Two young church organists are being given the opportunity to play the organ in Bath Abbey this summer. The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) is inviting applications for organ scholarships at the 2013 Summer Course for Young People, which is being held in the city from 19th to 25th August. The deadline for applications is Friday 19th April. For more information visit http://www.rscm.com/courses
The scholarships will be awarded to players aged between 16 and 21 and at Grade 8 standard or thereabouts. The successful candidates will assist the course organist in accompanying rehearsals and services, and play Bath Abbey’s four-manual Klais organ, where the course is located for part of the week. The 2013 Summer Course for Young People, held at Kingswood School, is a popular annual fixture for over one hundred young singers from RSCM-affiliated choirs around the UK and the world, who enjoy its mix of expert teaching, singing, fun and friendship.
For the organ scholars, the musical experience has proved to be invaluable; in the past many have then taken up full scholarships at universities and cathedrals. Last year’s holders, James Leitch and Eleanor Kornas are respectively now organ scholars at Carlisle Cathedral and Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge. “Having the opportunity to work with so many talented professional musicians was very inspiring,” says James Leitch. “I really enjoyed the experience, especially playing the Bath Abbey organ!” Eleanor Kornas added: “There was a very friendly environment in which I felt at ease to ask questions. I would certainly recommend the scholarships to anyone wishing to gain more confidence in their playing and musicianship.”
Applications will be considered by Rosemary Field, the RSCM’s Head of Education and herself a former cathedral assistant organist. “I know how important such courses are for the development of church musicians. What you gain from this is guided practical experience, which will stand you in good stead in your future playing and help with CV building,” she said.
Full details of the course and scholarships can found on the RSCM website at www.rscm.com/courses or by calling 01722 424843.