The Royal College of Organists (RCO) is a charity which supports organists and choral directors, aiming to support all levels of organist. It works to, “Promote the best in organ playing and choral directing, to encourage anyone who is interested to learn more about this fascinating and versatile musical instrument, and to explore its history and repertoire.” The charity has run for over 150 years and has members (from student to corporate) in nearly 40 countries.
The RCO organises courses, provides bursaries and support across the country with Area Directors supporting activities in regions. See For Students for more information.
The RCO conduct professional (CRCO, ARCO, FRCO) and vocational (CAM1-3) qualifications and produce the “RCO News” magazine for their members. See Exams and Qualifications for more information.
In addition to the above, the RCO have a virtual campus, IRCO which provides valuable resources for all members of the organisation. These include, articles, videos, events diary and playlists. The RCO produce an annual journal and a bi-annual newsletter.