RCO survey shines a light on the musical life of organists and choral directors

March 5, 2016

The RCO received more than 900 responses to its 2015 survey, providing a unique insight into the musical life of organists and choral directors. The importance of the organ and choral music in religious worship was strongly emphasised throughout the responses.

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Celebrating Bernard Rose

March 2, 2016

Famously prickly, irascible, caring and encouraging, Dr Bernard Rose was a one-off, and for over five decades a living legend in the UK's choirmaster world.

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Viscount Organs launches RCO membership offer

January 28, 2016

Viscount Classical Organs offers free membership of the Royal College of Organists to new and recent customers. The initiative means that anyone buying a Viscount organ for home practice will receive a year's free membership of the RCO.

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Choral Evensong is good for you

January 23, 2016

by Morwenna Brett Whether you experience it as a spiritual event or a free concert of the highest quality, the service of Choral Evensong is one of England's richest traditions, and it comes as no surprise to organists and choral directors that every now and again the mainstream media discover this. Tom Service wrote in […]

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I’m so glad I came! – finding their feet in Bristol

January 23, 2016

by James Parsons ‘Amazing’ – ‘brilliant’ – ‘such fun’  – ‘I’m so glad I came’  Emily Keeling-Paglia (age 11) texts home from Bristol. She was on the RCO Academy’s Find Your Feet! and Build Your Skills! in Bristol along with 14 other young musicians who had decided to spend three days of their October half-term last […]

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It’s not too late – organ scholarships for all

January 23, 2016

by Simon Williams Oxford University’s Access and Outreach promoted the Organ Scholarships for All day on 3 November 2015 to show that organ scholarships can be within reach even for those teenagers who come to organ playing relatively late in the school days, and to raise awareness of organ scholarships in general among state schools. Hosted […]

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The soundtrack to our lives – organists’ Bowie tributes go viral

January 23, 2016

by Morwenna Brett David Bowie 1947-2016 As the RCO has said many times before, no other instrument seems quite able to embrace and sum up the public mood like the organ.  At moments of high emotion, whether personal or public, the organ speaks in a way few instruments can. The death of David Bowie on Sunday […]

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