Supporting Our Work

Supporting Our Work

Throughout its history the Royal College of Organists has valued and welcomed the support of many individuals and organisations.

Together, our members and other benefactors have provided time, money and other resources in support of all areas of the College's activities. With their help we have been able, for example, to provide scholarship funding to students, expand our education and outreach work, and enhance the College's unique library collection.

Today the College continues to be largely funded by membership subscriptions, and to apply legacies and donations to the day-to-day work of the College. If you would like to support the work of the College, there are a number of ways you can contribute:

Become a member

Membership of the Royal College of Organists is open to anyone who takes an interest in organ and choral music and the related arts, whether you play the organ, direct a choir, or just enjoy the music.

Our Members work with us to promote the best in organ playing and choral directing, and to encourage anyone who is interested to learn more about this fascinating and versatile musical instrument, and explore its history and repertoire.

In return we offer a substantial package of benefits and services to our members.

With learning, professional support, advocacy and outreach high on our list of priorities, the College is committed to being a lively, dynamic organisation able to support every organist and choral director at every age and every level of attainment.

Click here to read more about the benefits of joining the RCO, and to join today.

Become a supporter

There are a number of ways in which individuals and organisations typically support the Royal College of Organists: by becoming a member of the RCO Anniversary Circle; by becoming a Friend of the College; or by making a one-off donation to our annual President’s Appeal.

Friends of the RCO

Those who wish to support the work of the College but do not want to receive, or have no use of, the membership benefits may choose instead to join us as a Friend of the RCO.

Friends will typically support the College with monthly donations of £4, paid by direct debit, or a one-off annual donation of £48 (although in both cases more is of course welcome). In return, we will send you a twice-yearly copy of RCO News to keep you up to date with the work we are doing with your support.

For information on becoming a Friend of the RCO, email

RCO Anniversary Circle

The RCO Anniversary Circle has been launched to coincide with the College’s 150th anniversary year.

Through it we aim to bring together a community of at least 150 individual and corporate supporters who together can help us create the strongest possible platform for our full range of work across education, outreach, examination and scholarship.

To coincide with the 150 theme of the launch year, we ask that individual Anniversary Circle supporters pledge an annual donation of at least £150 (although of course we warmly welcome donations over and above this). Businesses and other organisations are encouraged to donate at least £250, and all donations are of course tax deductible.

In return, we will recognise you publicly as an RCO Anniversary Circle supporter, unless you indicate otherwise. Corporate donors in particular may wish to use the RCO Anniversary Circle logo in their own publicity. In addition, we will send you a regular Anniversary Circle update on the work your donation supports, and invite you each year to a special supporters’ event.

To join the RCO Anniversary Circle, please download and return this form, or contact us on 020 3865 6998 or

President's Appeal Donations

Every year, individual donations are added to those additional donations made by College members and put towards our annual President’s Appeal.

For convenience we have a secure online donation facility below. You can also make cheques payable to The Royal College of Organists, and send those to us at:

The Royal College of Organists
PO Box 7328
New Milton
BH25 9DU

If you are a UK taxpayer, you can maximise your donation by submitting a Gift Aid form with your donation. Click here to download a Gift Aid form.

For online donations, please enter the amount you wish to donate in the space below.

After clicking the button you will be transfered via a secure connection to WorldPay where you can enter your payment details and complete this transaction.

Donation Details

The Gift Aid scheme is for gifts of money by individuals who pay UK tax. Gift Aid donations are regarded as having basic rate tax deducted by the donor. Charities or CASCs take your donation - which is money you've already paid tax on - and reclaim the basic rate tax from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on its 'gross' equivalent - the amount before basic rate tax was deducted.

Remember us in your will

Everyone who leaves a gift to the RCO in their Will has their own special reason or reasons. What unites them all is their love of the organ, and of the organ and choral music tradition.

Legacies represent a significant proportion of the donations made to the College, and are invaluable in supporting the continuance of our work.

If you are thinking of including the RCO in your Will, we have produced a special pack to give you all the information you might need.

To receive a copy of this pack, please email, call 020 3865 6998 or write to:

The Royal College of Organists
PO Box 7328
New Milton
BH25 9DU