A New Year – A New Beginning

A New Year – A New Beginning

As the new year 2020 has begun, choirs have returned to weekly rehearsals and routines. Here are a few updates from the past while:

New President

William Lupton was elected as President of RSCM Canada at the 2019 AGM.

International Summer School

Twelve people from Canada travelled to Belsey Bridge Conference Centre outside of Norwich. Members were from Ontario and Newfoundland. This is the largest group from Canada ever since the beginning of the ISS in Durham 2005.

Organ Studies

Rosemary Field, Deputy Director of Education since 2012, has taken on the new role of Head of Organ Studies, part of the new education initiative begun in 2015. The other three departments are Choral Studies (Adrian Lucas), Congregational Music (Miles Quick), Ministerial Training (The Revd Helen Bent).

RSCM Website and Shop

RSCM UK has recently revamped their website. Be sure to visit at rscmc.org.uk RSCM shop is still accesses through rscmshop.com through it is now managed by Ancient & Modern.

Singing Awards

In November 2019, two additional examiners were validated – Jenny Matterson and Michael Pirri who will assist William Lupton (Exams Administrator) with the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards examinations.

Applications for the spring session are due April 1. For further details on the requirements, visit the RSCM website and under’ Singers’.


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RSCM Music Sunday – Free Digital Download For RSCM Members

For Music Sunday 2019, RSCM have commissioned a new anthem by acclaimed composer, Joanna Forbes L’Estrange.

God the Holy Trinity is a beautiful, fresh setting of the Blessing for Trinity Sunday – the date for this year’s Music Sunday celebration.

It’s an approachable piece with singable lines; the three-part texture is a deliberate reference to the Trinity. There is an optional soprano descant. The intention is for this to be an unaccompanied piece, but we have supplied a keyboard reduction to aid preparation and to discreetly support performances where necessary. We hope you will be encouraged to join in including this in your celebration of Music Sunday on 16 June 2019.

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Fall 2018 Cantabile is out!

The Fall 2018 Cantabile, our quarterly newsletter is out!

Fall 2018 Cantabile

Welcome Back!

As September comes to a close, choirs across the country are settling in to their routines and likely you’ve started planning events for the Fall season (All Saints and All Souls is only weeks away!). Here are a few updates from over the summer:


RSCM Website

The RSCM launched a new website and address in the summer. They are at www.rscm.org.uk.

The original website will remain available for a little while longer.


RSCM Director

Hugh Morris is the RSCM’s new Director who began his term on August 1. There is an article of introduction to the membership in the June issue of Church Music Quarterly.


Singing Awards

The deadline for applications is normally October 1, however, due to the delay in sending out the newsletter, the deadline has been extended to Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Application forms are available from the Chair and examination details are on the RSCM website (www.rscm.com) under ‘Singers’ or from a member of Executive.


RSCM Celebration Day

Salisbury Cathedral was the location of the Celebration Day on September 8, 2018. This year Sarah MacDonald, Organist and Director of Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge England was elected an Associate by RSCM Council. Sarah is originally from Canada. In addition to her duties at Selwyn, she directs the Girls’ Choir at Ely Cathedral, and has been a trustee, teacher, and examiner for the Royal College of Organists.



The International Summer School and Conference will take place in Norwich UK August 5-11, 2019. Details are available at www.rscm.org.uk



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Summer Break