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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)

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 June 2014 edition of Church Music Quarterly.

Results are listed under RSCM Areas and Countries.
indicates that a Diocesan award has been validated for local RSCM members.
IM = RSCM Individual Member

Honours 90%+ (Gold)
** Distinction 85%+ (Bronze/Silver)
* Merit 75%+ (Bronze/Silver)

Birmingham: Alice Barrett*, Katharine Rowland*, Demelza Werrin* (Harborne, St Peter), Matthew Baumber, Dylan Hawthorne-Slater, Samuel Hodkinson*, Sophie Mitchell*, Hannah Naylor*, Olivia Rawlings**, Christian Walters (Solihull, St Alphege). Dyfed: Venize Barrientos*, Gwenno Griffiths**, Eunice Jones (Canticum Novum), Ffion Richardson, Anne Williams (Carmarthen, St Peter), Matthew Maloney**, Scott Phillips** (St David’s Cathedral). Ely: Benjamin Somers Heslam* (Cambridge, St John Evangelist), Charlotte Field (Ramsey, St Thomas A Becket), Sara Groom, Bethany Toulson* (Sutton, St Andrew). Lincoln: Teena Twelves** (Scredington, St Andrew). Manchester: Anthony Marlow**, Adele Lane** (Brooklands, St John the Divine). Norfolk: Sarah Wilde* (Brooke, St Peter). Northumbria: Emily Flood*, Sophie Halford*, Victoria Halford*, Emma Howarth**, Bridget Ord*, Alex Skelly* (Ovingham, St Mary Virgin). Oxford: Amy Tarrant (Cookham Dean, St John Baptist), Nia Hudson*, Chris Humm (Rotherfield Peppard, All Saints). Peterborough & Northampton: Joanne Needle* (Finedon, St Mary Virgin), Georgia Barnes, Annamarie Schooling* (Higham Ferrers, St Mary Virgin). St Albans: Linda Colton* (Bedford, St Paul). Southwark & E Surrey: Olivia Crawley**, Serena Shakshir (Merton, St Mary), Tom Edwards*, Alexander Milner**, Yousif Razin** (Wimbledon, Kings College School). Suffolk‡: Robyn Murphy (Melton, St Andrew), Henry Alexander**, James Bradley, Oliver Cannon, Thomas Upton (St Edmundsbury Cathedral).

Birmingham: Daniel Blackledge**, Ben Cusack**, Lenaee Hamilton** (Harborne, SS Faith & Laurence), Amelia Harvey* (Harborne, St Peter), Sarah Grimshaw (Olton, St Margaret), Darcy Humphries, Gill Odling, Lily Pulsford*, Samuel Walters, Carmen Whaley* (Solihull, St Alphege), Annie Casey*, Rebekah Mittoo*, Amy Robinson** (Warley Woods, St Hilda). Dyfed: Jovine Barrientos*, Bryan Calingasan, Louise Weldon* (Canticum Novum), Rhian Barwick*, Ruben Mansfield*, Sara Rothwell-Stemp** (St David’s Cathedral). Ely: Nadine Santus* (Gt Gransden, St Bartholomew & Lt Gransden), Rebecca Peacock** (IM), Charlotte Bradbury* (Sutton, St Andrew). Lincoln: Jane Stokes** (Lincoln, St Nicholas), Krimgsley De Almeidavia**, Luke Muxlow*, Jacob Philpott, Travis Tomlinson (Spalding, SS Mary & Nicolas). Liverpool: Charissa Brunskill*, Emily Guilfoyle*, Matthew Lacey*, Edward Roberts* (West Derby, St Mary Virgin). Manchester: Kathryn Simpson* (Manchester Cathedral Voluntary Choir). Norfolk: Eleanor Ross** (Eaton, Christ Church), Pearl Morgan-Hart* (Sheringham, St Peter). Oxford: Sophie Smyth* (Marlow, All Saints), Ellen Boylan*, Holly Herrington, Lexi Price**, Briony Swinyard* (Wokingham, All Saints). Peterborough & Northampton: Jenny Mander**, Sorcha Startin* (Higham Ferrers, St Mary Virgin), Nia Blackwell**, Alice Howard*, Daisy McAllister (Kingsthorpe, St John Baptist). Rochester: Ellie Robinson* (Aylesford, SS Peter & Paul), Joseph Cozens*, Henry Kenny*, Quentin Martins* (Bromley, St Mark), Rachael Ringer* (Hawkhurst, St Laurence). St Albans: Helen Sheath** (Bedford, St. Paul), Hannah Briars* (Clifton, All Saints), Rosanna Billington, Rachel Thompson (Flitwick, SS Peter & Paul), Sara Cranfield**, Matthew Fuller (Hitchin, St Mary). Southwark & E Surrey: Sophie Naylor-Osborne*, Elizabeth Taylor** (Brockham Green, Christ Church), Dylan Tuveri* (Merton, St James), Lois Husaini, Sophie McElderry*, Tristan McElderry* (Merton, St Mary), James Eales**, Andrew McClarty**, Kyle Rundstrom** (Wimbledon, Kings College School). USA: Abigail Edwards* (Princeton, NJ, Trinity Church). Wessex‡: Leah Davies*, Rachel Hunt, Claire Rooke* (Amesbury Abbey).