Our People

Our People

To ensure that the College is best-placed to deliver its objectives of promoting and advancing organ playing and choral directing, our team comprises a wide range of talented individuals.

On a day-to-day basis, the College is managed and run by a management team. Read more.

The College's activities across the UK are managed via a regional structure. Read more.

The roles of our Trustees and officers are constituted within the Charter to ensure that good governance prevails, and to enable the College to take the best of the musical world to the widest cross-section of our communities. Read more.


Management Team

Members of the management team are responsible for all the day-to-day administration of College matters. Contact telephone numbers and e-mail addresses are listed below for your convenience.

General calls and correspondence should be addressed in the first instance to:

The Royal College of Organists
PO Box 7328
New Milton
Hampshire
BH25 9DU
Telephone: 020 3865 6998
Email: admin@rco.org.uk

The main telephone number above should be used for all general enquiries.

For enquiries about RCO courses and events, please call the same number, or email bookings@rco.org.uk

If you need to contact a particular member of staff, click here for a list of College officers, their telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.

Registered Office
The Royal College of Organists
118 Pall Mall
London
SW1Y 5EA

Sir Andrew Parmley Director

Sir Andrew’s broad experience in music, education and the creative industries has led to a life spent in teaching, performing, research, examining, adjudicating, writing, composing and editing.

Born in Manchester, he was educated at Blackpool Grammar School, the Royal Academy of Music, at Manchester and London Universities, and at Jesus College, Cambridge. He started his career as Director of Music at Forest School near Snaresbrook, before moving on to roles at South Hampstead High School, the Grey Coat Hospital in Westminster, and as Principal of The Harrodian School in West London.

Sir Andrew served as the 689th Lord Mayor of the City of London in 2016-17, and he was knighted in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to music, education and civic engagement. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, Sir Andrew is the Honorary Organist of St James Garlickhythe.

Tel: 020 3865 7001
Email: andrew.parmley@rco.org.uk

Andrew McCrea Deputy Director and Director of Studies

Andrew is responsible for College examinations and for the promotion of the institution as a professional and learned body. He holds responsibility for the College's library and archive, and for the Early English Organ Project (EEOP). He is also the commissioning editor of the RCO Journal.

Andrew trained as an organist (at the Royal College of Music and Amsterdam Conservatorium) and has since followed a career in music education. He is a Professor of Academic Studies at the Royal College of Music, and has published articles on aspects of British organ repertoire and performance practice (for the Journal of the British Institute of Organ Studies, the RCO Yearbook and Cambridge University Press's Companion to the Organ), and on the history of organ-building in the Baltic States (The Organ Yearbook and The Nordic-Baltic Organ Book). Andrew has held several appointments as a church organist, and as a recitalist he has appeared in concerts both at home and overseas; in 1997 he was a finalist in the Lahti International Organ Competition, Finland.

Tel: 020 3865 7002
Email: andrew.mccrea@rco.org.uk

Stephen Farr Chief Examiner

Recognised as one of the finest organists of his generation, Stephen Farr combines a busy freelance playing career as soloist, continuo player and accompanist with the post of Director of Music at St Paul’s Knightsbridge, one of London’s most prominent churches. As Organ Scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, Stephen Farr graduated with a first class degree in music, later obtaining an MPhil in Musicology with Prof John Butt and completing in 2014 a PhD in music performance at the University of Surrey with a thesis on the organ and harpsichord works of Judith Bingham.

Since winning the Royal College of Organists’ Performer of the Year competition in 1988 and securing prizes at international competitions in Odense, Paisley and St Albans, Stephen has enjoyed recognition as a solo performer at international level, with appearances in North and South America, Australia, and throughout Europe. He maintains a regular broadcast presence, and as a recitalist features frequently in the main series of the major concert venues in the UK. He has an extensive accompanimental and solo organ discography (recent recordings include the complete works of Kenneth Leighton and works by Judith Bingham), and is active as commissioner and performer of new music for organ, including works by Judith Bingham (The Everlasting Crown, BBC Proms 2011 and Roman Conversions, Royal Festival Hall 2017) and Edward Cowie (Cathedral Music I, broadcast live on Radio 3 this month).

Stephen has held appointments at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Winchester Cathedral, and Guildford Cathedral, where he was Organist and Master of the Choristers from 1999 to 2007. He has also held positions at Worcester College, Oxford and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Simon Williams Director, RCO E, S and SW England

Simon studied at Durham University and the Royal College of Music, and began his professional career in school teaching, at the same time contributing to organ and choral education, first as a committee member for National Learn the Organ Year, and then as Honorary Secretary of National Organ Teachers Encouragement Scheme. In addition to his work for the RCO, Simon is Organist & Director of Music at St George's Church, Hanover Square, London, a teacher for RCO Academy Organ School, Music Director of Harrow Choral Society and he frequently teaches on a variety of organ courses.

Tel: 020 3865 7003
Email: simon.williams@rco.org.uk

Tom Bell Director, RCO North of England, North Wales and Isle of Man

Born in Liverpool and raised in Lancashire, Tom Bell studied with Kevin Bowyer at the Royal Northern College of Music, with Ann Elise Smoot in London and with Jacques van Oortmerssen in Amsterdam. One of the leading performers of his generation, Tom has performed extensively across mainland Europe and the USA. His repertoire is broad, but a love of new music means that many of Tom’s performances have been innovative firsts. Tom is Artistic Director to the London Organ Day, teaches the organ for the Royal College of Organists and the Royal Hospital School in Suffolk, and has led or participated in a number of outreach projects, including Heritage Lottery-backed schemes in the City of London, Wimbledon and Southall, and the long-running Organworks project at Eton College, which works with schools in Slough. 

Tel: to follow
Email: tom.bell@rco.org.uk

Andrew Macintosh Director, RCO Scotland and Northern Ireland, and Administration Manager

Andrew's work for the RCO covers many aspects of its general administration, including supporting the examination programme as the first point of contact for candidates, dealing with all aspects of College membership and assisting with the programme of Discovery events.

Andrew is also Director of Music at All Saints' Episcopal Church in St Andrews, and works as a freelance organist, conductor and accompanist.

Tel: 020 3865 7004
Email: andrew.macintosh@rco.org.uk

Marianne Barton Projects and Publications

Marianne has overall responsibility for the compilation and production of RCO News and the College's e-newsletter, Notae Breves, and assists Andrew McCrea with other publications. She also deals with administrative matters for the College's residential courses.

Marianne studied piano and singing at the Royal Academy of Music, and for many years combined the role of a professional repetiteur with editorial work for Rhinegold Publishing. She was editor of the British Music Yearbook (now the British & International Music Yearbook) and Music Teacher magazine, and also compiled and edited the first and subsequent editions of the British Music Education Yearbook. She currently works as an orchestral and concert manager, choir administrator, summer school organiser, journalist and editor and, since 2005 has been the general administrator for Concerts from Scratch and The Really Big Chorus.

Tel: 07484 544658
Email: marianne.barton@rco.org.uk

Frances Pond Library Manager

Frances is responsible for the management of the College's Library and Archives, held at Birmingham City University, and provides lending and research services for members of the RCO, and reference services for other enquirers. Frances has a degree in Latin with German from Birmingham University, and a postgraduate Diploma in Library Studies from Loughborough University. A Chartered Member of the Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) she has worked at the Universities of Kent, Birmingham and Roehampton in cataloguing, technical services management and library systems management, before returning to Birmingham to work with the RCO collections.

Email: library@rco.org.uk

Marc Sanderson Marketing & PR

Marc is responsible for the College's communications, public relations and marketing. He is a Chartered Marketer and an experienced business communicator, having worked in sectors as diverse as education, digital technologies, professional services and charity / not-for-profit.

Tel: 01789 739247
Email: marc.sanderson@rco.org.uk

Stuart Robertson Data Administration

Tel: to follow
Email: stuart.robertson@rco.org.uk

Paul O'Hare Finance

Paul operates a small company called The Back Office and has been involved with the RCO since 2005. He provides the accounting, book-keeping and an element of administrative support for the college. This work ranges from financial transaction processing and record keeping through to the production of monthly management accounts, annual budgets and forecasts and preparation for the annual audit.

Paul studied at Newcastle University before pursuing a career in accounting within the commercial sector. He held a number of senior positions within companies predominantly involved within the printing and information provision industries before making the decision to work for himself. As part of his commitment to the need for accountants to have a commercial as well as financial awareness of aspects of the businesses within which they work Paul studied for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

Tel: 0203 865 6998


Email: accounts@rco.org.uk


Regional Team

The College's activities across the UK are led by our area teams, with four area directors supported by area consultants.

RCO South, South East and South West England

Director

Area Consultants

  • Ian Curror (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset)
  • Julian Haggett (Norwich/Norfolk)
  • Stephen Pinnock (Kent)

RCO Midlands, Mid, South & West Wales

Director

Areas Consultants

  • Mary Evans (Mid/South/West Wales)
  • Robert Gower (Eastern Midlands)
  • Dr William Reynolds (Mid/South/West Wales)
  • Prof. David Saint (Western Midlands)

RCO North of England, North Wales and The Isle of Man

Director

Area Consultants

  • Prof. David Baker (Merseyside, Lancashire, West and North Yorkshire)
  • John Scott Whiteley, assisted by Maximillian Elliott (York and East Yorkshire)

RCO Scotland and Northern Ireland

Director

Area Consultants

  • To be confirmed

Patrons and officers of the Royal College of Organists.

The roles of our Trustees and officers are constituted within the Charter to ensure that good governance prevails, and to enable the College to take the best of the musical world to the widest cross-section of our communities.

    Patron
  • Her Majesty The Queen
    Vice Patrons
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury
  • The Archbishop of Westminster
  • The Rt Revd The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
  • The Most Revd and Rt Hon. The Lord Archbishop of York
  • The Rt Revd and Rt Hon. The Lord Bishop of London
  • The Free Churches Moderator
  • The Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
  • The Lord Mayor of London
    President
  • Martin Baker MA, FRCO
    President Elect
  • Gerard Brooks MA, FRCO
    Vice Presidents
  • Stephen Darlington MA, DMus, FRCO
  • Sir Andrew Davis CBE, MA, MusB
  • Catherine Ennis MA
  • Paul Griffiths FRCO
  • Francis Jackson CBE, DMus, FRCO
  • Simon Lindley DUniv, FRCO(CHM)
  • Sir David Lumsden MA, MusB, DPhil, HonFRCO
  • Roy Massey MBE, DMus, FRCO(CHM), ADCM
  • George McPhee MBE, BMus, DUniv, FRCO
  • Philip Moore BMus, DUniv, FRCO, FRSCM
  • Martin Neary LVO, MA, DMus, FRCO
  • James O'Donnell KCSG, MA, FRCO
  • Christopher Robinson CVO, MA, DMus, FRCO
  • Dame Gillian Weir DBE, HonDMus, HonFRCO
  • Peter Wright MA, FRCO(CHM)
    Trustees
  • Martin Baker MA, FRCO
  • Mark Brafield MA, FTCL, ARCM, FRCO
  • Katherine Dienes-Williams MA, BMus, FRCO
  • The Lord Glenarthur DL (Chairman of Trustees)
  • Christopher Kent MMus, PhD, FSA, FRCO
  • Stephen King BSc, FCCA, FRCO
  • Huw Jones MA, ACA, FRCO
  • Simon Lindley DUniv, FRCO(CHM)
  • Daniel Moult MA, FRCO
  • Martin Neary LVO, MA, DMus, FRCO
  • Katharine Pardee MM, DMA, DPhil
  • Michael Steen OBE, Hon RCM
  • Prof. Christopher Wood MD, MB, B.Ch, FRCSEd
  • David Woodcock MA, FRCO(DipCHM)
    Academic Board
  • Tom Bell BMus/GradRNCM, PGDip (Director, RCO North of England, North Wales & IoM) ex officio [from September 2017]
  • Richard Brasier BMus, MMus, ARCO co-opted 
  • Stephen Farr MA, MPhil, PhD, FRCO (Chief Examiner) ex officio
  • Simon Johnson BA, FRCO co-opted
  • Andrew Macintosh MA, MPhil, ARCO (Director, RCO Scotland and RCO Northern Ireland) ex officio
  • Andrew McCrea BMus, MMus, ARCO (Deputy Director and Director of Studies; Director, RCO Midlands & South Wales) ex officio
  • Sir Andrew Parmley BMus, MMus, PhD, FRCO (Director and Chairman) ex officio
  • Andrew Nethsingha MA, FRCO co-opted
  • David Pipe MA, MMus, FRCO co-opted
  • Ghislaine Reece-Trapp MA, FRCO co-opted
  • William Whitehead BA, MMus, FRCO co-opted
  • Simon Williams BA, FRCO (Director, RCO East, South & South West England) ex officio