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.
In view of the continuing uncertainty about the spread of Covid-19 and in the light of the government's most recent advice, the Royal College of Organists (RCO) has today (Tuesday 17th March) released an update about the impact on RCO events, examinations and National Organ Day. Click here to read Update: RCO and Covid-19.
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)
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the National Organ Day Poster Competition is Agnes Ikuyo Nakajima, CRCO. The winning design is now available as a template via the links below (as Word .docx files, in A3 and A4 sizes), for all event organisers to download, print and display.
Click to download: National Organ Day poster template (A4)
Click to download: National Organ Day poster template (A3)