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  1. Thank you very much all for the insightful replies! I have been trying to get an idea on everything really. As in-person visitations have been cancelled, I am trying to be as well unformed as I can be. I look forward to any other additional replies that may come through and I thank you all!
  2. Hello S_L, I am indeed considering the Oxbridge organ scholar route! This is the list I've arrived at after eliminating 3 or so from this year's vacancies. In an ideal world where I possess organ-playing superpowers, I would've applied to (dare I say) King's or Gonville & Caius. However, in reality, I am neither naturally talented at the organ, nor do I have the necessary experience on the organ (I won't be taking a gap year at a cathedral or anything along those lines), so I decided to choose the colleges with a fairly light workload. I am hoping to read History or History & Modern Languages. 🙂
  3. It's good to be back on the forum after such a hiatus! I hope everyone is well. I was wondering what the honourable members of this forum thought about the organs at the following Cambridge colleges? 1. Christ's College 2. Emmanuel College 3. Pembroke College 4. Selwyn College 5. Peterhouse College 6. Corpus Christi College Thank you very much! Regards,
  4. Thank you for the advice! I am practicing quite a lot since the Bach isn’t quite ‘well-going’ compared to my other two pieces. I am playing the first movement of the Bach Trio Sonata No.1 BWV525, Nun danket alle Gott by Karg-Elert and Toccata Primi Toni by Sark. I transpose three hymns every practice session, sight read from C.S.Lang’s ARCO book and practice all exam material. I just have to polish up my left hand-pedal scales, scales in sixth and Bach Trio Sonata!
  5. My exam is in two weeks time! (a frightening thought....) Any advice for transposition, sight-reading, days leading up to exam and the on the actual exam day?
  6. Thats odd? The very accomplished organist at my school, whom I am mistaken for often, according to him applied to all the 'hard' colleges at Oxford and did not get any offers. He is very talented and hard-working with a distinction in grade 8 and working on his ARCO, I believe. Apparently his year was quite a challenging year with many talented?
  7. I apologise for my hiatus. I have been working on my Grade 8 repertoire recently for my upcoming examination.... I promise my 'enthusiastic' and more creative posts will follow up in the coming year of 2019! I wish to fulfil my 'all-around-UK-church organ trips'!
  8. I must definitely make this as a bucket-list of organs to play! Thank you for the excellent contribution!
  9. Dear all, I wish to compose a relatively easy choral piece for the school choir and organ for fun and also a possible submission to the inter-school composition competition. Where could I find sacred texts to base my choral melody on?
  10. Thank you for the excellent advice, Mr Cooke! I shall take that into note.
  11. Recently I have been enjoying going through amazing English organs on the list! I thought that with some pocket money I could save up and go around England playing a variety of organs. I have been stuck to only my school organs and have not had much time exploring England as I wish to. Could anyone recommend some nice places around England reachable by train with a church that would let you play the organ? P.S. Looking for an approachable church with a pipe organ in London that would let you practice. I need to find an organ to practice during school exeat. Would not mind paying a small fee if necessary.
  12. There is the Copland Fanfare for the Common Man, which has been made playable on the organ. There is a fantastic performance of it at St John the Divine in NY using their State Trumpets on the 'west end'. (I cannot recall if it was east or west end).
  13. This is an excellent Fanfare by Craig Penfield, who uploads his compositions by playing it on an old Berlin reed organ but this Fanfare is my favourite!
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