RSCM Voices (South)

*NOW RECRUITING*

Please contact voicessouth@rscm.com for further details.

The RSCM Voices (South) choir evolved from Southern Cathedral Singers, and sings services and concerts and undertakes training and learning opportunities to a very high musical standard in cathedrals, major churches and other venues across the southern half of England, directed by Scott Farrell (Director of Music, Rochester Cathedral).

Rather than being one fixed group, RSCM Voices (South) draws from a pool of auditioned members for each of its musical commitments. The choir may sing as a full mixed choir, men, upper voices or as a chamber choir. Configuration of the choir for each of its performance opportunities may be dictated by availability, venue and so forth.

Female sopranos are particularly encouraged to apply.

Events generally take place on Saturdays and during holidays.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from previous members of RSCM Voices (South) and from new singers who already have some experience in their choirs and promising vocal quality to offer. They should be either members of RSCM affiliated churches or schools or subscribing Friends and Members (Individual or Student) of the RSCM.

Those beginning to prepare seriously for RSCM Bronze standard assessment are likely to be at the right level to begin singing with RSCM Voices (South).

All singers must first comply with the RSCM’s Safeguarding procedures.

How do we apply?

You can download the application form here and send it by email to voicessouth@rscm.com or post to:

Andrew Robson
Administrator
RSCM Voices South
19 The Close
Salisbury
SP1 2EB

Annual subscriptions

RSCM Voices (South) subscription rates are as follows:
Adult: £36
Concessions:
Individual/Student RSCM members receive a 25% discount: £27. If more than one family member is joining the choir there is a 50% discount (on the full price) for second person, ie.: £18.

Bursaries

Bursary details are available from the Administrator, Andrew Robson at voicessouth@rscm.com.

Auditions?

When you have submitted your application form (including your availability) you will begin to receive emails with invitations to various events. The choir’s Director will audition new members individually at some point during those events which are early in the season (eg the Choral Workshops and Training Days). You should obtain and bring along the full music programme for the day, as advertised, and be prepared to join in all rehearsals and the final performance. The dress code for Workshops and Training Days is ‘casual’, but for all other events please bring your choir robes as usually worn and black shoes.

Previous members are expected to re-audition on a rolling 3-year basis, and the arrangements for these auditions will included in the invitations for individual events.

During auditions we are not looking for perfection first time, but rather for enthusiasm and the ability to learn quickly. In all applicants, we would expect to see a willingness to work together as a team and to strive for the highest standards of choral singing as represented by the RSCM.

Audition content:

  • Prepared piece – an anthem/song of your own choice from the RSCM Silver Award syllabus
  • Vocal exercises
  • Sight reading
  • Text reading
  • Technical questions (at the level required for Silver Award)

How do we obtain the music we need?

You can order all the pieces you need now from RSCM Music Direct on 0845 021 7726 or musicdirect@rscm.com (our qualified sales advisor is Matthew Wright).

Go to RSCM Music Direct online shop

Should you have any problems please email voicessouth@rscm.com

Dates of events 2017/2018

Date Venue Event
9 September Rochester Cathedral Evensong
7 October Christchurch Priory Evensong
25 November Holy Trinity, Rothwell Advent Carols
6 January Guildford Cathedral Eucharist
24 February Peterborough Cathedral Evensong
3 March Portsmouth Cathedral Evensong
14 April Westminster Cathedral Mass
19 May Norwich Cathedral
9 June St Stephen’s, Westminster Rehearsal Day
28/29 July Rochester Cathedral

Programme dates can be found in The Network, and full details will be sent to all applicants.