Join Us

Join Us

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, conduct, teach, compose or simply appreciate and enjoy the music.

To apply to join, please read the following details and complete the form below.

Subscription Rates

The College runs a fixed membership year from 1st July to 30th June. New members joining at any point in the year will therefore become a member of the College until the subsequent 30th June, when their membership will be due for renewal. Please note the following variations, which may apply to the first year of membership:

The College offers four membership categories: Member, Student Member, Affiliate Student Member and Corporate Member. Please note that Student membership is available to anyone in full-time study, regardless of age. Affiliate Student membership is available to students up to the age of 19 who are studying at either an RCO Accredited Institution or with an RCO Accredited Teacher (please check your eligibility with either your institution or teacher before applying). Corporate membership is available to any business or other organisation wishing to join the College.

TypeFeeHalf Year Fee*
Normal membership£110.00£50.00
Student membership£55.00£25.00
Affiliate student membership£27.50£13.75
Corporate membership£214.00

Application Form

To make your application, please fill out the details below. All values are required except where indicated as optional.

Once you have submitted the form you will have the opportunity to complete your application with an online payment. Please note that your membership will not be confirmed until payment is accepted.

You will also be sent a welcome email containing your membership number, a password for the website, and alternative ways of completing your subscription payment if you did not make it at the point of application.

To ensure you receive our email, we recommend adding to your contacts list or to the 'safe sender' list in the junk or spam mail settings of your email client / software (you can normally find details in the Help function in your software if you are unsure how to do this). If you still do not receive your email, please check your spam / junk mail folder before contacting the College.


Affiliate student membership is available to students up the age of 19 years who are receiving tuition from either an RCO Accredited Institution or an RCO Academy Accredited Teacher.

Please confirm your eligibility with either your institution or teacher before applying (if you are not eligible, please select our standard student membership package instead). If your institution or teacher does not appear among the options, please contact the College for advice.


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Please record state honours (first) and military honours (second)
Please do not place dots between the letters of an honour, and after each honour (except the last) insert a comma and a space:
e.g., MBE, MC

Academic Degrees

Please record academic degrees in ascending order of accomplishment
Please do not record diplomas. Do not place dots between the letters of a degree, and after each degree (except the last) insert a comma and a space:
e.g., BA, MMus, PhD

Professional Appointments

If you are fully responsible for the music in your church, e.g., Director of Music, Organist, Organist & Choirmaster, please enter the name of the church only:
e.g., Melstock Parish Church or St Cecilia’s, Melstock

If another position is held, please specify in conjunction with the church:
e.g., Assistant Organist, St Cecilia’s, Melstock.

For choral/orchestral, civic, and educational appointments, please specify position and institution/body. Geographical information should be kept to a minimum.

Contact Preferences

The College sends membership information by post and email. Regular publications include RCO News (our twice yearly magazine) and RCO e-News (a monthly email). We also send out a monthly RCO e-Diary detailing forthcoming events, and occasional ad hoc information we believe will be of value and interest to our members and supporters.

Information held on the College database is held in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). It will be used exclusively for the administration of your membership by the College and its partner agencies, and will not be given or sold to any third party without your consent. You can unsubscribe from College emails, or indeed any publications, at any time. You can do so via the unsubscribe links at the bottom of every email, via the RCO website Members’ Area, or by contacting the College admin team on 020 3865 6998 or email

Members Directory

The College publishes an annual Directory of Members which is made available to all College members via the website. As a member of the College you will be automatically included in this directory unless you tick here to indicate otherwise.

Sign In Password

Please enter a password in the fields below that you will use to sign in to the RCO Member' Area