Saturday 18 April 2020 has been designated National Organ Day.
The Royal College of Organists is appealing to every building in the UK which houses an organ to open its doors on that day, allowing people to hear and explore the wealth of organs, large and small, to be found here.
At a time when reduced church attendance means that fewer people regularly hear an organ being played, the College hopes this day of musical celebration will inspire new generations of enthusiasts. RCO Chief Executive Sir Andrew Parmley said: “The organ is a wonderful musical instrument which is inspiring to hear and a thrill to play. We want people of all ages and backgrounds to look out for events in their local area and be inspired to have a go themselves as well as going along to listen.”
Saturday 18 April has been chosen to coincide with the International Day for Monuments and Sites (also known as World Heritage Day). The day will include a series of national events organised by the College, including talks, workshops and performances designed to appeal to schools, colleges, music venues, churches and people of all ages.
Anyone with a passion for the organ and its music is also encouraged to take part, either by arranging events themselves in their localities, or by persuading nearby venues which house organs to arrange recitals, workshops or demonstrations.
Anyone organising, or considering organising, a National Organ Day event is encouraged to download this information pack, which contains suggestions for activities, tips on organising events, and other resources. Copies of the National Organ Day logo (in jpeg and png format) are also available for your use.
Click to download: National Organ Day Event Organisers' Pack
Click to download: National Organ Day logo (jpeg)
Click to download: National Organ Day logo (png)
Members of the College and their families are invited to submit their designs for a poster which can be used by everyone involved in organising and promoting events as part of National Organ Day. We hope the winning design will be printed and displayed outside every building where an organ can be heard on 18th April.
For full details please download the competition rules below.
Click to download: National Organ Day Poster Competition rules
Click to download: RCO and National Organ Day logos