The College celebrates with a double Conferment Day

March 18, 2022

The College enjoyed the opportunity to mark two years' of achievements by its members, and recognise recipients of the RCO Medal, with not one, but two Conferment ceremonies at Southwark Cathedral this year.

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Are you sitting comfortably? – the Adjustable Benches Campaign

March 15, 2022

Organists come in all shapes and sizes, and a recent survey has highlighted the problems many face in playing their instrument comfortably. A new campaign aims to address this, with practical solutions to ensure equal access and confidence for all.

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An American twist for Woman Composer Sunday 2022

February 11, 2022

Woman Composer Sunday is on March 6 this year, and the American Guild of Organists have teamed up with the Society of Women Organists to create an inspirational repertoire list to help organists take up the challenge.

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An Organ Academy for Uganda

January 2, 2022

Samuel Kimuli, an organist, composer and educator now based in the UK, decided to start an Organ Academy in his home country of Uganda to help young musicians who did not have the same opportunities as he had. He tells StopPress how he came to play the organ, and his ambitions for The Organ Academy.

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Generous funding transforms singing in schools

December 31, 2021

A major investment in school singing by the Hamish Ogston Foundation is allowing Catholic Dioceses around the country to revive singing in schools and foster the next generation of church choristers: we look at how the Diocese of Middlesbrough has become part of this project.

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Exam success leads to a dream job in the Netherlands

December 13, 2021

Pieter Shaw discovered a wonderful Schnitger organ in a local church in Bellingwolde, close to the Dutch/German border, and then was delighted to be offered the post of organist there. He tells StopPress about the instrument and the role of the organist in the Netherlands.

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A happy tenth anniversary for Halifax Organ Academy

December 6, 2021

Retiring in 2009 to his home county of Yorkshire, David Baker became involved in the local organ scene, but found both organ playing and teaching in a sorry state. Determined to do something about this he founded the Halifax Organ Academy, which has big plans for the future as it celebrates its tenth anniversary.

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RCO Medal to be awarded at a concert to celebrate the life of Jennifer Bate

September 13, 2021

Before her death last year, Jennifer Bate made specific requests for a memorial concert in her name. This event has just been announced, and it will also include the posthumous presentation of the RCO Medal to Jennifer, in recognition of her contributions to organ performance and teaching.

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‘The College has certainly created something!’ – highlights from The Organ Show

June 1, 2021

The aim of interNational Organ Day in April 2021 was to restore the organ in the public’s consciousness to its former position central to music making across the world. The celebrations went online with the onset of lockdown, and they can still be enjoyed via YouTube. Here's how The Organ Show was born, with links to some notable highlights.

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