45 places and a warm welcome for teenagers from 14-19 who would like to try the life of an organ scholar. Hosted by the RCO Academy at the Queen's College, Oxford. Classes and workshops, the chance to sing and direct Choral Evensong and Compline by candlelight in historic College Chapels, tutor recitals, assessment and feedback, and punting on the River Cherwell.
Tutors include Daniel Moult, Nathan Laube, James Parsons, Matthew Owens, Simon Williams, Christian Wilson and Owen Rees.
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Early booking saves money and you can apply for a bursary at the same time.
St Andrews Organ Week welcomes amateur and young organists to St Andrews for a week in July /August to develop their skills and broaden their horizons. Participants enjoy daily individual or group lessons, workshops, masterclasses and concerts.
This year, the course focusses on the 'Auld Alliance'; Aspects of the French Organ Culture. Tutors include Olivier Salandini, Organiste Titulaire of Bourges Cathedral, Henry Fairs (Birmingham Conservatoire), Neil Cockburn (Calgary Cathedral), Edmund Aldhouse (Ely Cathedral) and Anne Page (Cambridge). Anne will focus on the basics of harmonium technique with all participants having the opportunity to play on a genuine 1880 Mustel harmonium. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn the basics of singing Gregorian Chant and to participate in a Gregorian Vespers service.
The concerts will include the complete organ works of Maurice Duruflé (Henry Fairs), Anne Page (harmonium concert), Olivier Salandini (on the Aubertin organ at Aberdeen University) and a reconstruction, by Edmund Aldhouse and Neil Cockburn, of the concert performed in May 1924 at the Caird Hall in Dundee by Marcel Dupré. Dinner, Bed and Breakfast are included in the price and there are 50% discounts for all in full-time education.
30 places for active participants of all ages and stages, and observers are also very welcome.
More information: St Andrews Organ Week 2017
The big course with the personal touch, offering up to seven levels of study from beginner through to diploma level and beyond. The course, founded by Anne Marsden Thomas MBE, is directed by Catherine Ennis and taught by members of the RCO's team of accredited teachers.
70 places available
• based at St Giles, Cripplegate Church with its three pipe organs
• many more organs in the City of London available for teaching and practice
• performance opportunities in services and student concerts
• tuition to suit your needs in classes and individuallly
on all aspects of playing technique
: repertoire playing, service playing (hymns, worship songs, psalms, accompanying and conducting choirs)
, and keyboard skills, including improvisation.
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I've attended this course twice, and if you want to get a flavour:
RCO Summer Course 2013
RCO Summer Course 2014
BIOS, IAO and the RCO celebrate the organ. Based in Hull City Hall with its 4 manual, 141 stop concert instrument. Booking expected to open in May. www.organfest.org.uk