Well, I made it… a whirlwind trip to England to receive my CertRCO at the RCO’s ceremony in Southwark cathedral on May 8. I was in England just four days! (Then I had to come back to my day job.)
This year’s ceremony was particularly special, falling in the 150th anniversary year of the College.
Those of us receiving the College’s Diplomas and Certificates were in esteemed company: the College also awarded Medals in recognition of outstanding achievement in organ and choral music to organist-composers John Rutter and Simon Preston.
At the conclusion of the formal proceeding, we were treated to a recital by Daniel Hyde (FRCO) of Magdelen College, Oxford. Then following an afternoon tea break, we enjoyed a service of Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Peter Wright, during which the roof was duly raised with the anthem I Was Glad by Parry.
A very full and inspiring day!