Saturday Schools are the RSCM’s new initiative to take high quality training to small town and rural centres across the UK. Parallel sessions for choirs and choir trainers and instrumentalists and worship leaders run through the day, offering workshops led by skilled trainers, before coming together at the end of the day for an act of worship. Click here to find out more.
Church Music Skills is a pioneering education programme designed to help practising church musicians to develop the skills and understanding that they need for their role, and to equip those who want to be able to lead music in worship.
The programme is based on distance learning, combining private study at home with practical experience in the student’s own church. It is designed for use by students studying alone or with a teacher, and may be complemented by optional attendance at RSCM workshops, masterclasses and short residential courses.
Lift up your Voice is a course run locally for churches large or small, with musical resources or none: everybody is welcome. Originally designed for churches in which there is little or no means of instrumental accompaniment, the course explores vocal material from traditional hymns to Taizé, offering up ways of celebrating the church’s seasons creatively.
Search ‘Lift up your Voice’ here to find an event near you.
Stuck for ideas for hymns and songs? Sunday by Sunday magazine has lists of suitable music for every Sunday and major festival of the Church Year.
Sam and Sara Hargreaves wrote for us in Issue 75 of Sunday by Sunday about why and how to link songs together in a flow of worship. They have provided this helpful accompanying video which demonstrates the principles explained in their article.
Issue 52 of Sunday by Sunday featured a new setting of Psalm 150 by David Ogden, suitable for use on Music Sunday. Instrumental parts and a full score are available to download below. Visit our Music Sunday page to find further resources for planning a Music Sunday service or event.