The College of Organists examined: the foundation and early history of the RCO

The College of Organists examined: the foundation and early history of the RCO
(RCO Spring Festival in Oxford, part 2)
Saturday 12th April 2014 (10:00 – 18:00)
To mark the RCO’s 150th anniversary, this one-day conference in Oxford (at Somerville and Keble Colleges) on 12 April will examine the environment which led to the foundation of the College of Organists in 1864, and investigate the preoccupations of the College’s  founding fathers and early members as they established a professional body for British organists, which eventually earned a Royal Charter in 1893. It will feature a recital by Graham Barber at Keble College.

For information on online booking scroll down to the bottom of the page.

The Royal College of Organists is working in partnership with The Open University.

The speakers are:
Prof. Graham Barber (Leeds University): Organ playing and organ composition in late-19th-century Britain
Dr Martin Clarke (The Open University): ‘Loud organs, his glory forth tell in deep tone’: the interaction of music, liturgy and theology in mid-19th-century Britain
Timothy Day (Hereford): Where did the English treble come from?
Dr Rosemary Golding (The Open University): Being an organist in mid-nineteenth century
Peter Horton (Royal College of Music): The road to Olympus: the early careers of
four contrasting early-Victorian organists
Andrew McCrea (Royal College of Organists): The foundation of the College of
Organists and its early initiatives
The Revd Dr Nicholas Thistlethwaite (Guildford Cathedral): Organ design in the
1860s and instruments associated with the founders
David Wright (Tunbridge Wells): ‘Middle-classing’ the music profession in Victorian
Registration from 9.45 at Somerville College (Margaret Thatcher Centre)
Recital by Graham Barber at Keble College Chapel at 13.45
Lectures conclude at 17.45

Fees (including morning coffee, light lunch, recital attendance and afternoon tea):
RCO Easter Course Member: £40
RCO Member: £50
Non-Member: £55
RCO Student Member: £30
Other full time students: £40
Overnight Bed & Breakfast (B&B) accommodation at Merton College, Friday 11
April: £67 (standard room); £86 (en-suite room)
Book online at: (see RCO Academy/Courses and Events)
If you have a problem with the on-line booking system please call RCO Bookings on
05603 488231.