Introducing the RCO Summer Course 2021

Monday 2 – Thursday 5 August 2021


Hone your skills
this summer

Join us for four days of stimulating learning on the easy-to-use Zoom platform!

Although we are unable to meet in person this summer for our week-long course, learning and sharing ideas needn’t stop, as too the renewing of friendships and the making of new ones. All you need to participate is a computer, a Wi-Fi connection and, for some sessions, an organ or other keyboard.

Who is the course for?

The RCO Summer Course has become known as the big course with the personal touch for organists of all ages and stages, from beginner to Diploma level and beyond. The Summer Course Online aims to be no different.


Course content (4 days)

Mornings 10am-12.30

Choose two Essential Skills classes of 30 minutes each from our varied list of:

  • Fundamentals of technique
  • Improvisation
  • Theory
  • Keyboard musicianship
  • Working with choirs
  • Listening skills

Each class will be delivered at two levels of experience except for Keyboard Musicianship which has four levels.

Lunchtime 13.15-13.45

Each day a different group of students will be invited to join a relaxed, social session where you can introduce yourself and join in the conversation.

Early afternoon 14.00-16.30

Book individual 30-minute lessons* with our six teachers on

  • Organ Performance (repertoire and technique)
  • Keyboard Skills (sight reading, transposition, harmonisation, figured bass)
  • Theory (ABRSM grades and RCO diploma written papers)
  • Liturgical Playing Skills (hymn playing and extensions, Anglican chant and other types of psalm playing, accompanying choirs).

Subject to availability you can book more than one lesson with the same and/or different teachers on the same and/or different days (60-minute maximum per day subject to availability).

*Additional charge of £25 per 30 minutes applies

Later afternoon 17.10-17.40

The whole course comes together for a lecture by a different teacher each day, or a short concert performance.

Lecturers include

  • Janette Fishell
  • Gerard Brooks
  • Robert Sharpe

Optional one-to-one tuition

Individual tuition is available from experience teachers. Click to find out more about them (external links)


The basic fee is just £140 (RCO Members)/£190 (Non-members) and includes everything except for one-to-one lessons which are charged at £25 for 30 minutes.

Book now

  • RCO Member
  • Save £50 on non-member rate. Early bird until 30 April.
  • Non-Member
  • Consider joining to save. Early bird until 30 April.

Do you need assistance?

If you have a query, please get in touch.