News & Media Centre

News & Media Centre

Whether you are a professional journalist or simply interested in our latest news, welcome to the Royal College of Organists' media centre.

The latest press releases from the College can be found below (for older releases, see our news archive). For media enquiries relating to these items, please contact in the first instance Head of Marketing Marc Sanderson on or 01789 739247.

In addition you will find plenty of updates, information and a wider picture of the College's works elsewhere around this website, especially in our online magazine StopPress.

StopPress can be found within our iRCO virtual learning environment. iRCO is freely available to non members, with guest registration only taking a moment. Explore iRCO.

News Releases

2nd Apr '20
RCO introduces first webinar series for online learning

As part of our commitment to replacing content from cancelled or postponed classes and courses with online alternatives, the RCO has announced its first series of webinars.
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1st Apr '20
IAO-RCO Organ Playing Competition postponed

With the 2020 IAO Festival in Edinburgh now postponed until Summer 2021, the RCO/ IAO Organ Playing Competition will also now be postponed for a year.
[Full article]
30th Mar '20
Jennifer Bate OBE, FRCO (1944-2020)

With great sadness the College has learned of the death of Jennifer Bate. She was the daughter of H A Bate, organist of St James, Muswell Hill, in London, and studied theory and composition with him ...
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26th Mar '20
Covid-19: RCO Response & Support for Organists

The Royal College of Organists has announced a number of initiatives to support organists through the Covid-19 pandemic, including increased access to educational resources, fresh online tuition, and ...
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17th Mar '20
RCO and Covid-19

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 the following updates about RCO ...
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8th Mar '20
RCO awards Diplomas, Certificates & Medals in cathedral ceremony

The Royal College of Organists has presented Diplomas and Certificates to 59 members of the College and awarded the RCO Medal to three distinguished organists.
[Full article]
3rd Mar '20
RCO Winter 2020 examination results

The Royal College of Organists has announced the results of its Winter 2020 examination session.
[Full article]
22nd Jan '20
RCO announces Royal Hospital School, Holbrook as its first Accredited Institution

The Royal College of Organists (RCO) has announced the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook as the first ‘RCO Accredited Institution’.
[Full article]
6th Jan '20
RCO Medal awarded to distinguished musicians

The Royal College of Organists is to recognise the achievements of three distinguished musicians by awarding them its highest honour, the RCO Medal.
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