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 marc.sanderson@rco.org.uk 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

DateArticle
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]
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]

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