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

10th Sep '20
Covid-19 guidelines for performers and performance: an update

Frequent changes to the Covid-19 regulations and guidelines continue to challenge musicians and music sector organisations as they try to interpret, clarify and implement the requirements. RCO ...
[Full article]
28th Jul '20
RCO Covid-19 advocacy for organists: update

The Royal College of Organists continues to engage with and support the many organisations working to reintroduce live music and singing to spiritual and cultural life.
[Full article]
20th Jul '20
RCO publishes interim regulations for online submission of Diploma examinations

The RCO has now published the full interim regulations for the submission of diploma practical examinations online.
[Full article]
7th Jul '20
RCO examination schedule update announced

The RCO has published a further update on the current examination session.
[Full article]
1st Jul '20
Jane Parker-Smith (1950-2020)

The College was saddened to hear of the sudden death of concert organist Jane Parker-Smith, at the early age of 70.
[Full article]
26th Jun '20
Hands across the pond with RCO / AGO reciprocal agreement

The Royal College of Organists (RCO) and the American Guild of Organists (AGO) have entered into a new reciprocal agreement designed to benefit organists on both sides of the Atlantic.
[Full article]
25th Jun '20
Learning During Lockdown & iRCO access: update

As part of our response to the start of the UK Covid-19 lockdown, the College fully opened the iRCO content hub to all, making hundreds of films, sound recordings, publications, papers, articles and ...
[Full article]
12th Jun '20
RCO welcomes Government Covid-19 guidelines for organ practice

The Royal College of Organist has welcomed the Government’s provision for organ practice within its new guidelines on the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic.
[Full article]
2nd Jun '20
RCO Covid-19 advocacy for organists: update

The Royal College of Organists continues to campaign and press for solutions to the problems facing organists through the Covid-19 pandemic.
[Full article]

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