International Summer School

Date: Monday 5 – Sunday 11 August 2019
Venue: Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Ditchingham NR35 2DZ
Booking deadline: Friday 12 April 2019

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A wonderful week experiencing worship through music from the 14th to the 21st century, with excellent tuition from inspirational leaders. A pilgrimage theme runs through the week, so we shall visit and sing in amazing buildings guided by musical and liturgical specialists. We are offering a comfortable, homely residential base in the countryside about 30 minutes’ drive from Norwich; opportunity to meet and learn from composers Cecilia McDowall and Joel Payne in person; adequate time for learning on-site in pleasant, bright rooms; cathedral choral worship shared with the RSCM’s top youth choir, the MYC; fellowship and friendship with like-minded people from around the world.  

A specialist team of seven RSCM tutors, including Helen Bent who will lead the pilgrimage day by coach to the East Anglian Angel-roof and other (historically) significant churches, will be available to offer really useful advice and workshops.  There will be options for topic-choices, and at all times you would have the freedom to opt in or out of the programme according to your choice. Practical topics will include conducting, organ-playing, band-leading skills, vocal coaching, composition/arrangement, good working practices for church musicians, and how to teach musical literacy. Debates and forum opportunities will happen in the evenings and the days will begin and end with worship in a wide variety of styles.

Highlights for each day include…

Monday – keynote speech by the Director; illustrated talk by Jon Cannon, expert on the medieval period, to set context for excursions later in the week

Tuesday – day in Norwich; organ masterclass; shrine of Mother Julian; visit to both cathedrals; devotional ecumenical service; Cecilia McDowall (composer) and Joel Payne (songwriter) join us this evening

Wednesday – workshops based at Belsey Bridge; Silas Wollston joins us to coach Early repertoire

Thursday – all-day excursion visiting the angel-roof churches, led by Revd Helen Bent and Silas Wollston

Friday – conducting masterclass with Adrian Lucas and the Millennium Youth Choir; visit to the Red House (Britten) and Evensong at local church

Saturday – optional free day or excursions including Walsingham/Norwich; small-churches event led by Miles Quick and Rosemary Field; gala dinner

Sunday – Choral Eucharist at Norwich Cathedral shared with MYC

Please note that all content is subject to change.

  RSCM Member Non-member
Residential en-suite EARLY BIRD (limited availability) **SOLD OUT** £750 n/a
Residential non-en-suite EARLY BIRD (limited availability) £660 n/a
Residential en-suite £830 £1040
Residential non-en-suite £740 £950
Non-residential (full week) £440 £530
Single day tickets (Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri) £75 per day £75 per day

To take advantage of the discounted prices, why not become a member?

RSCM member tickets are available to UK Individual/Student members, and members of affiliated churches/choirs. They are also available to anyone who is a member of one of the overseas branches of the RSCM (as defined by the relevant branch). We reserve the right to check membership status with the relevant body before confirming the place.

What does the cost include?

Residential tickets include all tuition and resources featured in the timetable plus accommodation for the week (en-suite or non-en-suite, depending on your preference and availability) and meals taken in Belsey Bridge and on some excursions. Meals taken when ‘out-and-about’, away from Belsey Bridge, are not included in the ticket cost as it will be easier for you to make your own arrangements. Non-residential tickets (week tickets and day tickets) include all tutorial aspects between the stated times, coach travel from Belsey Bridge to/from excursion venues and any admission charges. Apart from dinner on Friday, no food is included, but lunch and dinner bookings when meals are taken at Belsey Bridge can be negotiated separately.

What are the accommodation options?

Both en-suite and non-en-suite rooms are available, and prices are per person. Have a look at the Belsey Bridge website for more information and photos.

How do I get to Belsey Bridge?

There is plenty of parking space if you are coming by car. Belsey Bridge is about 12 miles from Norwich so we will be arranging a minibus shuttle from the train station on Monday morning. The ISS ends after the Eucharist in Norwich Cathedral on Sunday and the station is about 15 minutes’ walk away. There are direct flights to Norwich International Airport from Amsterdam if it makes sense to change there rather than fly into one of the London airports.

Is there any financial support available?

A limited number of bursaries are available to RSCM members who are unable to afford the full cost of attending and who fulfil certain criteria. Please email for more details.

Terms and Conditions apply to this course as follows:

•  All fees are payable in pounds sterling.
•  Fees are subject to change only in the event of circumstances beyond the control of the RSCM, including changes in taxation and exceptional surcharges imposed by suppliers.
•  A deposit of 20% of the full fee is required on booking.
•  Deposits are non-refundable (except in the event of the course being cancelled by the RSCM), and cover administration costs.
•  The balance of the full fee is due 10 weeks before the start of all courses, except where stated otherwise. After these dates, the RSCM reserves the right to re-allocate any places for which the fee has not been paid in full. In the event of cancellation by the applicant:
– more than the stated number of weeks before the start of the course, amounts paid in advance, except for the deposit, will be refunded.
– less than the stated number of weeks before the start of the course a partial refund will be considered if the place can be re-allocated.
•  In the case of cancellation by the RSCM, fees paid will be refunded in full.
•  The RSCM cannot take responsibility for other costs incurred when the place is cancelled whether by the applicant or by the RSCM. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you take out your own travel insurance.
•  The RSCM reserves the right at any stage to refuse an application without stating the reason.
•  If a tutor or lecturer is absent, the RSCM will provide a suitable replacement.
•  The RSCM reserves the right to alter other features of the course, including venues and facilities.
•  You must notify the RSCM of any special access, mobility, medical or dietary requirements when you first book to attend if these will affect your ability to participate fully. The RSCM will endeavour to help where possible.
•  All adults on residential courses with under 18s will need to comply with the RSCM’s Safeguarding policy and procedures.
•  Any dependent adult student must be assisted by a full-time carer paying their own costs. The RSCM is unable to accept responsibility for the supervision of dependent adults in the care of students attending courses.
•  Pets are not allowed. It may be possible to accommodate assistance dogs if advised in advance.