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Church music ‘draws people up into a new realm’ says Adrian Lucas, just appointed as our Head of Choral Studies. He shares his thoughts and experience of the power of church music in a video interview below.
You’ll also find below a video interview with Head of Ministerial Training Helen Bent, plus news of courses, publications and worship resources … read on!

Why attend a church music course?
Rosemary Field headshotRSCM’s Deputy Director Rosemary Field replies: ‘Surely, to increase in proficiency, enjoy the company of like-minded people, and be inspired and equipped for ongoing service!’
The RSCM’s 2016 courses for young people, adult singers, organists, worship leaders, clergy and instrumentalists are open for booking.
Find the right course to suit you – or contact us at the RSCM Centre for advice. Do book in good time to take advantage of early bird rates.

International Summer School plans in full swing
Monday 8 – Sunday 14 August 2016

Liverpool CathedralThe Summer School, based in Liverpool, has the theme ‘One Church, One Faith, One Lord’.


Metropolitan CathedralDon’t miss this excellent opportunity for church musicians and worship leaders to study ecumenically and be enriched by the breadth of music available to today’s church.
Full programme details and speakers will be listed on our website as they are confirmed.


Book soon to take advantage of early bird discounts, available until 15 January 2016.

Choral specialist joins the RSCM team
Adrian Lucas
We’re delighted to welcome Adrian Lucas to the RSCM team as our new Head of Choral Studies.
Adrian will be overseeing the RSCM’s choral training working alongside the education team, and starts his new role in December.
Adrian was for many years the Master of the Choristers at Worcester Cathedral.
He shares his thoughts and experience of choral training and church music in this video.

How clergy are benefiting from RSCM support
Helen Bent headshot

Helen Bent has now spent nearly six months in her role as Head of Ministerial Training.


In partnership with Praxis, Helen has been working among clergy and training institutions to develop skills and understanding of music in worship.


In this video Helen discusses the Strengthen for Service initiative, and the issues involved when working with clergy and musicians.


Coming soon …
With saintly shout coverWith saintly shout and solemn jubilee
Our themed festival service for 2016celebrates God’s saints in word, music and silence.
Includes music old and new including a specially written anthem by Grayston Ives and evening canticles by Richard Shephard.
Contains a wide selection of hymns and worship songs and choral items suitable for choirs large and small. Sample pages and order details.
Addington Years cover
The Royal School of Church Music:
The Addington Years
 by Trevor Jarvis & John Henderson
RSCM archivists Trevor Jarvis and John Henderson have compiled this history of the RSCM’s activities at Addington Palace.
Includes reminiscences and anecdotes from this significant time during the RSCM’s history. An ideal Christmas present.


Don’t forget that you can search for Advent and Christmasmusic on the RSCM web shop.
There are also free resources available to download on ourSunday by Sunday page.

And finally …
St Mary_ Kington

Participants in our half-term Herefordshire singing break have been relating their experiences:

‘I learned more than I thought possible in a weekend – and I had fun doing it!’
‘Great way to learn about how to improve my own singing’
‘Felt very welcome’
‘A weekend with a clear purpose brilliantly delivered’
 We’re glad you enjoyed it! See next year’s courses and events.

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