The Royal School of Church Music

Founded by Sir Sydney Nicholson as the School of English Church Music, The RSCM celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. Originally supporting the music and worship of the Anglican church, the RSCM is now inter­denominational with over 8,500 affiliates, members and friends in over 40 countries.

The aim of the RSCM is the furtherance of inspiring music-making at the centre of the Church’s life and worship, helping to enrich the life of the wider community and encouraging engagement in music in all areas of society, but especially among young people.

The RSCM also publishes music and training resources, and organises courses, short workshops and activities. Its training programmes cover all areas of church music, providing recognized qualifications following successful completion of a course of study.


The Dean’s and Bishop’s Chorister Awards Scheme is open to singers of all ages and complements the RSCM’s ‘Voice for Life’ Training Scheme.
For more information, visit the Awards and Voice for Life pages.

RSCM membership

Membership of the RSCM provides opportunities to meet musicians from other churches for training, to discover new music, to share ideas, to sing and play together, and to take part in Diocesan choral events.

RSCM membership is available both to organisations and individuals. Organisations such as churches and schools can become affiliates of the RSCM. Individuals can become members of the RSCM. The different types of membership attract different benefits and have different levels of fees. The exact fees and benefits available also depend on where you are.  Visit the central RSCM website (opens in new window) for more information.