In a film to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Richard Brasier looks at his working life and short career as an organist in Bonn. He discusses how important Beethoven’s work as an organist was to him, how much it shaped the future of his work as a composer, and how it changed the course of piano playing in general during the Classical period.
Frederick Stocken looks at the two-part counterpoint requirements of the ARCO written examination paper, in two webinars recorded during the COVID-19 lockdown. These classes provide essential tuition for those entered for the ARCO examination in the near future, as well as being of general interest to students of harmony at this level.
For anyone still able to practise in a building other than their own home, or under any circumstances where a keyboard (organ or piano) is shared, the following information about how to clean the keyboard may be helpful, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Find church services with free choral music at the website choralevensong.org.
This website aims to promote Choral Evensong by making it easy to search for services across the British Isles using a place name or postcode.
The search will give relevant information about cathedrals, churches, the type of choir, weekly service schedules, music lists, and contact details.
The RCO offers a range of scholarships and awards which can provide students with financial help towards the cost of tuition, sheet music/music books, and other expenses.
We can also help signpost students to other sources of funding.
For nearly one hundred years the Organists Charitable Trust (formerly the Organists’ Benevolent League) has been carrying on the work of its founder Sir Frederick Bridge helping organists or their dependants through difficult times.
This video, written and presented by Andrew Cantrill, is an introduction to the pipe organ for those less familiar with the instrument. It is freely available to RCO member and guest uses alike.
Andrew demonstrates the sounds of the organ, how the instrument is constructed, and how it is played. You can learn more about the organ, its music, and how to learn to play it, by downloading the reading list.
The Institute of British Organ Building is the professional association for those involved in making, restoring, rebuilding and maintaining pipe organs in the UK. The work of their members is diverse, and a number of firms operate overseas. More than 35 businesses are accredited members, ranging in size from 1 to 50 employees. They also […]
The National Pipe Organ Register is a unique internet-based database containing details of 31,000 organs, and includes 10,000 pictures and 260 sound recordings.
The AIOA is a specialist body of accredited, independent professionals who can provide specialist advice on musical, technical, architectural and historic questions.
The Royal School of Church Music is an educational charity committed to promoting the study, practice and improvement of music in Christian worship.
The IAO was established to provide information, support, education and training for organists, choir trainers and organ enthusiasts.
BAPAM is a non-profit health care organisation providing specialist health support to performing arts professionals and students, throughout the UK.