RCO and St Giles International Organ School extend partnership

RCO and St Giles International Organ School extend partnership

The Royal College of Organists and St Giles International Organ School have announced a new partnership for 2010.

From October onwards, the school’s long-established and successful programme of classes and events will be delivered as part of the College’s RCO Academy programme under the new name of RCO St Giles Organ School.

The move builds on a relationship which began in 2008 when the RCO took on the promotion of the annual St Giles Summer Course.

School director Anne Marsden Thomas said: “I am delighted to extend the partnership with the RCO beyond the summer course and into the wealth of classes and events which we run.

“Since we began working together in 2008 it has become apparent how well to the two organisations complement each other.

“The expertise that the College can provide in a whole range of functions, from management and administration to marketing and event delivery, are second to none. We are both confident that these will allow us all to build still further on the international reputation for excellence which the school already enjoys.”

Director of RCO Academy Simon Williams said the school represented a perfect fit with existing College activities.

He explained: “The launch of RCO Academy in 2009 was aimed at increasing the volume and breadth of the learning opportunities the College can offer to musicians of all ages and playing abilities.

“Some of this expansion has been organic, through the development of our existing programme and events for example. But it was always hoped that some of it would be through the formalising of existing relationships with organisations, and we are absolutely delighted to be following this route with the St Giles International Organ School.

“Through the new RCO St Giles Organ School, the College will be able to offer a wider range of classes and events than ever before.

“It is a significant and exciting milestone.”

For more information on RCO St Giles International Organ School, visit www.rco.org.uk/organ_school.php.

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