RCO Accredited Teacher, Anne Marsden Thomas, has curated a major new series of films for everyone involved in organ teaching. The series will cover teaching young beginners, introducing pedalling along with playing the manuals, structuring lessons and finding suitable repertoire. The series ends with teaching students practice techniques, and the specific skills of the church organist.
Conductor Nicholas Cleobury looks at the differences between conducting a capella, and working with orchestras. In the first film he discusses conducting skills in general, and the use of the baton. In the second film he uses Haydn’s Little Organ Mass (Missa Brevis No7 in Bb) as an example to suggest how to prepare a score when working with choral and instrumental forces combined.
Three films presented by Anne Marsden Thomas covering the teaching of pedal and manual technique, including remedies and resources for common problems encountered by organ teachers.
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.