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Saving a dying art in North Yorkshire


12:01am 10th June 2012

Musician's in York are being encouraged to take up a dying instrument.

The Organ is best known for it's rousing church music - but less people are learning to play it.

Now, Daniel Moult 's running courses to teach the organ at York St John's University.

So. are you a pianist who has been persuaded to play the organ for church services?  Or a more experienced player who would like to brush up their skills and find some new repertoire?

There's an opportunity this June for church organists of all levels to spend a few days in the north of England improving their playing.  The course for church organists organised by the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) takes place this year from 11th - 14th June in York, and places are still available.  

The residential course is based at York St John University, and features a wide range of tutorials, given in small groups, suitable for those who have just begun playing as well as for those with more experience. Tuition includes the use of stops and pedals, playing for services, new repertoire and improvisation. Participants will have the opportunity to play a variety of instruments including the organ in York Minster, and the programme will include seminars and recitals.  

The course is directed Daniel Moult, who is a busy concert organist and an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher.  He is a Senior Tutor for the RSCM's Church Music Skills programme, of which this course in York is a part.  He is also editor of The Complete Church Organist series of organ tutors published by the RSCM - Level Two of the series has recently been published.  Daniel will be joined by a team of experienced tutors, who will lead the students in small groups so that everyone has a chance to 'have a go'.  

Previous participants have been enthusiastic about RSCM organ courses. One clearly benefited from meeting others who are like-minded: "The best thing was to feel part of the community of organists".  Another said, "I did not feel pressured, but was encouraged, which does wonders for self-esteem".

Further information can be found at here.

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