013 – meet our tutors

Click below to find out more about some of our RCO Summer Course tutors.  There are interviews with Gerdi, Neil, Simon and Roger, music from Frederick, and write-ups of previous workshops from Gerard and Daniel. There’s also an interview with our new RCO President, Catherine Ennis – she’s not teaching us, sadly, but I still thought you might like to read it:   Five questions for…Catherine Ennis Five questions for…Neil

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Join me on the RCO Academy Summer Course London 2013

The Lady Organist was proud to be the guest blog at the RCO Academy Summer Course for Organists in 2013.  Six days of classes and concerts, playing organs of every size and date, spread over 22 churches in the Square Mile of the City of London (and a few outside the Square Mile this year, too.) Click on the links below to read some of my blog posts for the

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