The RSCM Gold Award is the highest of our singing awards, and marks the top of the Voice for Life scheme. It’s open to singers of all ages.
It has been designed in keeping with the principles of Voice for Life , that all singers should aspire to the very best standards possible, as their voices continue to develop.
For more information about the Awards scheme, please contact the Education Administrator on 01722 424843 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year there is a ‘summer’ and an ‘autumn’ exam session in England and Wales, with entry deadline dates of 1 May and 1 October. You can see a list of venues for the most recent or current session below. Venues and dates for the next session will be posted here no less than two weeks before the entry deadline.
Write your choice of venue, if you wish, in Box 5 of your Gold Award application form. Venues and dates as listed here are subject to change, depending on the number of candidates requesting each venue, so don’t forget to mention any impossible dates in Box 6 too. Exact locations and final timetables for each session are confirmed after the entry deadline, once all the candidates’ details are known. Gold Award candidates in Scotland and Ireland should contact their RSCM Co-ordinator.
|13 November (Mon)||Bristol / South Wales|
|14 November (Tue)||Birmingham|
|15 November (Wed)||West Midlands|
|16 November (Thu)||North West Midlands|
|18 November (Sat)||North East|
|20 November (Mon)||Central South|
|20 November (Mon)||North London|
|21 November (Tue)||East Midlands|
|21 November (Tue)||South West|
|22 November (Wed)||North West|
|25 November (Sat)||Manchester / Liverpool|
Please take ONE copy of your submissions and the signed submissions form to your exam. You will need this for your own reference during the viva voce.
Why not download and print off the helpful Gold Award checklist? This is also included in the last page of the Syllabus. This shows exactly what you need to send in to the RSCM when you enter and what you need to take to the exam itself. If you cannot download this form and would like a hard copy, please email email@example.com
The candidate may make one copy per examiner provided that the candidate has already purchased his/her own copy and that the copy made is destroyed immediately after the exam. Each copy must be marked with the following: ‘Examiner copy. Destroy after use.’ The candidate and the accompanist MUST perform from originals.
You can apply immediately. See the syllabus and entry form for conditions of entry. Each year there will be a ‘summer’ and an ‘autumn’ session of Gold award examinations, with entry deadline dates of 1 May and 1 October.
No, unlike the previous awards, the Gold Award is open to singers of all ages. The RSCM Gold Award has been designed in keeping with the principles of the Voice for Life scheme, that all singers should aspire to the very best standards possible, as their voices continue to develop throughout life. Voice for Life allows adults, as well as junior singers, to progress from elementary stages through to the more advanced level to be tested by the RSCM Gold Award.
Training evenings are offered from time to time: look in the latest edition of The Network. On RSCM residential courses, there are usually opportunities for questions, and maybe a workshop session, to help you prepare.
Sometimes Gold candidates are worried that they have not yet attended an RSCM approved residential course. The Gold Award syllabus requirement, clearly stated at Pre-requisite 4, is that candidates
“have gained some general musical experience beyond the usual repertoire of their own choir. For instance, they may have attended an RSCM approved Residential Course, and have achieved a good report or attendance certificate, a photocopy of which will also be submitted with their application. Or they may have attended a different course, or sung with RSCM Voices or one of the RSCM Cathedral Singers groups, or taken part in a special project or cathedral visit, evidence of which will be submitted in an additional testimonial with their application.”
The first reference – written by the choir trainer and counter-signed by your incumbent, minister or chaplain – will give a glowing report of the candidate’s work and demeanour in their local church (or school) choir setting. The second testimonial demonstrates that the candidate has gained experience, in ways comparable to an RSCM residential course, beyond the limits of their normal choir routine. It might be supplied, for example, by an instrumental teacher or tutor, commenting on participation in an orchestral course. Or your choir may have made a successful cathedral visit, enlarging its repertoire, and a referee with a pastoral role might say something about their leadership/sense of responsibility in the ‘away’ environment. Or, has the candidate been involved in some recital or concert work, in your or a neighbouring church or with a choral society or other music group?
The important thing is for the second reference to show some extra-parochial event involving the candidate’s interest/commitment/responsibility, which indicates that their performance horizons have been ‘lifted’ before and while preparing for this prestigious award. In a case where no residential course has been attended and there is no satisfactory second reference, the Award entry (and cheque) are returned with an explanation that further preparation for the Award is considered essential before the entry can be accepted.
No. The Gold Award replaced the St Nicolas and St Cecilia Awards in 2002, and is designed to encourage singers to reach the same high standards as the previous awards. If you have other questions about the Gold Award please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org