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PO Box 7328, New Milton Hampshire, BH25 9DU, UK
The College offers occasional one-day events for intending candidates for the diplomas.
The Royal College of Organists is a charity and membership organisation, founded in 1893 and dedicated to the promotion and advancement of organ playing and choral directing with almost 3,000 members based in 40 countries around the world. It is not a teaching body but holds occasional one-day events for intending candidates for the College diplomas. The RCO Academy was launched in 2009 with an educational program organised by the College's first Education Officer who is responsible for arranging workshops for young organists, masterclasses, lectures and other professional development opportunities for organists and choral directors in either sacred or secular environments. The College offers library resources to candidates, and past written and organ test papers are available. Its online virtual campus iRCO also offers a broad range of audio, audio-visual and written learning resources to organists and choir directors around the world. The following external diplomas are available in performance: ARCO (Associate of the Royal College of Organists). Involves organ playing, aural tests, written papers. FRCO (Fellow of the Royal College of Organists). Involves organ playing, written papers. Licentiate in Teaching (LTRCO). Available only to holders of the ARCO or FRCO. Involves a practical teaching examination and a written paper. Choral Directing Diploma (DipCHD). Available only to holders of the ARCO or FRCO. Involves a practical conducting examination and a written paper. Certificate RCO. A qualification for the amateur intermediate organist.