Goodbye Lord Gill
We are very sad to say goodbye to the Rt Hon Lord Brian Gill, who has been Chairman of the RSCM since 2010 and who retires this summer.
Brian Gill has been incredibly active in church music since his school days. He served for more than 30 years as organist and choirmaster of St Columba’s RC Church, Edinburgh. From 1997 to 2006, he was also a governor and Chairman of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
With many years’ experience of church choirs and congregational singing at ‘grass roots level’, Brian has significant knowledge, skills and understanding in how the RSCM operates. Combined with a legal career that took him to the highest level of the profession in Scotland, his unique blend of experience has influenced and driven areas of significant change for the RSCM over the last eight years.
Specifically, his vision of ‘extending the RSCM’s reach among the Christian denominations’, ‘collaborations with other bodies’ and ‘helping churches that have limited or no resources’ has been successfully realised and achieved at the RSCM and continues to be a strategic priority.
During his Chairmanship, the roles of Head of Ministerial Training, Head of Congregational and Instrumental Music and Head of Choral Studies were created to lead the RSCM’s three key areas of educational output to widen the breadth of our service delivery.
Lord Gill’s significant contribution to the RSCM will be sorely missed, however, he looks forward to seeing the RSCM develop and flourish under new Director, Hugh Morris, who takes up his post in August 2018.