Vox Humana Posted September 12, 2008 Share Posted September 12, 2008 I have no doubt that either is still a great place to be, but which of these two has more kudos for organists these days? I'm way out of touch - I haven't been near either institution for decades - and I'm hoping that some of you can bring me up to date.Way, way back in the late 60s virtually all the big-name organ professors were at the RCM. Judging from a glance at the current lists of organ staff I am wondering whether the boot might not now be on the other foot. Absolutely no disrespect intended to any of the RCM professors, who are undoubtedly nothing inferior to their colleagues in Marylebone, but if I were an innocent teenager contemplating my future career I think I might conclude that the RAM looks more attractive. (No doubt the better web design helps.)The lists are here:http://www.ram.ac.uk/organ-staff-listinghttp://www.rcm.ac.uk/keyboard/professors/organOn the other hand, how far can one trust a mere roll call of names? It's good for the image if you can quote long lists of famous people, but the more famous someone is the more likely they are to be continually away performing somewhere. In my day I certainly heard of professors who were hardly ever present. Of course it may be different today, but somehow I doubt it.So what is the current scene actually like? How does it all operate in practice?And what of Trinity and the Guildhall? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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