Covid 19 Update: Summer events & examination session

Covid 19 Update: Summer events & examination session

With the Covid-19 situation in the UK still uncertain and fast-changing, the RCO has today (Thursday 16 April) issued the following updates on its Summer events and diploma examinations.

RCO Diploma Examinations

The Covid-19 pandemic means that we shall be unable to run the Summer 2020 examination session in the usual way. At this stage, we plan to postpone the practical examinations (organ playing and keyboard skills) to September 2020, and we aim to run the next scheduled written paper examinations (6 January 2021) as a joint examination day for both September and January candidates. (The written paper examinations scheduled for 1 July 2020 have now been cancelled.)

These plans are dependent, of course, on the lockdown and other restrictions being lifted to a sufficient degree. Understandably, venues are currently unable to make firm commitments about their own availability at this stage. We shall make a further announcement during May, by which stage we hope things will be clearer.

We appreciate that there will also be many uncertainties for candidates, whether from lack of access to a practice instrument or through concerns for their own health and wellbeing or their wider family circumstances. We have contacted each candidate directly with details and reassurances regarding the arrangements we are putting in place to ensure that no one is disadvantaged.

RCO Summer Course & The Organ Student Experience (TOSE)

At present we still hope to run the RCO Summer Course (3-8 August) and The Organ Student Experience (4-9 August), provided that it is possible to do so within Government guidelines and that there are sufficient bookings to make them viable.

Details of changes to accommodation arrangements and other updates for the Summer Course can be found at, and the latest TOSE update can be found at

We are keeping these events under regular review and will make another announcement in early May.

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