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

1st Sep '21
RCO Summer 2021 examination results

The Royal College of Organists has announced the results of its Summer 2021 examination session.
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24th Jul '21
Winner of IAO-RCO Organ Playing Competition revealed

Organist Wenying Wu has been announced as the winner of the IAO-RCO Organ Playing Competition.
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22nd Jul '21
IAO/ RCO Organ Playing Competition final

The final of the IAO/ RCO organ playing competition will be broadcast online on Saturday 24 July from 11am. The programme will contain the full recitals from all six finalists, concluding with the ...
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30th Jun '21
The RCO Medal awarded posthumously to Jennifer Bate OBE, FRCO

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death Ms Jennifer Bate OBE, at the age of 75, in March 2020. Jennifer made a unique contribution to organ-playing in the UK and internationally, and ...
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15th Jun '21
Judith Weir CBE at Leeds International Organ Festival

Judith Weir CBE (Master of the Queen’s Music) has been interviewed by Richard Mantle OBE (General Director of Opera North) in an event sponsored by the RCO as part of the Leeds International Organ ...
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1st Jun '21
Royal College of Organists and Musicians’ Union launch new partnership

The Royal College of Organists (RCO) and the Musicians’ Union (MU) have announced a new partnership to deliver services and support for organists and choral directors.
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28th May '21
IAO-RCO Organ Playing Competition final rescheduled

The IAO and RCO are pleased to announce that the Organ Playing Competition final, which was to have taken place at the IAO’s Edinburgh Music Festival in 2021, will now take place online.
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