Grants and Bursaries
Awards & Bursaries | Funding Your Studies
7 September, 2016

The RCO offers a range of scholarships and awards which can provide students with financial help towards the cost of tuition, sheet music/music books, and other expenses.

We can also help signpost students to other sources of funding.

Organists Charitable Trust
The Organists Charitable Trust
7 September, 2016

For nearly one hundred years the Organists Charitable Trust (formerly the Organists’ Benevolent League) has been carrying on the work of its founder Sir Frederick Bridge helping organists or their dependants through difficult times.

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An introduction to the Pipe Organ with Andrew Cantrill
7 February, 2016

This video, written and presented by Andrew Cantrill, is an introduction to the pipe organ for those less familiar with the instrument. 

He demonstrates the sounds of the organ, how the instrument is constructed, and how it is played.  You can learn more about the organ, its music, and how to learn to play it, by downloading the reading list.

The Institute of British Organ Building (IBO)
1 February, 2016

The Institute of British Organ Building is the professional association for those involved in making, restoring, rebuilding and maintaining pipe organs in the UK. The work of their members is diverse, and a number of firms operate overseas. More than 35 businesses are accredited members, ranging in size from 1 to 50 employees. They also […]

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The National Pipe Organ Register (NPOR)
1 February, 2016

The Royal College of Organists is responsible for the day-to-day management of the National Pipe Organ Register – a unique internet-based database containing details of 31,000 organs, and includes 10,000 pictures and 260 sound recordings. Having been started in its present form in 1991 in Cambridge by Peter le Huray and Mike Sayers, the NPOR […]

The Association of Independent Organ Advisors (AIOA)
23 January, 2016

It’s not often that there is a need to commission a new organ, or undertake the renovation of an old one, but when it is required, it can be a major project.  The AIOA is a specialist of accredited, independent professionals who can provide specialist advice on musical, technical, architectural and historic questions that may […]

The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM)
19 January, 2016

The Royal School of Church Music is an educational charity committed to promoting the study, practice and improvement of music in Christian worship. It is an open, life-long learning organisation, offering face-to-face and distance education and training through its programmes, published resources, courses and activities. The RSCM supports a world-wide membership of churches, schools and […]

The Incorporated Association of Organists (IAO)
19 January, 2016

The IAO was set up to provide information, support, education and training for organists, choir trainers and organ enthusiasts.  It has over 5,000 members worldwide, and 90 affiliated individual organists’ associations in the UK.  You can search for an association near you using their interactive map. The IAO publishes Organists’ Review, a quarterly full-colour magazine, […]

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Conferment of Diplomas 2013 | report
1 January, 2016

The Conferment of Diplomas is the public centrepiece of the Royal College of Organists’ year. In 2013 it was held in Southwark Cathedral, London.