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The Ottawa Centre of the RCCO sponsors a variety of programs throughout the year, such as organ crawls, workshops, masterclasses, discussions, and dinners. The Centre also runs an organ concert series Pro Organo.
The Orgelfest 2013 website has been archived and can be found by clicking on Centre Info | Web Archive Pages on the menu above.
Next Pro Organo Concert: John GrewProgramme
Please note that the Pro Organo recital on March 28th at Église Ste-Anne/St-Clément (528 Old St. Patrick) will begin at 8 p.m., because of the church's activities before that.
Professor John Grew will begin his programme with De Grigny's pieces based on Pange Lingua, and continue with the Offertoire and Benedictus from François Couperin's Messe pour les Paroisses. The programme will also include works by Vivaldi-Bach, Willan and Widor.
John Grew is a leading figure among Canadian organists. He is the University Organist and has been chair of the organ area at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. His teaching career has spanned over thirty years. He established the Early Music program, the largest of its kind in Canada. In 2005, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award from McGill University. He is also the founder and artistic director of the McGill Summer Organ Academy. He has concertized extensively in Europe and North America both as organist and harpsichordist. He has made numerous broadcast recordings, has appeared as soloist with distinguished chamber orchestras and is frequently invited as a guest lecturer. In 2012 he received the QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in establishing the summer early music festival "Musique Royale" in his native Nova Scotia.
On Saturday, March 29th, Professor Grew will lead a workshop/masterclass at Église Ste-Anne/St-Clément on Classical French organ music, with particular reference to Louis-Nicolas Clérambault. We hope some people will play movements by Clérambault, and it would be useful for people to bring scores. If you wish to buy a score, Clérambault is available in an inexpensive Kalmus edition (O3308). The class will start at 1:30 p.m., and will last until about 3 pm. It will be free for RCCO members, and $10 for non-members.
STUDENT ACADEMY BUSRARY
At the Centre Executive meeting on November 24, it was approved that the Centre will provide up to four bursaries in the amount of $250 each to allow teenaged organ students from Ottawa, recommended by teachers who are members of the Ottawa Centre, to attend the Student Academy which is being offered at the RCCO National Convention, Festival at the Forks, to be held in London, Ontario, in July 2014. This bursary programme will also be carried on for future RCCO conventions which offer Student Academies (we believe that Winnipeg 2015 will have one too). The money is to be provided from the Centre's Development Fund, which is used for educational purposes.
Students, please plan to attend the Academy programme in London from July 6 - 8, 2014.
GODFREY HEWITT PRIZE WINNER 2013
The Godfrey Hewitt Prize, amounting to $5,000, is given to the first place winner of the National Organ Playing Competition held every other year at the National Convention. This year's winner is SHAWN POTTER. Shawn was also a winner of the Godfrey Hewitt Scholarship in 2010.
GODFREY HEWITT SCHOLARSHIP WINNER 2013
The Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship for 2013, amounting to $5,000, has been awarded to SARAH SVENDSEN. Read it all in the Press Release.
Orgelfest 2013 is now over and what a success! Thank you to Karen Holmes for leading such a wonderful team.
You can find Post Convention information such as interviwes, reviews, workshop handouts, a slideslow etc. on the Orgelfest 2013 home page.ORGELFEST 2013 ITEMS FOR SALE
Benjamin Britten - Simple anthems recommended by Giles Bryant
The Centre still has some new copies for sale of the anthems recommended for use by ordinary church choirs by Giles Bryant at his Orgelfest workshop. Available, at $3.00 per copy, are:
24 copies - A Hymn to the Virgin (SATB plus simple solo quartet)
23 copies - The Birds (unison anthem with piano accompaniment)
We have a few tote bags remaining which may be purchased as a souvenirs of Orgelfest 2013. The bags are $2 each and may be ordered from Mai-yu Chan at 613-726-0818. You can arrange pick-up at the next Pro Organo concert or centre event.
Please note that this timeline can be found by selecting Centre Info | Web Archive pages | Ottawa Cente History Timeline on the menu above.
The Centre History kiosk made its debut at Orgelfest 2013. This is an interractive display which places significant events on a timeline. Bill Vineer supplied muich of the content and Rick St Germain put it all together. Click on the graphic below to access this display.
For contact information, see our Executive List or press the button below.
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