John Scott FRCO (1956–2015)
It was with profound sadness that the College learnt today of the death of Dr John Scott FRCO.
His sudden death has been announced by Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City, where he was Organist and Director of Music.
He moved to Saint Thomas Church in 2004 after 26 years at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, where he served first as Assistant Organist (in conjunction with Southwark Cathedral) and, from 1990, as Organist and Director of Music. John Scott was previously organ scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge.
Dr Scott was elected to membership of the Royal College of Organists in 1971, in which year he was awarded the Associateship Diploma (with Limpus Prize) at the age of 15. He was awarded Fellowship of the College in July 1973, again receiving the Limpus Prize for his distinguished performance. John was for many years closely associated with the College, serving on Council, examining, and contributing to a range of RCO events.
The College records its respect for, and gratitude to, John for his advocacy of the organ as a consummate performer, and of church music as an expert choral director. On behalf of its membership, the College sends its sincere condolences to his family.