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Voice for Life Singing Awards

Bronze, Silver & Gold awards

In order to support the choir trainer and affirm the levels achieved within the choir while working on the Voice for Life training scheme, the RSCM provides a parallel system of awards designed to be assessed through a formal examination: these are called the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. (In some local RSCM Areas the Bronze and Silver Awards are called Dean’s and Bishop’s Awards.)

Each award has its own syllabus and regulations. These come complete with guidelines to fully prepare the candidate and the choir trainer for the standard expected during the examination.

Successful candidates are entitled to wear a prestigious medal cast in the appropriately coloured metal (bronze, silver or gold) and these are worn on distinctive ribbons. Bronze awards are worn with a Green ribbon, Silver awards with a Purple ribbon and the Gold award with a Dark Red ribbon.

Where do these awards fit into the Voice for Life scheme?

The Voice for Life scheme and the Bronze, Silver & Gold awards are designed to fit together. They should be attempted in the following order:

  • White
  • Light Blue
  • Dark Blue
    • Bronze
  • Red
    • Silver
  • Yellow
    • Gold

In effect, the Voice for Life scheme provides training and preparation for the Bronze, Silver & Gold Awards; Light Blue and Dark Blue help a candidate prepare for their Bronze Award, Red level helps a candidate prepare for the Silver award, and Yellow level helps a candidate prepare for the Gold award.

Likewise, the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards affirm each of the Voice for Life levels that have been awarded informally by the choir trainer.

What if I have a singer who does not want to take the external (Bronze, Silver and Gold) awards?

This is no problem. The Voice for Life training scheme can be used on its own to provide training and motivation to singers within a choir. There is no need to take the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards if your singer is unhappy about undertaking such formal assessments.

Where can I obtain the syllabus for the Bronze, Silver or Gold awards?

In the UK, the Bronze and Silver awards are administered and examined on a local basis by a voluntary network of RSCM committees.From Easter 2014 one uniform syllabus is in force. All examiners for the Bronze and Silver awards have been validated by the RSCM to ensure consistency of marking.

Make sure you download a copy of the syllabus and repertoire lists before entering.

Gold award

In the UK, the Gold award is administered centrally by the RSCM. The examinations are arranged for June and November each year with entry deadlines of 1 May and 1 October respectively. Details of examination venues, and other information can be found here.

For details of Bronze, Silver and Gold awards outside the UK, please contact the RSCM on +44 (0)1722 424843 or voiceforlife(at)rscm.com.

Who should I contact if I have any further questions about Voice for Life or the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards?

Further advice and information can be obtained from the Administrator, Education programmes:
T: +44 (0)1722 424843, F 01722 424849, E: voiceforlife(at)rscm.com

Preparing for Bronze, Silver and Gold

In three articles from Church Music Quarterly, John Wardle, RSCM Awards Co-ordinator and Chief Examiner, offers advice about the awards to singers and choir trainers considering some of the following issues: ‘Why take the awards?’ ‘How to prepare for your exam’ and ‘Hitting the mark!’

Frequently-asked questions about Bronze and Silver awards

Candidates for Bronze and Silver awards should find answers to most of their questions here:

Help for Silver award candidates with Section E of the examination

Those preparing for the Silver award may find this helpful:

Results of the latest RSCM validated singing award examinations

Congratulations to all the successful candidates! These results are published in the September 2014 edition of Church Music Quarterly.

These results are listed alphabetically under RSCM Areas and Countries. 
(F) = RSCM Friend, (IM) = Individual Member, (S) = Student member.

GOLD AWARD     Honours (90%+)
Chester: Jennifer Fletcher (Sandiway, St John Evangelist). Guildford: Elizabeth Robbings♦ (Guildford Cathedral). Lancashire: Matthew Downes, Benjamin Hurley (Broughton PC). Lichfield: Isabella Corness-Parr, Sophia Corness-Parr, Lucas Hurley, Edward Phillips (Wolverhampton, St Peter). London: Ellen Coleman♦ (Ealing, St Barnabas). Manchester: Sarah Nicholson (Manchester, St Ann). Peterborough & Northampton: Nikki Hannent (Northampton, St Matthew). Southwark & E Surrey: Christine Camplin (East Dulwich, St John Evangelist). Swansea & Brecon: Eleanor Cotterill (Swansea, St Mary). Wessex: Wendy Wood (Amesbury Abbey).

SILVER STANDARD    * Commended (75%+) ** Highly commended (85%+)
Birmingham: Peter Lapworth* (Lapworth, St Peter). Bristol & Swindon: Daniel Alsop*, Timothy Gibberd* (Redcliffe, St Mary). Coventry: Sarah Hyland* (Bilton, St Mark), John McCutchion* (Earlsdon, St Barbara). Cumbria: Seth Blacklock**, Francisca Boyling**, Alison Kay* (Carlisle Cathedral). Durham: Jan Miller**, Shirley Moore*, Judith Petherick** (Washington, Holy Trinity). Essex & E London: Jack Beazley** (Brentwood Cathedral), Fran Ward* (Chingford, PC), Alice Cornish* (Hornchurch, St Andrew), Lorraine Everett** (Thorpe Bay, St Augustine). Ireland: Jacqueline Dickinson** (Dundela, St Mark). Lichfield: Angel Bains, Greg Bennett, Jessica Coyne*, Caitlin Lacey* (Wolverhampton, St Peter). Ripon & Leeds: Georgina Randall, Imogen Sinclair (Bilton, St John Evangelist), Janet Jelley, Amy Johnston*, Jacqueline Johnston (Harrogate, St Wilfrid), Anna O’Shea, Megan Summers, Lauren Windsor** (Knaresborough, St John Baptist). Southwark & E Surrey: Michael Sprack* (East Dulwich, St John Evangelist). Wakefield: Oliver Heath (Huddersfield, St Patrick), Nathanial Keller (North Elmsall, St Margaret), Jacob Crabtree*, Adam Marwood, Sam Piper*, Amelia Thackery** (Wakefield Cathedral). Winchester: Sarah Dashwood* (Amport, St Mary), James Bain**, Emma Smith* (Bournemouth, St Peter), Maureen Penrose** (Lymington, St Thomas). 

BRONZE STANDARD    * Commended (75%+) ** Highly commended (85%+)
Bristol & Swindon: Tanya Garstone*, Rosemarie Saunders*, Sarah Townsend* (Cricklade, St Sampson), Tess Allison, Gemma Carey, Alicia Farr*, Vicki Luc (Redcliffe, St Mary). Cumbria: Dennis Atkinson*, Martin Atkinson*, Molly Bradley, Charlie Butcher*, Jessica Evans, Owen Neale**, Charlotte Thomson**, Matthew Warwick** (Carlisle Cathedral). Durham: Abigail Littlefair, Lucy Miller* (Barnard Castle, St Mary), Sarah Cleeve* (Durham, St Giles), Laura Toomey* (Stockton-on-Tees, St Peter), Jack Hindmarch*, Rebecca Rutter (Washington, Holy Trinity). Essex & E London: Matthew Adams, Ethan Chan*, Travis Cleaver-Hayden*, Christopher Danquah, Samuel Simpson* (Brentwood Cathedral). Ireland: Amelia Blamphin, Helen Dunn, Ewan O’Dowd*, Rae O’Dowd*, Miriam Parker*, Alison Welch (Carnalea, St Gall). Lichfield: Imogen Dakin*, Thomas Frith*, Millie Green*, Jed Hathaway*, Isabel Proverbs*, Samuel Reynolds (Wolverhampton, St Peter). Ripon & Leeds: Erin Logan, Katie Robinson, Sophie Westwood (Bilton, St John Evangelist), Alasdair Harrison*, Victoria Knott* (Goldsborough, St Mary), Brandon Hancock*, Imogen Lang*, Anna Liptrott, Emilie Moat, Alice Spencer* (Knaresborough, St John Baptist). St Albans: Stephanie Harris* (St Albans, St Peter). Scotland: Elizabeth Poobalan* (Aberdeen, St Andrew’s Cathedral), Mika Brett*, Vienne Brett*, James Brolly*, Ciara Brown*, Catriona Chong*, Nicole Donnelly**, Georgia Dunn**, Olivia Dunn*, Olympia Dunn, Catherine Fraser**, Aidan Gallagher*, Orla Gallagher**, Grant Haddow**, Patrick Hagerty*, Anthony Loughlin-Gomes*, Madalena Loughlin-Gomes**, Patrick McArthur, Ciaran McChord**, Joseph McGowan*, Catherine McGuire**, Tom McGuire, Callum McManus, Grace McWilliams*, Eilidh Macleod, Adam Maconachie, Charlotte Mathews**, Orla Rose Quinn**, Sinead Quinn*, Louise Sadler*, Matthew Sadler*, Daniel Smith, Hannah Smith**, Noemi Thompson*, Ruoda Wang*, Amelia Young* (Glasgow, St Aloysius’ College). Southwark & E Surrey: Eleanor Muller** (Blechingley, St Mary), Amelia Bailey*, Sophie Green* (Dormansland, St John Evangelist), Lucy Groom, Christine Hampson*, Philip Macauley, Jhada Walton Brown (East Dulwich, St John Evangelist), Paul Chambers** (Malden, St James), Rosie Eggitt* (Malden, St John Baptist), Edward Hanson** (Plumstead Common, SS Mark w Margaret), Lucy Genge*, Sophie Marlow*, Emily Stocker (Redhill, St John Evangelist), Charlotte Kennedy** (Riddlesdown, St James). Swansea & Brecon: Christopher Baber**, Ethan Bewen-Chappell**, Michael Bould*, Peter Evans** (Swansea, St Mary). Wakefield: Joshua Davis, Kyle Davis, Maia Duka, Toby Heath* (Huddersfield, St Patrick), Sophie Kaye* (New Mill, Christ Church), Ruth Carter**, Samuel Cooper* (Pontefract, St Giles), Katie Appleyard*, Daniel Fullalove, Akhilesh Gairola**, Daniel McNair, Sam Meredith**, Charlotte Stead* (Wakefield Cathedral). Winchester: Saffron Whyton (Amport, St Mary), Amelia Brooks-Everist*, Alexander Schutte (Bassett, St Michael & All Angels).