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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)

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)

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 December 2015 edition of Church Music Quarterly.

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

♦ Honours 90%+ (Gold)
** Highly commended 85%+ and
* Commended 75%+ (Bronze/Silver)

USA: Lauren Bodenlos, Gabriel Lim (Burlingame, CA, St Paul).

Canterbury: Rachael Ringer* (Hawkhurst, St Laurence). Gloucestershire: Holly Scrivener** (Lechlade, St Lawrence). Hereford: Cressida Gethin**, Imogen Miller** (Hereford, Holy Trinity). Lincoln: Matilda Johnston* (Grantham, St Wulfram), Tom Ellis**, Elizabeth Nugent*, Jane Stokes* (Lincoln, St Nicholas), Shona White* (Whaplode, St Mary). N&E Yorkshire: Hannah Nightingale (York, St Olave). Oxford: Emily Devine**, Emily Jenkins*, Lydia Shaw** (Finchampstead, St James), Robin Middleton**, Elizabeth Parkinson** (Goring, St Thomas of Canterbury), Freddy Chelsom (Oxford, St Giles), Emma Cross** (Wallingford, St Mary-le-More). Peterborough & Northampton: Alice Butts (Finedon, St Mary Virgin). Southwell & Notts: Dawn Wilby (Bunny, St Mary Virgin), Elaine Golding (Wollaton, St Leonard). Sussex: David Billam*, Jenny Billam*, Fenella Holmes** (Wivelsfield, SS Peter & John). USA: Elizabeth Henderson**, Eugenia Henderson** (Beaufort, SC, St Helena), Olivia Czech**, Gabriel Haddad** (Boston, MA, Trinity Copley Square), Anne Cassals** (Burlingame, CA, St Paul), Alex Poulosky (Champaign, IL, St John the Divine), Charlotte Palmer (East Greenwich, RI, St Luke), Andrew Hubbard** (Evansville, IN, First Presbyterian church), Brittany Beers, Ezekiel Gremillion, Isabelle Gremillion (Newport Beach, CA, St Matthew), Abby Alexander*, Jonah Harwood, Ruby Meyer*, Karine Story* (Tucson, AZ, St Philip in the Hills).

Chester: Rosie Allen* (Sale, St Paul), Jessica Boot* (Sandiway, St John Evangelist). Gloucestershire: Alexia Dunley** (Cheltenham, All Saints), Annabelle Bath* (Lechlade, St Lawrence), Eloise Ashworth, Penny Kain* (Winchcombe, St Peter). Hereford: Cameron Hill* (Ross-on-Wye, St Mary Virgin). Lincoln: Charlotte Betts, Thomas Cradduck*, Hope Eagle, Charlotte Herbert*, Tom Hills**, James Pritchard** (Grantham, St Wulfram), Theo Jones** (Lincoln, St Nicholas), Abby Turner*, Clarissa Williams** (Waltham, All Saints). New Zealand: Isabella Finan-Jenkin*, Xavier Francis*, Nathan Kelly-Moore*, Tonga Ngaluafe*, John Packer**, Maria Pavlenko**, Holly Porter**, Juliette Porter** (Auckland, Holy Trinity Cathedral). Oxford: Vicki Sperrey** (Caversham, St Peter), Lucy Hall**, Sylvia King* (Finchampstead, St James), Henry Parkinson*, Marilyn Purdie, Peter Purdie* (Goring, St Thomas of Canterbury), Jay Chelsom, Rafael Pollack-Joyce* (Oxford, St Giles). Peterborough & Northampton: Thecla Smalley* (Higham Ferrers, St Mary Virgin). Rochester: Clarence Nicol (Belvedere, All Saints), Rebecca Campbell** (Hadlow, St Mary), Joshua Dickin* (Mereworth, St Lawrence), Thomas Craig-Fleming*, Alexander Robson**, William Woodhouse* (Rusthall, St Paul). Southwell & Notts: Billy Bell (Bingham, All Saints), Pat Ashworth*, Helen Mather**, Wendy Morrell (Bramcote, St Michael), Margaret Hicking*, Kate Hodgkinson**, Christopher Satterley** (Gedling, All Hallows), Margaret Bamlett*, Elizabeth Norris**, Lesley Sanderson** (Wollaton, St Leonard). Swansea & Brecon: Dominic Caselton, Andrea Davey, Lucas Lewis-Smith, Carys Nelson (Oystermouth, All Saints). Sussex: Tegan Betsworth* (Barnham, St Mary Virgin), Deshan Sureshan (Bexhill, St Peter), Sally Bowles*, Angela Howitt, Jacqueline Ward** (Ticehurst, St Mary), Bill Baldock (Wivelsfield, SS Peter & John). USA: Sarah Lawrence*, Sydney Lawrence* (Beaufort, SC, St Helena), Will Graczewski**, Jonathan Wiley** (Burlingame, CA, St Paul), Carolyn Hoff* (Charlotte, NC, St John), Palmer Berry (East Greenwich, RI, St Luke), Emily Boyle, Jesse Franz, Oliver Hubbard*, Elena Nicholls*, Cydney Wathen* (Evansville, IN, First Presbyterian church), Caitlin Beers, Jessica Beers, Isabel Ertac, Sara Ertac, Kara Swanson, Julia Wong* (Newport Beach, CA, St Matthew), Belen Urreiztieta* (Tucson, AZ, St Philip in the Hills), Isabel Morgan (Washington, DC, St Columba). Wessex: Austin Hill*, Maria Ivanova (Parkstone, St Peter), Heidi Scott*, Deborah Wood* (Wilton, SS Mary & Nicholas).