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

22nd May '20
New RCO film series: An A-Z of the Organ

The RCO has launched a new series of 26 videos entitled An A-Z of the Organ, filmed entirely during the Covid-19 lockdown.
[Full article]
1st May '20
The RCO Composition Competition 2020

The Royal College of Organists has announced a composition competition as part of its offer to all organists and composers during the Covid-19 period of social isolation.
[Full article]
16th Apr '20
Covid 19 Update: Summer events & examination session

With the Covid-19 situation in the UK still uncertain and fast-changing, the RCO has today (Thursday 16 April) issued the following updates on its Summer events and diploma examinations.
[Full article]
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.
[Full article]
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 ...
[Full article]
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 ...
[Full article]
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 ...
[Full article]
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]

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