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In The Company Of Finchcocks - Chamber Organ Masterclass with Stephen Farr

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to take part in a Chamber Organ Masterclass with the widely esteemed Stephen Farr.

  • View of Organ , English chamber organ (c.1800, possibly by Joseph Beloudy)
    English chamber organ (c.1800, possibly by Joseph Beloudy)

We would like to invite up to six organists and early keyboard musicians to apply for the Chamber Organ Masterclass at the Horniman on Thursday 12 September 2019, 2pm-5pm.

Stephen Farr will focus on historically informed performance practice and will guide players through appropriate techniques and interpretation using their chosen repertoire. All players will receive tuition on the Finchcocks English chamber organ (c.1800, possibly by Joseph Beloudy) now restored to playing condition. It retains its original pedal-bellows.

Prospective players are encouraged to apply early, as places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditors (most suitable for ages 12 and over) are also welcome and may attend free any time during the afternoon.

If you wish to play in the Masterclass please complete a Player Application Form and return it to Beatrice Booker: bbooker@horniman.ac.uk.

Once your place is offered, you will be required to secure it within two working days by paying the £20 registration fee. After two days, non-secured places will be offered to the next applicant. Full payment details will be provided on receipt of the application form.

Please note:

  • Permission to play the organ is at the sole discretion of the Horniman.
  • Practice time can be allocated on request.
  • The full specification for the instrument is available.

  • full length view of organ. , English chamber organ (c.1800, possibly by Joseph Beloudy)
    English chamber organ (c.1800, possibly by Joseph Beloudy)

About Stephen Farr

Stephen Farr’s performing career has taken him throughout Europe, North and South America, and to Australia. He has held appointments at Christ Church, Oxford, and Winchester and Guildford Cathedrals before pursuing a freelance career as a soloist and continuo player.

Farr’s extensive solo discography encompasses music from the 16th to the 21st century and he has played with many of the world’s leading ensembles, and appeared in major venues. His numerous appearances at the BBC Proms include a solo recital in the 2011 season and a concerto in the 2015 season.

Farr is the Director of Music at St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge, and teaches organ at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities.  He was Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge, obtaining a double first in Music and an MPhil in Musicology; he also completed a PhD on the organ and harpsichord works of Judith Bingham.