RCO appoints new Chief Executive

RCO appoints new Chief Executive


The Royal College of Organists is pleased to announce the appointment of Philip Meaden as its new Chief Executive.

He will join the College on 1st October, moving from his current role as Principal and Managing Director of Leeds College of Music.

Philip has more than 20 years’ senior leadership experience with wide variety of musical and educational organisations, including Morley College London, Trinity College of Music (now Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance), Benslow Music Trust, and the New London Music Society.

He has served variously as Chair, Vice Chair, Company Secretary, Trustee and/or Director for several musical charities and companies, and is both a long-standing Member and a Fellow of the RCO.

Having studied organ at the Royal Academy of Music and Goldsmiths' College, Philip still performs as a concert organist and is Associate Organist at Leeds Cathedral.

Speaking on his appointment, Philip said: “I have been passionate about the organ and its music from the age of seven, and as both a Member and a Fellow I have been involved with the Royal College of Organists for as long as I can remember.

“It is an organisation which I have always held in the highest esteem, so I am immensely proud to be appointed as its Chief Executive.”

Chairman of RCO Trustee Board Chris Wood said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to appoint to the role of Chief Executive someone with such leadership, management and commercial acumen.

"Philip is an accomplished organist, teacher and musician in his own right and therefore brings considerable ability, insight and understanding to the post.”

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