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.
Please note: College members should sign in and visit the Member Benefits page in the members' area for more details on these benefits, and how to claim them.
Members receive significant discounts on many of our courses, classes, study days and seminars.
College members enjoy 100% free access to the vast array of online learning, professional, archival, scholarly and general information available via our virtual campus iRCO.
The extensive College library is available to members free of charge, by appointment and through postal borrowing.
Support for organists and choral directors in their professional lives includes:
All members of the College receive free copies (print or digital) of our regular publications:
The College's accreditation programme is open to all members of the College. Members preparing for RCO qualifications will also be able to benefit from various training courses, the Library and the learning resources in iRCO.
The College has a number of scholarships and awards which have been instituted as a result of the generosity of private individuals. These awards are available to support members in serious organ study, and in particular study devoted to the attainment of the College's diplomas.
As well as concessionary rates on RCO courses, study days and seminars and on ISM membership as detailed above, discounts are regularly negotiated with publications, organisations, venues and event organisers. Members should sign in and visit the Member Benefits page of the member area for information on the latest discounts.
By joining the Royal College of Organists, our Members are supporting the charitable work of the College in recruiting and nurturing the next generation of young musicians, in supporting those seeking accreditation in organ playing, organ teaching and choral directing; and in providing development opportunities for organists of all ages, levels of attainment and aspirations.
Membership also supports our promotion of the merits of organ and choral music, and the importance of a healthy supply of appropriately trained and accredited practitioners. We do this by engaging at a national and regional level with current and potential employers, other organisations working in the sector, and the wider public.For those who wish to support this work without joining the College (and for members who wish to offer additional support), we offer a range of opportunities for philanthropy and benefaction, including membership of the RCO Anniversary Circle. Click for details.
The Royal College of Organists is approved by HMRC as a professional organisation and learned society (see full list here). As such you may be able to reclaim tax on your annual College membership if it is helpful for your work. See HRMC guidance here
In addition, the Royal College of Organists is a registered charity, No 312847. Your subscription and / or donations to the College may qualify for tax relief. See HMRC guidance here.
Existing and joining members are also reminded that if you are a tax payer remember, contacting the completeting and returning a Gift Aid declaration form may mean that the College can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give, including your annual subscription. It won't cost you any extra. Download a Gift Aid form here.