The Royal College of Organists announces election results

The Royal College of Organists announces election results


The Royal College of Organists has announced the results of its elections to Council.

The results of the postal ballot, announced at the AGM at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday, 14th March, saw three current Council members re-elected to serve another term: Sarah Baldock, Sarah MacDonald and David Saint.

David Sanger, President of The Royal College of Organists said: “I am delighted to see our elections return three such talented individuals, each of whom is prepared to continue sharing with us their time, ability and commitment in continuing to forge a strong future for the College and the profession.”

The new Council members are as follows:

Sarah Baldock MA FRCO
Sarah Baldock is Organist & Master of the Choristers at Chichester Cathedral, having previously been Assistant Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral where she founded and directed the Girls’ Choir. Alongside recital work, she enjoys organ teaching and has been a tutor at the courses in Oundle, Edinburgh and Calgary. She is an examiner for the RCO and has served as a Council member for a number of years.

Sarah MacDonald MA FRCO
Sarah MacDonald is a Director of Music in Chapel at Selwyn College, Cambridge, a post she has held for 10 years. She runs the intercollegiate organ scholarships competition, and teaches for the Cambridge Music Faculty. Having been an RCO Council member for four years, Sarah sat on the Working Party which helped to draft the amendments to the Charter and Byelaws. As a member of the Academic Board, she was also part of the team which helped develop the new CertRCO syllabus. She has a particular interest in working to increase awareness of the RCO overseas, to and improve the services and events offered to young professionals.

David Saint BA BMus FRCO
David Saint studied the organ with Dr Alan Spedding and Dame Gillian Weir is now Vice-Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire and Organist and Director of Music of St Chad’s Cathedral. He is also Senior Organ Tutor at the Conservatoire, as well as a performer and examiner. He is active in CUK (the British conservatoires’ federation) and the Association of European Conservatoires. David has been a trustee of the RCO since 2005, and in 2006 he chaired the College’s Strategy Working Group.

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