Improve your conducting skills with top choral trainer David Hill

October 8, 2019

If, like many organists, you are already leading a choir, but feel diffident about your conducting technique, then join an exceptional RCO choir training workshop coming up in November.  David Hill, one of the country's leading choral trainers, will be directing a day workshop on choral conducting on Saturday 2nd November, in St Mary's Church in Newark. Experienced choral conductors will have the opportunity to take their conducting skills to the next level, and there are plenty of places for observers.

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Young Hungarian organist wins Northern Ireland competition

September 30, 2019

Ivan-Bogdan Reincke, 21, from Hungary has won first prize in the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition (NIIOC), held at St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh, in August this year. This is the ninth year of the NIIOC, and this year competitors came from the USA and Australia for the first time, as well as six European countries.

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RCO students explore the Cavaille-Coll organs of Paris

September 20, 2019

This year's RCO study trip was focused around organ music of the French Romantic period, in particular the music of Jean Langlais and Oliver Messiaen.  Twelve RCO students, led by RCO tutor Richard Brasier, visited four churches in the center of Paris over several days in June, to play on instruments by the builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll.  Rachel Pickering was one of these students, and she sent us this account of the trip.

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Oh, so sixties! – British mid-century composers revisited

September 12, 2019

The British organ world of the 1960s was shaken up by a generation of new, iconoclastic composers, and James Parsons leads an RCO class exploring this music in Newcastle, this October, on the Kenneth Tickell organ at St Mary's RC Cathedral. If you think this music is difficult and daunting, think again - James has approachable and engaging suggestions of repertoire for the class for you to explore.

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Richard Brasier plays the complete organ works of Bach

August 28, 2019

This autumn Richard Brasier embarks on a series of one-hour recitals in which he will perform all the known organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach.  The series will take two years to complete, and it starts on 4th October 2019. We asked Richard how he prepares for such a mammoth undertaking.

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Organ wizardry for all ages at OrganFest 2019

August 7, 2019

This year's OrganFest in Cardiff is offering a perfect opportunity to introduce youngsters to the organ. David Pipe on the organ with John Biddle as narrator, along with Jeremy Sampson, curator of the WOOFYT, present all sorts of wizardry and magic in a concert for the whole family on the morning of Saturday, 7th September.

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Organ Scholarships – what to consider, how to prepare

July 30, 2019

Oundle for Organists, in partnership with the RCO, have published a new series of eight films as a guide for potential organ scholars. Presented by Oundle's Director, Ann Elise Smoot, they explain how to prepare for organ scholar trials, with practical advice on skills such as improvisation, registration, and score reading from inspiring tutors. All organists wanting to improve their skills will find the films, and the accompanying reading list, helpful.

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Find your ‘bon gout’ on Newcastle University’s new Aubertin organ

July 10, 2019

Part of the recent £26m restoration of the historic Armstrong Building at Newcastle University was the installation of an organ by Bernard Aubertin in the King's Hall, one of only three Aubertin instruments in the UK.  You are invited to play this instrument on Saturday 27th July, in an RCO class on music of the French Classical era - organists at all playing levels are welcome to attend.

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Meet two special organs this summer at St Laurence, Ludlow

June 24, 2019

St Laurence's Church in Ludlow currently houses two very different organs - their own fine Snetzler organ, and also the Wetheringsett organ, one of the two Tudor organs of the Early English Organ Project managed by the RCO. On Saturday 20th July this year organ enthusiasts have the chance to hear and learn more about both these instruments, with the opportunity to play them at the end of the day.

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