© Licensed to simonjacobs.com. 27/05/2015 London, UK. RCO President's Recital, St Lawrence Jewry Church and reception at The Guildhall Gallery. Photo credit : Simon Jacobs
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, […]

British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM)
4 January, 2016

BAPAM is a non-profit health care organisation providing specialist health support to performing arts professionals and students, throughout the UK. They can help with medical issues such as RSI, hearing problems, stage fright and stress, and maintain a directory of practitioners who have experience helping people working in the performing arts.   Their website includes advice […]

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Choral Evensong – find a performance near you
29 December, 2015

Find church services with free choral music at the website choralevensong.org.  This website aims to promote Choral Evensong by making it easy to search for services across the British Isles using a place name or postcode.  The search will give relevant information about cathedrals, churches, the type of choir, weekly service schedules, music lists, and contact details. Site Editor, Guy Hayward, says ‘Many […]

The Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD)
23 December, 2015

The Association of British Choral Directors is the UK’s only organisation devoted just to those leading choral music.  Their core activities including training courses to develop individual skills, and work with schools, teachers and students of all ages on singing activities.   They offer extended choral conducting courses at initial, intermediate and advanced level, and operate […]