Jean Guillou (1930–2019) & Noel Rawsthorne (1929-2019)

Jean Guillou (1930–2019) & Noel Rawsthorne (1929-2019)

Jean Guillou (1930–2019)

It is with great sadness that the College has learned of the recent death of Jean Guillou HonRCO.

Espousing innovation, and showing passion and absolute commitment to the acts of performance, composition, and organ construction, M. Guillou was a towering figure in the organ world for more than six decades.

He was a ground-breaking interpreter, composer and transcriber, and a forward-looking thinker about organs and organ design.

Jean Guillou was awarded the RCO Medal in 2018, in recognition of distinguished achievement in organ playing and composition. The citation can be read at

Noel Rawsthorne (1929-2019)

It is with great sadness that the College has learned of the death of Noel Rawsthorne FRCO.

A pupil of Fernando Germani, and of Harold Dawber at the Royal Manchester College, Rawsthorne was a consummate musician and excellent ambassador for the instrument he played. He was synonymous with his home city of Liverpool, where he was organist of the great Anglican Cathedral there (1955-80) and of St George's Hall, as City Organist until 1984. He gained Fellowship of the College in July 1953, and was later a long-serving member of the RCO Council, and an examiner.

A personal appreciation by RCO Vice-President Simon Lindley, written for Rawsthorne's seventieth birthday, can be read at:

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