About us

What is the RSCM?

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.

Find out more about us and our work here:

The history of the RSCM
The RSCM Centre in Salisbury
Contact details
How to find us
Working for us
Our latest news
RSCM honorary awards
How you can support the RSCM

The RSCM Motto

Psallam spiritu et mente
I will sing with the spirit and with the understanding also (1 Corinthians 14:15).


What does the RSCM do?

We support our members through

  • practical and applied programmes of education and training
  • music-making at festivals and courses
  • music and training resources
  • information, advice and guidance

We serve the wider church by

  • encouraging music-making in general, and singing in particular
  • providing training in essential skills for church music
  • developing understanding of music in the church’s ministry and worship
  • encouraging good music everywhere through fostering outreach from the churches into the community
  • engaging with young people in singing

How does the RSCM deliver its work?

Internationally, through our core programmes:

  • Voice for Life, a comprehensive training programme for choral singers of all ages and abilities
  • Church Music Skills, a range of practical training schemes and awards in essential skills

Centrally, through:

  • our member magazine, Church Music Quarterly
  • our quarterly guide to choosing music for worship, Sunday by Sunday
  • the RSCM Press, publishing music and training resources
  • our website
  • our national youth choir – the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir
  • our training choirs – RSCM Voices and Cathedral Singers
  • our courses for singers, organists, instrumentalists and worship leaders

Regionally, through the work of our volunteers, who organize events and training including:

  • festivals
  • local courses, summer schools, workshops and training days
  • singing award schemes

In partnership with others:

  • consulting with the churches nationally and locally
  • collaborating with other church, music, and educational organizations

How is the RSCM governed?

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.


How are we funded?

Our principal sources of income are:

  • subscriptions from affiliates, individual members and friends
  • courses, publications and sales of music
  • donations and legacies
  • funds raised by our volunteers and members
  • grants for development and new projects

How can you help the RSCM in its mission?

  • by becoming an affiliate (open to any church, school or group), individual member or friend
  • by encouraging other churches, schools, groups, and individuals to join us
  • by making a donation
  • by remembering the RSCM in your will
Royal Patron

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
Brian Kay
The Right Revd Nicholas Holtam


The Rt Hon Lord Brian Gill (Chairman)
Ian Church (Vice-Chairman)
Peter Connor
Mary Evans
Rowan Morton-Gledhill
Brigid Parkin
Michael Perrier
Dr David Price
Phil Taylor
Robin Thomas