Provincial press releases

Coaching scheme for organists

Once again the Royal School of Church Music in Wales (RSCM) is launching its Complete Church Organist coaching scheme. It’s for volunteer organists whether they’re leading congregations large or small. The RSCM is offering a short course of lessons spread through the year given by accredited tutors – themselves competent organists – with a friendly approach.  The coaching can be given in groups of up to six students with the fee split accordingly.

These sessions (normally six x one hour monthly sessions) are intended for the average player (grade three or four) and focus primarily on playing hymns and songs with confidence, as well as how to deal with stops. Those taking part in groups also gain encouragement and mutual support from each other.

Archbishop John playing the organ at Brecon Cathedral

The Archbishop of Wales, John Davies, who was once a church organist himself, said, “We are very grateful to the RSCM for helping to keep that tradition alive with this effective course designed to encourage and nurture our keen amateur musicians. I am delighted to endorse it and I heartily commend it. I hope it will lead to more people becoming church organists and musicians, which I know from my own experience is a richly rewarding role.”

 

 

 

 

 

Stuart Robinson, the RSCM Coordinator in Wales, has recorded a short video explaining the scheme in more detail.

 

Visit www.rscm.org.uk/menter-gerdd or email education@rscm.com or phone 01722 424848.

The RSCM launched the scheme last year with six groups happening around the country, and those who took part have very much valued the tuition.  “Without these lessons I would not have known where to start,” said one student, Kim Woods.

The Complete Church Organist scheme is part of Menter Gerdd – the Royal School of Church Music’s initiative to give support and encouragement to the use of music in churches – whether they be large or small. The broader initiative includes Lift up your voice, a day course for churches with little or even no music. Strengthen for service designed to encourage those who lead worship – whether lay or ordained – to use music with confidence.  Look at www.rscm.org.uk/menter-gerdd

Photo: Tutor Wyn Parry leading a Complete Church Organist session at a church in Swansea.