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Organ Discovery Day

Daniel Bennett, one of our Sixth Form Music Officers, writes:

On Saturday 23rd September, the Royal College of Organists hosted an Organ Discovery Day at English Martyrs' School.

This sensational day began with an organ masterclass led by Steven Grahl, Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral, with intensive coaching sessions for several of our organ students including Thomas Good, William Spanswick and Daniel Bennett. This was followed by an introductory session for any 10–14 year-olds who were intrigued by the organ, with a chance to try out the instrument, and a good number of our Year 7 and 8 students took the opportunity to come and play it, under Mr Grahl's expert guidance. Experienced players had the opportunity to attend a repertoire session led by Robert Gower, organist at St Barnabas Cathedral in Nottingham. The day ended with a wonderful recital by Steven Grahl on the school's Peter Collins organ. With a programme that included celebrated pieces by Bach, Vierne, Dupré, and Percy Whitlock, this was extremely well attended by an enthusiastic audience. The whole day was an exciting opportunity for all involved – and many people will have been inspired to take up the 'King of Instruments'.