The Royal School of Church Music is an educational charity committed to promoting the study, practice and improvement of music in Christian worship.
It is an open, life-long learning organisation, offering face-to-face and distance education and training through its programmes, published resources, courses and activities.
The RSCM supports a world-wide membership of churches, schools and individuals, and is sustained by thousands of donors and volunteers worldwide.
Founded by Sir Sydney Nicholson in 1927, the RSCM’s original emphases were English and choral. Now, in a diverse international context, the RSCM’s work is far broader and more diverse, and we aim to make all our work ecumenical in purpose, nature and content.
Psallam spiritu et mente
I will sing with the spirit and with the understanding also (1 Corinthians 14:15).
We support our members through
We serve the wider church by
Internationally, through our core programmes:
Regionally, through the work of our volunteers, who organize events and training including:
In partnership with others:
The Royal School of Church Music is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England, no 250031. It is also a registered charity, no 312828.
The charity is overseen by a Council of trustees. Decisions are taken by Council or by staff on such delegated terms as Council approves. Generally, strategic decisions are taken by Council, and the day to day management of the charity is delegated by Council to the Director and two Deputy Directors.
The Council and staff are supported by the Advisory and Consultative Panel, which comprises the members of the Voluntary Forum and eighteen members appointed by Council, to include two members nominated by the General Synod of the Church of England.
Our principal sources of income are:
Her Majesty the Queen
The Most Revd and Rt Hon The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury
The Right Revd The Moderator of the Church of Scotland
His Grace The Archbishop of Westminster
The Revd The Moderator of the Free Church Federal Council
Lord Carey of Clifton
The Right Revd David Stancliffe
The Right Revd Nicholas Holtam
The Rt Hon Lord Brian Gill (Chairman)
Ian Church (Vice-Chairman)
Professor Tony Culyer
The Rt Revd Stephen Platten
Dr David Price