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A Pipe Organ Workshop for Young Keyboard Players
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This is a one-day event on the day before the Festival to introduce young intermediate to advanced keyboard students to the splendour and majesty of the organ, its music, and its musical contexts.

A multi-media presentation will open the session, introducing the participants to the colours and timbres of some of the world's most celebrated organs, while also showcasing the historic and modern uses of the pipe organ, both sacred and secular. Group sessions, private lessons, and practice time at the organ will follow, allowing every participant to take their first steps at this royal instrument! Previous experience on the organ is not necessary.

Who: Keyboard players aged 12 – 18
When: Saturday, July 17, 2010, 9:30 – 17:00
Where: St. John's Church, 1611 Quadra St.
(Use the garden entrance on the north side.)
Cost: $25.00 (includes pizza lunch)
Registration: Register at the Victoria Conservatory of Music by July 14.
Call 250-386-5311 or e-mail mcneil@vcm.bc.ca.

Workshop Clinician

Neil Cockburn, Calgary

Neil Cockburn

Neil Cockburn is Head of Organ Studies at The Conservatory at Mount Royal University, Calgary, where his annual Summer Organ Academy attracts students from five continents. He has a particular interest in training young beginning organists, and has taught courses for numerous music schools in the UK and North America. He is celebrated for his diverse repertoire interests and expertise, and is known particularly for his many concerto performances with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Cockburn holds a Bachelor's degree in music from Oxford University (Keble College), and the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Studies in Performance, the Professional Performance Diploma and the Master of Music degree from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester UK. He has been awarded numerous scholarships and prizes, one of which enabled him to study at the Conservatoire Nationale de Région Rueil-Malmaison, France, where he was awarded the Premier Prix de Virtuosité. He is currently a candidate for the PhD in Musicology at the University of Calgary, focussing on seventeenth-century French organ music.

The RCCO provides bursaries and scholarships for beginning organ students.
More information on the scholarship programme can be found on the RCCO national website.