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The keyboard music of William Byrd

February 25, 2023

A study day led by Desmond Hunter



Cambridge Academy of Organ Studies
Playing and studying pipe organs in Cambridge

Overview

Overview

The Cambridge Academy of Organ studies offers a range of events aimed at promoting the playing and study of pipe organs built on historic principles. Click on the links to the left to explore some of what we have done.

Nicolas de Grigny anniversary with Dr David Ponsford
October 29, 2022
Event to mark the 350th anniversary of the birth of Nicolas de Grigny.

A complete performance of the Mass from Grigny's Livre d'Orgue took place in the chapel of Trinity College, played by eight organ scholars from different colleges under the guidance of Dr David Ponsford. A plainsong choir singing alternatim verses was directed by Matthew Martin.


This was followed by a Symposium in the Senior Parlour of Gonville & Caius College with Edward Higginbottom and David Ponsford, chaired by Paul Binski. Discussion focused on the liturgical background, the alternatim structure, the influence on JS Bach, sources, modern editions & the problems creating them, the Reims organ, de Grigny’s stature compared with his contemporaries, the range of genres & styles used, and performance practices.


Organ scholars L to R: Tammas Slater (Caius), Davon Halim (Christ's), Andreana Chan (Pembroke),
Alexander van Dijk (Fitzwilliam), Dr David Ponsford, Jonathan Lee (Trinity), Jack McCabe (Queens'),
Lorenzo Bennett (Homerton), Adam Field (Selwyn).

Moulins Organ Academy
August 15-18, 2022
Moulins Organ Academy

Summer course on the 1880 Merklin organ  of Moulins Cathedral


                    The course offered places for 5-6 advanced players to study in depth on the
                    historic Merklin organ (3 manuals, 42 stops) of Moulins Cathedral.
                    Students were given 5 hours of daily tuition and a generous amount of practice time
                    leading up to a public concert on the final evening.

                    Programme: - in honour of Franck's 200th anniversary any of his organ works 
                    could  be chosen.
                    Saint-Saëns: 6 préludes et fugues (op 99 et 109)
                    Vierne: 3ème Symphonie