Winter organ course 2020

German Romantic music from Mendelssohn to Karg-Elert

Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 February

Venues St Michael the Archangel, Lyme Regis, and St Mary’s Axminster (the Minster church)
Welcome and coffee
Illustrated introduction: The role of the organ in Germany during the 19th century
Tutorial session 1
Tutorial session 2
Masterclass with Philip Scriven and selected students
Dinner (participants to make their own arrangements)
St Michael the Archangel, Lyme Regis
Talk by Richard Godfrey: The mechanical & tonal development of the German organ in the 19th century
Tutorial session 3
2.30pm: Seminar with Peter King (organist) and Duncan Honeybourne (pianist) on the remarkable associations between Liszt’s organ and piano compositions. The session will include the Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H, Fantasy on ‘Ad nos, ad salutarem undem’, the B minor piano sonata, and much more
Organ recital by Peter King
Dinner in Lyme Regis (included). Speaker Philip Sturrock, SWOS Chairman
The Minster Church, Axminster
10.30am: Seminar with Andrew Millington and Duncan Honeybourne, examining Mendelssohn’s short life, and illustrating and comparing the music he wrote for organ and piano at various significant times during his travels
Organ recital by Philip Scriven
Tea and review of the course

Course tutors are Philip Scriven (organist-in-residence at Cranleigh School), Andrew Millington (formerly director of music at Exeter Cathedral), Martin Schellenberg (freelance musician and organist at St Mary’s Church, Beaminster) and SWOS artistic advisers Peter Parshall and Richard Godfrey. Also taking part will be Peter King (organist emeritus at Bath Abbey), organist and Bach expert Peter Lea-Cox, and professional pianist Duncan Honeybourne.

Places are £250 for adults and £125 for students in full-time education. You can download an application form here and a flyer here

Participants may be interested to know that there will be a programme of musical events at St Michael’s, Lyme Regis, over the weekend just before the course (15 and 16 February – more details nearer the time). This is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the installation of the Skrabl organ. The events will include Festal Evensong on the Sunday, at which everyone will be very welcome.