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Recent Publications from RSCM Press

COMING SOON - Young Voices Festival:
Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

RSCM order number: S0165
Price: £25.00 (£18.75 affiliate price)
Release Date: July 2015

Each choir will need just one copy of the book, and further resources are provided online.

An inspiring service for upper or equal voices, devised to encourage worship in school, church and community. By means of carefully chosen readings, prayers and music, the service celebrates the justice of God in the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta.

This festival service is in three parts: The Free Society, The Freedom to Worship, and The Promise of Freedom.

Online resources include performance and backing tracks, music for singers, congregational order of service and training notes.

The RSCM Guide to Plainchant
ed. John Rowlands-Pritchard

RSCM order number: G0038
Price: £9.95 (£7.46 affiliate price)
Release Date: May 2015

Dr Mary Berry, who died in 2008, was a leading plainchant expert. Her seminal work on plainsong Plainchant for everyone has been revised and updated by John Rowlands-Pritchard, who studied with Dr Berry and is himself a leading practitioner of plainchant.

The revised material has been re-set with an improved and clearer layout, and John has added an extensive anthology of plainchant, some in liturgical context, that singers and choir directors will find invaluable.

How to Use Voice for Life

RSCM order number: F0121
Price: £25.00 (£18.75 affiliate price)
Release Date: 2 February 2015

How to Use Voice for Life is a comprehensive guide to the RSCM’s acclaimed Voice for Life scheme. Written with choir trainers and directors in mind, it contains everything necessary to help singers get the most out of their Voice for Life choral experience.

How to Use Voice for Life supports all aspects of the scheme and its resources. Together with its companion volume, the Voice for Life Guide to Musicianship, it provides both a complete guide to training and assessing singers, and a generous source of technical and practical advice for anyone helping choral musicians to reach their full potential.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
Area Festival Book

RSCM order number: S0160
Price: £6.50 (£4.88 affiliate price)
Release Date: 26 January 2015

Many RSCM Areas will be using this service for their choral festivals in 2015. If you are planning to sing in a choral festival using this service, please check with your Area for ordering locally - there may be a discount!

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done is a festival service to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. Based on the theme of social justice, the book includes a wide selection of hymns and worship songs and is designed to be easily adapted for services of all sizes.

The service book features works by Margaret Rizza, Bernadette Farrell, James MacMillan and Philip Wilby among others, as well as an anthem composed by Malcolm Archer for the Magna Carta anniversary.

There are alternative choices for each musical item and guidance to help with adapting the service, whether it is for a large Area festival or at Choral Evensong.

Requiem - Gabriel Fauré
ed. Michael Higgins

RSCM order number: E0291
Price: £5.99 (£4.49 affiliate price)
Release Date: 16 June 2014

 

This new edition of Fauré's much loved Requiem has been made by Michael Higgins especially for voices accompanied by organ. Where appropriate, the pedal part of the organ is written on a separate stave, making the work easier to realise at the console. The rehearsal letters correspond to the Novello edition, making it compatible with those singing from the Novello edition.

Also available are a full score and instrumental parts of Michael Higgins’ arrangement for string quintet (two violin, viola, ‘cello and double bass) and organ.

Young Voices Festival:
We will remember them

RSCM order number: S0152
Price: £25.00 (£18.75 affiliate price)
Release Date: 19 May 2014

Each choir will need just one copy of the book with accompanying CD-ROM, from which all materials can be reproduced.

In the year of the centenary of the beginning of World War I, this inspirational new festival service for young voices remembers conflict and war through readings, prayers and music. It includes prayers for those affected by war, especially those that have died, and gives thanks for God's peace and love, open to us all.

There are anthems, hymns and worship songs in a wide range of styles from African-American spirituals to World War I songs.

Watch out for festivals in your area, or consider running your own! Individual items are also suitable for school assemblies, services and other occasions.

Voice for Life Guide to Musicianship

RSCM order number: F0120
Price: £25.00 (£18.75 affiliate price)
Release Date: 17 April 2014

The Voice for Life Guide to Musicianship is a complete resource for trainers, choral directors and the singers they work with. It contains all you need to train and assess singers for the musicianship targets at White, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Red and Yellow levels, as well as extensive materials to prepare candidates for the aural and sight-reading tests in the RSCM Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

The Voice for Life Guide to Musicianship is packed with practical help and advice, and fully supported by supplementary downloadable documents.

The Bronze Collection Book Two

RSCM order number: B0392
Price: £9.95 (£7.46 affiliate price)
Release Date: May 2014

The latest RSCM Bronze Award syllabus revision offers a uniform, and increased, choice of Section A music to candidates in all of our Areas. This book contains 20 such anthems from List C where the melody line is sung, and List D where the candidate sings their own part. Together with the 34 pieces previously published in The Bronze Collection Book One, this completes the repertoire for the Bronze Award Section A.

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The Silver Collection Book Two

RSCM order number: B0393
Price: £9.95 (£7.46 affiliate price)
Release Date: June 2014

The latest RSCM Silver Award syllabus revision offers a uniform, and increased, choice of Section A music to candidates in all of our Areas. This book contains 15 such anthems from List G, written for SATB voices. Together with the 30 pieces previously published in The Silver Collection Book One, this completes the repertoire for the Silver Award Section A.

Sydney Nicholson and his 'Musings of a Musician'
John Henderson and Trevor Jarvis

RSCM order number: G0138
Price: £18.95
Release Date: 11 Aug 2013

Sydney Nicholson and The College of St Nicolas: The Chislehurst Years

by John Henderson and Trevor Jarvis

RSCM Order Number: G0134
Price: £12.50
Release Date: November 2011

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Musings of a Musician, the autobiography of Sir Sydney Nicholson, founder of the RSCM, is published here for the first time, enhanced by much additional material. It includes a wealth of hitherto unpublished photographs and some of Nicholson's own watercolour paintings. Also included is the first publication of his anthem My song is love unknown.

The companion volume The Chislehurst Years follows the story of the founding of the College of St Nicolas and the School of English Church Music (now the RSCM). Through the testimony of former choristers, archive letters and photographs, together with Nicholson’s personal accounts, the authors have pieced together a detailed account of the College’s first ten years, creating a fascinating insight into what life must have been like at this unique college.

Dr John Henderson is Honorary Librarian of the RSCM, and Trevor Jarvis is Honorary Assistant Librarian.

A Mirror to the Soul
30 contemporary hymns based on psalms
Timothy Dudley-Smith; music editor - William Llewellyn

ISBN: 978-0-85402-234-2
Price: £6.95 (£5.21 affiliate price)
Release Date: January 2014

This collection is the latest in a popular series of themed collections from one of today’s most acclaimed hymn writers. It offers new words for 30 psalms, set to a wide variety of hymn tunes, from the well-loved to a great new tune by John Rutter.

Psalms gave the Christian community its first hymns. Metrical psalms are not, except in the rarest cases, actual translations of the original; but to congregations used to hymn singing they can offer something of the riches that singing (or saying) of the psalms provide. A glance at the themes represented will show the kind of variety that will often fit easily into a pattern of worship; or be of help in private devotion.


Officium Divinum
A musical journey through the Daily Office
Margaret Rizza

Officium Divinum book
RSCM order number: B0373
Price: £7.95 (£5.96 affiliate price)
Release Date: 11 Aug 2013

Officium Divinum CD
RSCM order number: CR022
Price: £10.00 (£7.50 affiliate price)
Release Date: 11 Aug 2013

Special offer - buy the book and CD together for £15.00

Video message - hear Margaret Rizza talk about creating Officium Divinum, and about the importance of meditation in her spiritual life. It also includes footage of the recording session by Convivium Singers.

The sixteen pieces of Officium Divinum are made up of four choral pieces with organ, two a cappella pieces and ten choral pieces with organ and instrumental accompaniment.

They follow the journey of Daily Prayer from awakening at the break of the day to the eyelids closing at the end of the day.

Margaret says: "Chants are so easy to perform and also lovely to sing and to work at. Through the repetitions, a chant starts in the head with all its thinking and begins the long journey into the heart. There one begins to be open to the beauty of prayer, and drawn into deeper levels of reflection and stillness. Singing chants is a wonderful way to share, as we come to pray together."

The music has also been recorded by Convivium Singers, conducted by Eamonn Dougan, and is available as a CD.

 

Read here an interview with Margaret published in Church Times