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.
With learning, professional support, advocacy and engagement 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.
Apart from supporting the College's charitable work for the wider benefit of organists, choral directors and all those who love their music, College members receive a number specific benefits and services.
Under the RCO Academy brand, we help organists and choral directors of all ages and levels of attainment to advance their skills through our national programme of courses, classes, study days and seminars and through our online learning environment iRCO, which contains a mix of video, audio and written learning materials. Members receive concessionary rates on many of these activities as well as free access to all learning content in iRCO.
The extensive College library contains organ and choral music, books on music, music journals, recordings (CDs, tapes, LPs and 78s), archival material, and much more. This resource is available to members free of charge by appointment and through postal borrowing.
Launched at the beginning of 2016, our new virtual campus iRCO contains a vast array of learning, professional, archival, scholarly and more general information for organists and choral directors.
Fully responsive and searchable to meet the needs of every user, iRCO is a powerful new information source for all our members. Alongside the growing body of resources it contains, iRCO also features a comprehensive events and recitals calendar and its own online magazine, StopPress.
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The RCO comprehensive support, information and signposting for organists and choral directors throughout their professional lives.
Along with the employment and other practical advice to be found in iRCO, we provide jobs boards advertising situations vacant and also members seeking positions.
College members also benefit from a reduction in legal and employment advice, comprehensive insurance and other professional benefits via 25% discount on membership of the Incorporated Society of Musicians or vice versa (please note you may claim this discount on your subscription to either, but not both, organisations).
All members of the College receive free copies (print or digital) of our regular publications:
The 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, normally only available to members of the College, are available to support student in serious organ study, and in particular study devoted to the attainment of the College's diplomas.
Members of the College qualify for concessionary rates on RCO courses, study days and seminars.
Members qualify for a 25% discount on a membership of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (see above).
Members can claim a 30% discount on a subscription to Choir & Organ magazine. Please email email@example.com or call 05600 767 208 for your discount code.
A 10% discount is available on copies of Organ Building, the annual publication of the Institute of British Organ Building. A full list of editions still in print can be found at here, and to place an order Members should contact the IBO office on 01359 233433 or firstname.lastname@example.org (note that orders placed via the website will be charged at the full rate).
Discounts are also negotiated on behalf of members for a variety of organ and choral concerts and festivals. The following list is updated when discounts are available:
International Youth Choir Festival Conference, Saturday 15 April
Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 (09:00-16:00 plus evening concert)
Members are offered a discount to attend the IYCF Conference (part of the International Youth Choir Festival 2017: www.iycfestival.org), designed for anyone who leads choirs and offering a workshop programme of resources, skills and inspiration on topics including repertoire, recruitment, young voices and more. Delegate tickets include reserved stalls seating to an evening concert featuring the IYCF Guest Choirs, ‘A Celebration of World Voices’, which directly follows the Conference (click here for details). To book at the discounted rate visit the website here and click on the red 'Book Now' button. Enter 25742 into the Promotional Code box; click 'apply', and then choose your seating area and seat(s), selecting the discount price option when the prices appear.
Add the seat(s) to your basket and proceed from there. Stalls seats are reduced from £89.20 to £68.80.
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.
Members are also reminded that if you are a tax payer remember, contacting the College for 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.