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About RSCM Scotland

RSCM Scotland is part of the Royal School of Church Music, an educational, ecumenical and international Christian charity committed to enabling the best use of music (of whatever style, appropriate to the local situation) in worship, church life, and the wider community.

Our objectives

To support our members through

  • practical and applied programmes of education and training
  • engaging with young people in singing
  • making music at the highest possible level
  • music-making at festivals and courses
  • music and training resources
  • together with information, advice and guidance to serve the Churches by
    • encouraging music-making in general, and singing in particular
    • providing training in essential skills for church music
    • developing understanding of music in the Church's ministry and worship
    • encouraging good music everywhere through fostering outreach from local churches into the community

Our aims

RSCM Scotland aims

  • to support all the Scottish Churches in their music-making
    by offering encouragement, advice and training to all
  • to enable the provision of music in church for the future
  • to support members who are trying to keep music alive in their churches

Help us to help you!

RSCM Scotland Committee

The voluntary committee consists of the following members:

  • Matthew Beetschen Chair
  • Revd Marion Paton Chair-elect
  • Nicola Lawrence Secretary
  • Lynn Bowser Treasurer
  • Sheila Chisholm (formerly Robertson) Education and Training Officer
  • Sue Gardner Awards Administrator
  • Pat Lynch Membership Coordinator
  • Drummond McNicol consultant
  • Kirsten Mann Schools Network Officer
  • David Sutherland Publicity Officer
  • Ann Treloar consultant
  • Alistair Warwick Young Persons Officer (interim)

Alistair Warwick is RSCM Coordinator for Scotland

Events in Scotland

Current events
Past Events 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006

Local events

We are just one committee of 11 volunteers covering the whole country, and we need your help to make these events happen!

So if you see a local need for training or repertoire sessions please get in touch with us. You will need to organise the event and to make sure that there is good local publicity (preferably word-of-mouth) to ensure that as many people as possible benefit. We are very happy to lead the event – we just need you to play your part in making it happen!

For more details, or to book a place at one of our events, contact:
Patricia Lynch (T: 01620 892228; E: pat(at)rscmscotland.org)

Current and future events

Date & time Details

2014 Events
Events for 2014 include the following
Please return soon for more details

various dates

RSCM Scottish Voices

Details of the adults' Scottish Voices choir (including dates) can be found here

various dates

RSCM Young Scottish Voices

Details of Young Scottish Voices can be found here

date to be decided

Meet, Eat and Sing

Glasgow

Some past events
 
Date Details

2014 Events
Events for 2014 included

Saturday 5 April
4pm

Scottish Voices sing Choral Evensong

Peebles Old Parish Church

The music will include:

  • Christ has no body now but yours (David Ogden)

  • Preces & Responses (Richard Ayleward)

  • Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in d minor (Thomas Attwood Walmisley)

  • Salvator Mundi (John Blow)

Friday 30 May
18:30–21:00

Meet, Eat and Sing

Andrew Reid (RSCM Director)

St John's Cathedral, Oban PA34 5PS

Cost: Donations

Contact: Lilian Kermode | lkermode47(at)btinternet.com | 01631 571009

Come and enjoy an evening of good company and good music in the splendid setting of St John’s Cathedral, Oban. The event will be led by RSCM Director, Andrew Reid.

Singing/Workshop

Saturday 31 May
Service starts: 16:00

Celebratory Choral Evensong

Frikki Walker director

Paisley Abbey

Celebrating the fifth year of RSCM Scottish Voices, joined by RSCM Young Scottish Voices, and members of our English sister choirs RSCM Voices North, RSCM Voices West, and RSCM Voices South.

Music will include:

Introit

Parry

I was Glad

Responses

Rose

 

Psalm

 

150

Canticles

Dyson

in D

Anthems

Kelly
Vaughan Williams

This Lovely Lady
Let all the world

Sunday 1 June
14:30–17:45 Service starts: 17:00

Choral Evensong for Ascension

Andrew Reid (RSCM Director) conductor
Matthew Beetschen, organ

Dunblane Cathedral, Dunblane FK15 0AQ

01786 445158

Come and celebrate Ascensiontide by singing choral evensong with Dunblane Cathedral Choir. The event will be led by RSCM Director, Andrew Reid, and there will be a chance to meet with Andrew over refreshments. All music will be provided on the day.

For more details, contact:
Matthew Beetschen matthew(at)rscmscotland.org

Singing/Workshop

Monday 9 June – Friday 13 June
09:30–15:30

Bronze Award Exams

Alistair Warwick

St Aloysius College, Glasgow

Contact: Sue Gardner | awards(at)rscmscotland.org | 01786 842447

Examination

Friday 4 July – Sunday 6 July

A Weekend of Music Making in North Northumberland: Make a Joyful Noise ... Celebrating Music Within Worship

Another cross-border event!

Andrew Robinson (RMA, North) & Frances Novillo (RMA, London & South)

St Cuthbert, Church Lane, Norham, England

Friday 4 July (19:00) Evensong with Newcastle Cathedral Choir

Saturday 5 July (09:45-17:00)
Workshops to support music making in churches

for clergy, lay readers, service leaders, choir members and individual singers, organists and congregation members

  • Instruments in Worship

  • Music to Support Small Congregations

  • Workshops for Children

  • New Repertoire for Choirs

  • Piano to Organ Support

Sunday 6 July (10:00)
Festal Eucharist with Assistant Bishop of Newcastle and the Parish Choir of Norham
Haydn: Little Organ Mass

Costs:

  • 4 July free;

  • 5 July £5 adults, children free

  • 6 July free

Contact: Patricia Bonia | julianbonia(at)btinternet.com | 01289 382256

Organist training | Conductor training | Cantor Singing/Workshop | Instrumental/music group

14 – 17 July

Summer School

Gordon Appleton
Susan Hamilton
Matthew Beetschen

Dunblane Cathedral, Dunblane FK15 0AQ

This course, directed by Gordon Appleton, incorporates the Dunblane Singing Break, which will be in its 17th year in 2014, and will include some optional skills workshops in the afternoons.

The acts of worship will continue to take place in Dunblane Cathedral accompanied by Matthew Beetschen on the splendid Flentrop organ.

Book your place here

2013

Saturday
9 March
10.30 – 14.30
11.00 – 14.30

Skills for Church Musicians

Sheila Chisholm (formerly Robertson)

St John's Episcopal Church, Dumfries DG1 1LW
Dryfesdale Parish Church, Lockerbie (map)

More details of the venue

For more information, contact Sheila: sheila(at)rscmscotland.org

Please note that this event has been moved from Dumfries to Dryfesdale, Lockerbie

Saturday
25 May

RSCM Celebration Day

St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh

Details for booking for the massed choir (including choir items), which has also been sent to all affiliates, can be found at http://www.rscm.com/ukIreland/celday.php 

Singers: download a poster for your church

Fridays
11 January
25 January
8 February
22 February
8 March
22 March
26 April
10 May
24 May
7 June
21 June

 

 

Voice for Life for adults (16+)

St Peter's, Lutton Place, Edinburgh EH8 9PE

Sheila Chisholm (formerly Robertson)

Although Voice for Life is usually run within a local church, some churches do not give this opportunity, so these classes are open to anyone who sings regularly in a church choir of any denomination, and wishes to follow the programme.

Participants work through each level at their own pace.

All meetings are held on a Friday in the Choir Vestry of St Peter’s, Lutton Place, EH8 9PE.

White / Light Blue: 2.30 - 3.30pm
Dark Blue / Bronze: 3.15pm - 4.15pm
Red / Silver: 4pm - 5pm

Saturday
22 June
10.30-15.00

Church Music Skills Training

Sheila Chisholm

St Saviour's Episcopal Church, Bridge of Allan

A workshop for those working on the Organ and Choir Director Modules of the Church Music Skills Programme, it is also for those that are either interested in the course or just want to improve their skills. Repertoire from all three levels will be covered. Please bring your own lunch.

Contact Sheila (0131 229 3177, sheila(at)rscmscotland.org)

Please register by Wednesday 19th June

Monday 8 to Thursday 11 July
(1pm to 12 noon)

RSCM Scotland Summer School
(incorporating the Dunblane Singing Break)

Gordon Appleton, Matthew Beetschen, Susan Hamilton

Workshops led by Sheila Chisholm, Patricia Lynch, Alistair Warwick and others

Stirling University and Dunblane Cathedral

Book your place at the RSCM Scotland Summer School can be found here

Saturday
7 September
14.30-17.00

All you wanted to know about Voice for Life but never dared ask!

Sheila Chisholm

St Peters Episcopal Church, Lutton Pace, Edinburgh

Come and explore different ways to run Voice for Life in your church or school and have all your questions answered. The afternoon will include what is expected for each level of coloured ribbon, and will also discuss the requirements of the Bronze and Silver awards.

Contact Sheila (0131 229 3177, sheila(at)rscmscotland.org)

Please register by Wednesday 4th September

Saturday
14 September
14.00-18.00
(Service at 17.00)

Postponed

Young Voices Festival: Water of Life

Matthew Beetschen and Stuart Muir

St Pauls Cathedral, Dundee

Children from schools in the East of Scotland are warmly invited to St Pauls Cathedral, Dundee, for a wonderful afternoon of music making culminating in an RSCM Young Voices Festival Service at 5.00pm.

Water of Life celebrates God's gift of water, in association with WaterAid.

The Festival will be directed by Matthew Beetschen and accompanied by Stuart Muir.

Contact Sheila (0131 229 3177, sheila(at)rscmscotland.org)

Please register by 31st August

Saturday
21 September
10.30-15.00

Church Music Skills Training

Sheila Chisholm

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Dunfermline

Participants will play and conduct specific pieces from all levels of the Organ and Choir Director Modules of Church Music Skills course. It is useful for anyone involved in Church Music, and those who are doing or interested in starting the programme. Please bring your own lunch.

Contact Sheila (0131 229 3177, sheila(at)rscmscotland.org)

Please register by Wednesday 18th September

2012  

Fridays from
January to
June 2012
4pm – 5pm

Voice for Life for adults

St Peter's, Lutton Place, Edinburgh

Sheila Robertson

Although Voice for Life is usually run within a local church, some churches do not give this opportunity, so these classes are open to anyone who sings regularly in a church choir of any denomination, and wishes to follow the programme.

Voice for Life for adults: in Edinburgh (PDF)

Dates:

  • 13, 27 January

  • 10, 24 February

  • 9, 30 March

  • 20 April

  • 4, 18 May

  • 1, 15 June

For more details, contact:
Sheila Robertson (T: 0131 229 3177; E: sheila(at)rscmscotland.org

Saturday 19 May
2.00 – 5.00pm

Triennial Festival rehearsal (Edinburgh)

Alistair Warwick
Edinburgh (Pilrig St Paul’s, Leith Walk)

Please contact sheila(at)rscmscotland.org if you’d like to attend.

Music is now available.
Contact Patricia Lynch (T: 01620 892228; E: pat(at)rscmscotland.org)

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Thursday 31 May
7.30 – 9.30pm

Triennial Festival rehearsal (Glasgow)

Frikki Walker

Glasgow (St Mary’s Cathedral)
please contact matthew(at)rscmscotland.org if you’d like to attend.

Music is now available.
Contact Patricia Lynch (T: 01620 892228; E: pat(at)rscmscotland.org)

Sign up for our newsletter for more details.

Thursday 7 June
7.30 – 9.30pm

Triennial Festival rehearsal (Dunblane)

Matthew Beetschen

Dunblane (Dunblane Cathedral Hall)
please contact matthew(at)rscmscotland.org if you’d like to attend.

Music is now available.
Contact Patricia Lynch (T: 01620 892228; E: pat(at)rscmscotland.org)

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Saturday 9 June
afternoon workshop
5.00pm
Choral Evensong

RSCM Young Scottish Voices

Matthew Beetschen

St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth

Our new children’s choir is meeting for the first time for an afternoon Workshop and service of Choral Evensong at 5.00

Please contact sue(at)rscmscotland.org for more details

Sunday 10 June

3.00pm rehearsal
6.30pm service

Meet, Eat and Sing

Alistair Warwick

Carnoustie Church, Dundee Street, Carnoustie DD7 7PF

Saturday 16 June
1.30 rehearsal
5.00 service

RSCM Scotland Triennial Festival

Duncan Ferguson (Organist and Master of the Music, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh)

St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh
Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AW

Music is now available.
Contact Patricia Lynch (T: 01620 892228; E: pat(at)rscmscotland.org)

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Monday 9 to
Thursday 12 July
(1pm to
12 noon)

RSCM Scotland Summer School (incorporating the Dunblane Singing Break)

Gordon Appleton, Matthew Beetschen, Susan Hamilton

Workshops led by Patricia Lynch, Sheila Robertson, Alistair Warwick and others

Stirling University and Dunblane Cathedral

Fridays
21 September
5 October
19 October
2 November
23 November

 

 

Voice for Life for adults (16+)

St Peter's, Lutton Place, Edinburgh EH8 9PE

Sheila Chisholm (formerly Robertson)

Although Voice for Life is usually run within a local church, some churches do not give this opportunity, so these classes are open to anyone who sings regularly in a church choir of any denomination, and wishes to follow the programme.

Participants work through each level at their own pace.

All meetings are held on a Friday in the Choir Vestry of St Peter’s, Lutton Place, EH8 9PE.

White / Light Blue: 2.30 - 3.30pm
Dark Blue / Bronze: 3.15pm - 4.15pm
Red / Silver: 4pm - 5pm

Saturday
29 September

postponed: date to be decided

Scottish Pilgrimage

A meditation on the King James Bible

Patricia Lynch, David Sutherland, Jamie Brand

For congregations, choirs, music leaders and clergy
Meet at the Crighton Chapel, Dumfries for a 2pm start

Please note that this event has been postponed. We are researching a new date.

Saturday
6 October
10.30 – 14.30

Skills for Church Musicians

Sheila Chisholm (formerly Robertson)

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Dunfermline KY12 7JE

This is an event for those thinking about starting, or already working towards the Organ and Choir Director Modules of the RSCM programme of Church Music Skills.

It is geared towards any level, plus those interested in the programme but not sure what it involves. It will also be useful for those that would like to further their organ playing and choir directing.

Other modules of Church Music Skills will also be discussed, and lunch is provided.

To help with catering, please register by Wednesday 6th October.

For more information, contact Sheila: sheila(at)rscmscotland.org (See Registration form for phone number)

Saturday
3 November
2pm rehearsal
5pm service

Dunblane Singing Day

Gordon Appleton and Matthew Beetschen

Dunblane Cathedral

2011

Saturday 15 January
2.00 – 5.30pm

Church Music Skills for the Parish Musician

Sheila Robertson, Ann Treloar, Patricia Lynch, and Drummond McNicol

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lutton Place, Edinburgh EH8 9PE

An afternoon workshop for all adults interested in the variety of educational programmes offered by the RSCM, introducing and seeing how the Voice for Life and Church Music Skills programmes can be used in churches of all denominations.

Split workshops will then cover more specific areas of the two programmes such as

  • vocal technique

  • music theory

  • organ playing

  • choir directing/training

  • psalm singing

  • liturgy and ministry

If you would like more information, or to register for the afternoon, please contact Sheila Robertson:
Tel.: 0131 229 3177 or email sheila(at)rscmscotland.org

Cost: RSCM Members & Affiliates £6 (Non-Members £10)

Saturday 22 January

4pm

RSCM Scottish Voices Choral Evensong

Frikki Walker

Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church,
High Street, Paisley PA1 2BA
Please note the change of venue, due to the weather conditions.
RSCM Scottish Voices will be singing at Dunfermline Abbey at some stage in the future.

rscmscottishvoices.org.uk

Monday 14 February

St Andrew's Awards – Examiners Revalidation
John Wardle

5 March

RSCM Scottish Voices Dunblane visit

Frikki Walker

Dunblane Cathedral

Saturday 12 March

Sacred Music Studies

A support and mentoring meeting for Scotland-based students on the Sacred Music Studies course.

Details to be confirmed

Wednesday 4 May
6.30 – 9.00pm

Meet, Eat and Sing
Jamie Brand & Alistair Warwick

St John's Church, Lovers Walk, Dumfries DG1 1LW

Meet in St John's, in the centre of Dumfries, learn and sing a selection of meditative and exciting music. We start with a shared meal, and an opportunity to see what the RSCM is doing and how it can help your church's music programme.

Cost: no charge (donations welcome to cover costs)

Please register with Jamie Brand by Saturday 30 April.

Saturday 21 May

RSCM Scottish Voices Haddington visit

Frikki Walker

St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington, East Lothian

For more details, contact:
Patricia Lynch (T: 01620 892228; E: pat(at)rscmscotland.org)

Sunday 29 May
2.30pm rehearsal
7.00pm performance

Come and Sing Fauré's 'Requiem'

Nikki Junor soprano
Robert Lind baritone
John Morris organ
Jamie Brand conductor

St John’s Church & Hall, Lovers Walk, Dumfries DG1 1LW

An opportunity to celebrate the life of Tom Carrick, organist at St John's Church for over 50 years, with a performance of this much-loved choral work.

Cost: £5 (+ £2 score hire, if needed)

Please register by Saturday 21 May.

Saturday 18 June

RSCM Scottish Voices – Aberdeen Choral Evensong

Frikki Walker

St Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral, King St, Aberdeen

For more details, contact:
Patricia Lynch (T: 01620 892228; E: pat(at)rscmscotland.org)

Monday 27 June

Young Voices Symposium
Matthew Beetschen
Dunblane Cathedral halls

For more details, contact:
Patricia Lynch (T: 01620 892228; E: pat(at)rscmscotland.org)

Monday to Thursday
11 – 14 July

Dunblane Singing Break
Gordon Appleton

Scottish Churches House & Dunblane Cathedral

For more details, contact:
Patricia Lynch (T: 01620 892228; E: pat(at)rscmscotland.org)

Wednesday
7 September
7.30 – 9.30pm

Meet the Director (Glasgow)

Lindsay Gray, Director of the RSCM

St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, 300 Great Western Road, Glasgow

  • RSCM Scottish Voices will sing at this event

  • Share light refreshments

For more details, contact:
Patricia Lynch (T: 01620 892228; E: pat(at)rscmscotland.org)

Please register by Tuesday 6 September.

Thursday
8 September
7.30 – 9.30pm

Meet the Director (Dunblane)

Lindsay Gray, Director of the RSCM

Dunblane Cathedral

  • Sing some recent RSCM publications

  • Share light refreshments

For more details, contact:
Patricia Lynch (T: 01620 892228; E: pat(at)rscmscotland.org)

Please register by Wednesday 7 September.

Saturday 17 September
2.00 – 6.00pm
5.00pm service

Young Voices Festival

Susan Hamilton, Matthew Beetschen directors

St Mary's, Haddington

For more details, contact:
Patricia Lynch (T: 01620 892228; E: pat(at)rscmscotland.org)

Please register by 14 September

Saturday 17 September
4.00pm service

RSCM Scottish Voices – Glasgow Choral Evensong

Frikki Walker

St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, 300 Great Western Road, Glasgow

For more details, contact:
Patricia Lynch (T: 01620 892228; E: pat(at)rscmscotland.org)

Saturday 5 November
5.45pm Mass

RSCM Scottish Voices – Glasgow Choral Mass

St Aloysius RC Church, Rose St, Glasgow

Frikki Walker

For more details, contact:
Patricia Lynch (T: 01620 892228; E: pat(at)rscmscotland.org)

Saturday 5 November
1.45pm register
2.00pm rehearsal
5.00pm service

Dunblane Singing Day

Dunblane Cathedral

Gordon Appleton

For more details, contact:
Matthew Beetschen matthew(at)rscmscotland.org

Fridays from
September to
November 2011
4pm – 5pm

Voice for Life for adults

St Peter's, Lutton Place, Edinburgh

Sheila Robertson

Although Voice for Life is usually run within a local church, some churches do not give this opportunity, so these classes are open to anyone who sings regularly in a church choir of any denomination, and wishes to follow the programme.

Voice for Life for adults: in Edinburgh (PDF)

Dates:

  • 9, 23 September

  • 7, 14, 28 October

  • 11, 25 November

For more details, contact:
Sheila Robertson (T: 0131 229 3177; E: sheila(at)rscmscotland.org

2010

Saturday 16 January
10am – 5pm

RSCM Scottish Voices service in Haddington
Frikki Walker
St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington

Sunday 31 January
5pm workshop:
6.30pm service

Come & Sing Compline by Candlelight for Candlemas
Patricia Lynch
St Peter's Episcopal Church, Lutton Place, Edinburgh

At 17.00, Pat will also be leading an optional workshop in Plainchant singing, during which the music for Compline will be learned.

Suitable for all ages and abilities, if you are unsure about how Plainchant works, this is an ideal opportunity to learn.

The event is free, with the opportunity to give a donation towards the costs and for RSCM Scotland's work.

Contact Sheila Robertson: 0131 299 3177   sheila(at)rscmscotland.org

Saturday 20 February
10am – 5pm

RSCM Scottish Voices Choral Evensong in Glasgow
Frikki Walker
St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow

Tuesday 2 March
7.00 – 9.30pm

Eat, Meet & Sing
Matthew Beetschen
Holy Trinity Church & Hall, Cross Avenue, Melrose

An opportunity to meet new people, sing old and new music under the vibrant direction of Matthew Beetschen, Director of Music at Dunblane Cathedral, and share a meal.

To aid the catering and to ensure we have enough music, please register by Monday 22nd February.

Contact Sheila Robertson: 0131 299 3177   sheila(at)rscmscotland.org

Saturday 5 June

St Andrew's Awards exam session
St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow

Wednesday 9 June

Meet, Eat & Sing
Dumfries

POSTPONED UNTIL 4 MAY 2011

Saturday 12 June

St Andrew's Awards exam session
Dunblane Cathedral Hall

Saturday 19 June

RSCM Scottish Voices Choral Evensong
Frikki Walker
St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, Dundee
Gary Young scottishvoices(at)rscmscotland.org T: 07796 015639

Monday 19 –
Thursday 22 July

Dunblane Singing Break
Dunblane: Scottish Churches House and the Cathedral

This course is organised by RSCM Scotland in partnership with Scottish Churches House

Friday to Sunday
6 – 8 August
17.00 (Friday) – 16.00 (Sunday)

RSCM Scottish Voices Residential Rehearsal Weekend 2010
Frikki Walker
Strathallan School, Forgandenny, Perthshire
Gary Young scottishvoices(at)rscmscotland.org T: 07796 015639

Saturday 18 September
14.00 rehearsal
17.00 service

4th RSCM Scottish Young Voices Festival
Frikki Walker
St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow

Details to be confirmed soon.

Saturday 23 October
15.30 – 19.00

Eat, Meet and Sing
Director: Matthew Beetschen, Director of Music, Dunblane Cathedral
Organist: Dr Norman Mitchell, Master of Music, Dunfermline Abbey

Dunfermline Abbey

  • Suitable for all ages and abilities

Please register by Monday 18th October.
Cost: Donation to cover costs and for RSCM Scotland’s work
We will be using the RSCM's Bronze Collection (if you have a copy, please bring it with you).

More information from:

  • Lorraine Fraser: Tel. 01383 723759
    l.fraser1(at)tinyworld.co.uk

  • Sheila Robertson: Tel. 0131 229 3177
    sheila(at)rscmscotland.org

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Saturday 30 October
14.00 rehearsal
17.00 service

Dunblane Singing Day
Gordon Appleton

2009

various dates

Sing Columba!

various directors

There will be a number of events around the country - from Dumfries to Inverness - celebrating Scotland's most famous saint. Music sung will be useful not only for your own church but also as preparation for the Triennial Festival in Oban on 6 June (see below).

Some of these events are listed immediately below.

Saturday
7 March

Sing Columba! (Central Belt)
Matthew Beetschen
Dunblane Cathedral

Music sung will be useful not only for your own church but also as preparation for the Triennial Festival in Oban on 6 June (see below).

Contact: Pat 01620 892228  pat(at)rscmscotland.org

Monday
May

 

Sing Columba! (Glasgow)
Frikki Walker
St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow

Music sung will be useful not only for your own church but also as preparation for the Triennial Festival in Oban on 6 June (see below).

Contact: Frikki Walker 07948 371997

Wednesday
20 May
7.20pm

Sing Columba! (Argyll and the Isles)
Norman Nicholson
Oban Primary Campus

Music sung will be useful not only for your own church but also as preparation for the Triennial Festival in Oban on 6 June (see below).

Contact: Norman Nicholson 01631 710335

Saturday
23 May
2.30pm

Sing Columba! (Highlands)
Bridget Black
Inverness (Nessbank Church)

Contact: Bridget Black 01463 230588

Saturday
23 May
2.30pm

Sing Columba! (Edinburgh and Lothians)
Rupert Forbes
St Peter's, Lutton Place, Edinburgh

Music sung will be useful not only for your own church but also as preparation for the Triennial Festival in Oban on 6 June (see below).

Contact: Sheila Robertson  sheila(at)rscmscotland.org

Saturday
6 June
1.00pm rehearsal
4.00pm service

Triennial Festival – Sing Columba! (National event)
Timothy Noon
St Columba's Cathedral, Oban

The Service will be directed by Timothy Noon, Director of Music at Liverpool RC Cathedral and will be a celebration of St Columba, whose feast-day falls within that week.

We very much hope that choirs from all over Scotland will be able to come to Oban for this special occasion. There will be a rehearsal at 1.00 with the Festival itself at 4.00: hopefully these timings will enable you to make a day-trip - but we can provide information regarding overnight accommodation if you want to make a weekend of it!

The music will be - as usual - a varied selection including many items that will be of subsequent use in people's own churches. Music books - which will contain all information about the Festival - will be available early in the New Year.

We hope that the stunning setting and the time of year will encourage you to come to Oban. It would be great to fill the Cathedral!

NB Cost of attendance will be the purchase of a music booklet.

Contact: Pat 01620 892228  pat(at)rscmscotland.org

Monday – Thursday
13 – 16 July

Dunblane Singing Break
Gordon Appleton, Chris Broughton and Matthew Beetschen
Dunblane: Scottish Churches House and the Cathedral

This course is organised by RSCM Scotland in partnership with Scottish Churches House

Saturday
19 September

3rd RSCM Scottish Young Voices Festival
Matthew Beetschen
Dunblane Cathedral

Details to be confirmed in due course.

Contact: matthew(at)rscmscotland.org

Saturday
31 October
1.30pm arrivals
5.00pm service

Dunblane Singing Day
Gordon Appleton
Dunblane Cathedral

This year the Dunblane Singing Day will return to Dunblane Cathedral. Arrivals 1.30pm, rehearsal 2.00pm (prompt) followed by refreshments, service 5.00pm.

No fee, but donations to the work of RSCM Scotland gratefully received.

Contact: matthew(at)rscmscotland.org

Sunday 15 November
2.30 – 7.00pm

Choral workshop & Evensong
Alistair Warwick
St Peter's Church, Peebles

Saturday 28 November
4.00pm

RSCM Scottish Voices Choral Evensong
Frikki Walker
St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh

Music is expected to include:
Introit: Hear my Prayer – Purcell
Responses: Sanders
Canticles: Blair in B minor
Anthem: Hail Gladdening Light – Wood

Saturday 5 December
2.30pm

Barnard in Glasgow
(an event organised by The Glasgow Society of Organists to which RSCM members are invited)
John Barnard
Pollockshields Parish Church, Glasgow

The Glasgow Society of Organists has invited John Barnard to do a presentation on the RSCM publication Season by Season on Saturday, December 5th at Pollockshields Parish Church at 1430. This session follows on from one he did last year on The Carol Book, another RSCM publication. This is a good opportunity to meet John, who co-edited both collections, and to try some of the items contained in Season by Season.

2008

Saturday
1 November
2.00pm

Dunblane Singing Day
Alistair Warwick and Matthew Beetschen

St Mary's Church, Dunblane

Following last year's successful event in Perth, we are returning to Dunblane – this time to the Episcopal Church: St Mary's.

Fee: none, but donations to the work of RSCM Scotland gratefully received

Timetable:
1.30pm Arrivals
2.00pm (prompt) Rehearsal (followed by refreshments)
5.00pm Service

Sunday
21 September
2:45pm

Exploring Music, Ministry and Worship
for clergy, musicians and worship leaders of all churches
Alistair Warwick and Patricia Lynch
Dunblane Cathedral Hall

Interested in exploring what worship is about? Why we use music in worship? This event will enable us to look at a number of issues to do with worship: What are we doing when we worship? What is the role of music in worship? What is my role as a musician or worship leader?

The day is designed for anyone interested in these issues (including clergy, musicians and worship leaders).

Sunday
21 September
6.00pm

Plainsong Workshop and Compline for adults and young people
Patricia Lynch and Alistair Warwick
Dunblane Cathedral

Saturday - Sunday
2-3 August

RSCM Scottish Voices residential

inaugural residential rehearsal weekend
Strathallan School, near Perth
(see RSCM Scottish Voices section of this website for more information)

Monday –
Thursday
14-17 July

Dunblane Singing Break
Gordon Appleton, Matthew Beetschen, Chris Broughton
Dunblane: Scottish Churches House and the Cathedral

Price: £237 (£285 non-members)
Non-residential price: £164 (£210 non-members)

This course is organised by RSCM Scotland in partnership with Scottish Churches House

Saturday
21 June

Young Voices Festival
Matthew Beetschen
Dunblane Cathedral

Saturday
7 June
14:30 - 17:00

Choral event in St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow

Frikki Walker

Saturday
31 May

2pm

Preparation for Awards

Matthew Beetschen
St Saviour's, Bridge of Allan

For those thinking about taking the RSCM Bronze or Silver Awards

Also useful if you are considering membership of RSCM Scottish Voices, as it will both demonstrate the standards expected, as well as serving as a practice audition

Sunday
27 April
14:30 - 19:45

Choral Evensong in St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen

Andrew Morrisson and Alistair Warwick

Music includes:

  • Purcell Hear my prayer (4-part version)

  • Brewer Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in D

  • Psalms 12 and 122 from The Parish Psalter

Saturday
29 March
14:30 - 17:00

The Big Sing!

Matthew Beetschen and Morley Whitehead
Morningside Parish Church, Edinburgh

A shared event with the Edinburgh Society of Organists

Saturday
15 March

Voice for Life – using your voice well

Frikki Walker and Drummond McNicol

St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow

Sunday
3 February

Plainsong Workshop and Compline for adults and young people
Patricia Lynch
St Peter's Episcopal Church, Lutton Place, Edinburgh (map)

Following the very successful 2007 event, this is another workshop on plainsong chanting – for beginners and singers who already have some experience of chant. Adults and young people are welcome to attend. The afternoon will prepare for and finish with the beautiful service of Compline (Night Prayer) sung to simple chant melodies.

Congregation members welcome to attend the service at 6.30pm (and to learn the music at 6pm).

2007

Saturday
3 November
1400–1830

"Dunblane" Singing Day for everyone
Richard Walmsley
St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth
Fee: none, but donations to the work of RSCM Scotland gratefully received

Timetable:
1.30pm Arrivals
2.00pm (prompt) Rehearsal (followed by refreshments)
5.00pm Service of Choral Evensong

Saturday
22 September
1400–1600

Voice for Life workshop for adults (16 +) and choir trainers
Nicola Corbishley and Drummond McNicol
Giffnock United Reform Church, Glasgow
Fee: £5 for members; £8 for non-members. Pay by 7 September for a £1 discount

Introduction to the Voice for Life scheme and training in vocal production and breath control.

Mon–Thurs
16–19 July

Dunblane Singing Break for adults
Gordon Appleton and Matthew Beetschen
Scottish Churches House and the Cathedral

Saturday
16 June
1400–1600

Young choristers workshop (7–16)
Nicola Corbishley and Sheila Robertson
St Cuthbert’s, Colinton, Edinburgh
Choir trainers welcome
Fee: £4 for members and £7 for non-members

Saturday
9 June
1400–1700

Young Voices Festival
Matthew Beetschen
Dunblane Cathedral
Fee: donation

More details can be found here

Sunday
29 April
1330–1530

Exploring Music, Ministry and Worship
for clergy, musicians and worship leaders of all churches
Alistair Warwick
St Peter's Church, Lutton Place, Edinburgh EH8 9PE (map)
Fee: £5/£7 with £1 discount if booked by 13 April

Interested in exploring what worship is about? Why we use music in worship? This event will enable us to look at a number of issues to do with worship: What are we doing when we worship? What is the role of music in worship? What is my role as a musician or worship leader?

The afternoon is designed for anyone interested in these issues (including clergy, musicians and worship leaders).

Sunday
29 April
1600–1900

Plainsong Workshop and Compline for adults and young people
Alistair Warwick and Pat Lynch
St Peter's Church, Lutton Place, Edinburgh EH8 9PE (map)
Fee: donation

This is a workshop on plainsong chanting – for beginners and singers who already have some experience of chant. Adults and young people are welcome to attend. The afternoon will prepare for and finish with the beautiful service of Compline (Night Prayer) sung to simple chant melodies.

Congregation members welcome to attend the service at 6.30pm (and to learn the music at 6pm).

Sunday
11 March
1500–1800

Anglican Chant Workshop and Evensong at St Adrian’s Church, Sandy Loan, Gullane
Pat Lynch and Drummond McNicol
Fee: donation
Congregation members welcome to attend the service at 1700

2006

Saturday
4 November

RSCM Scotland Triennial Festival 2006

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RSCM Scottish Voices (adults)

Founded in the summer of 2008, RSCM Scottish Voices is a self-financing adult choir that aims to draw together some of the most accomplished and experienced church musicians in Scotland to perform six times a year in a variety of cathedrals, abbeys and prominent churches around the country, in addition to which there is an annual summer residential rehearsal weekend.  Full details of the choir's repertoire and places visited can be found on the RSCM Scottish Voices website.

Musical Director

The Musical Director of RSCM Scottish Voices, Frikki Walker, Director of Music at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow, is an inspiring musician who has been awarded Associate of the RSCM (ARSCM) in recognition of his work in music and liturgy in Scotland.

Joining RSCM Scottish Voices

The choir currently has some vacancies for singers, so if you are aged 18 or over, are resident in Scotland, have experience in church choral singing, and would like to be considered for an audition or would like more information, please contact Gary Young, the choir administrator, at scottishvoices(at)rscmscotland.org for an application form.

Holders of RSCM Bronze, Silver or Gold awards need not audition, but should contact the administrator for further details.

Subscriptions

Currently subscriptions for RSCM Scottish Voices are £30 per year, plus a £7 fee payable on the day at each event. The cost of the residential rehearsal weekend is dependant on venue.

Forthcoming dates 2014

see RSCM Scottish Voices website for complete details

  • Saturday 6th September 2014
  • Saturday 4th October 2014
  • Saturday 1st November 2014
Forthcoming dates 2015
  • Saturday 17th January 2015
  • Saturday 7th March 2015
  • Saturday 9th May 2015
  • Saturday 6th June 2015
  • Friday 7th to Sunday 9th August 2015
  • Saturday 5th September 2015
  • Saturday 3rd October 2015
  • Saturday 14th November 2015

Young Scottish Voices

Following the highly successful Young Voices Festivals in Dunblane. Glasgow and Haddington, a new choir for young voices was formed in 2013.

RSCM Young Scottish Voices is open to boys (unchanged voices) and girls aged 9 to 15 (9 to 18 from January 2015).

The intention is to form the highest possible quality training choir helping to develop a new generation of singers, performing challenging repertory in high-profile venues.

However, and this is just as important, it provides an opportunity for them to meet other like-minded young people and gain a network of peer support for their singing activities.

Above all, the choir is lots of fun for all concerned.

The director is currently Matthew Beetschen, organist of Dunblane Cathedral, who has extensive experience in working with young people. From January 2015 he will be succeeded by Frikki Walker, Director of the adult RSCM Scottish Voices.

Events for 2015

  • 21st Feb 2015
  • 21st March 2015
  • 16th May 2015  Rehearsal for Triennial on 6th June (Glasgow)
  • 6th June 2015  Glasgow (RSCM Scotland Triennial Festival – joint event with RSCM Scottish Voices)
  • 19th Sept 2015 Dundee
  • 14th Nov 2015 - JOINT event with RSCM Scottish Voices

Please contact Sue Gardner (youngscottishvoices(at)rscmscotland.org) for more details.

St Andrew's Awards

Since the launch of the revised St Andrew's Awards in Summer 2004, there have been many successful entries, by children and adults.

These RSCM-validated awards complement the Voice for Life programme through formal examination:

  • The Bronze award (this normally follows successful completion of Voice for Life light blue and dark blue levels)
  • The Silver award (this normally follows successful completion of Voice for Life red level)
  • (The Gold award, which normally follows successful completion of Voice for Life yellow level, is administered by the RSCM centrally.)

These awards are consistent with other singing awards from the RSCM internationally and supersede the previous single award. Although a pass at the old St Andrew's Award examination is roughly equivalent to a pass at Silver level, you will need to pass the Silver exam before doing Gold, as the syllabus is more extensive, and the structure of the Silver exam is an important preparatory step to Gold.

Examinations

Each award has its own syllabus and regulations. These come complete with guidelines to help prepare the candidate and the choir trainer for the standard expected during the examination.

Examinations are normally held in May and November each year; however, they may also be held at other times (during the Dunblane Singing Break, for example).

Successful singers will be presented with a certificate or medal at a national or regional event. Those from robed choirs are entitled to wear a prestigious medal cast in the appropriately coloured metal (bronze, silver or gold) which 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 Burgundy ribbon.

Examiners for the awards have attended in-service training and validation meetings, to ensure that the level of marking is consistent and fair across the RSCM international network.

Syllabus and Application Form

How you can support us

Membership of the RSCM is an investment in the future of church music. The support of our members enables us to offer education and training courses, published resources, and activities for all those involved in music in worship. We believe that church music is important – and that we need to invest in it not only for the present, but also for the future.

We invite you to join us and help us to do even more to serve the Church and to encourage good music everywhere.

  • your church or community choir can affiliate to the RSCM
  • you can become an individual member
  • you can become a Friend of the RSCM

Affiliate / Individual Member

If you become an affiliate or an individual member, in addition to supporting our work, you will receive a number of membership benefits. More details can be found on the main RSCM website.

Friend of the RSCM

If you want to support us in our work but do not wish to become a full Individual Member, you can become a Friend of the RSCM.

As a Friend you will receive Church Music Quarterly and the RSCM Newsletter each quarter to keep you informed as to what we are doing. Friends also receive The Network which gives details of locally-organised events. Many Friends support our work further by organising fund-raising activities.

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