In order to support the choir trainer and affirm the Voice for Life levels achieved within the choir, the RSCM provides a parallel system of awards (Bronze, Silver and Gold) assessed in a formal exam.
In some RSCM Areas the Bronze and Silver Awards are called Dean’s and Bishop’s Awards.
Successful candidates are entitled to wear a prestigious medal cast in the appropriately coloured metal (bronze, silver or gold). These are worn on distinctive ribbons: Bronze with a green ribbon, Silver with a purple ribbon and Gold with a dark red ribbon.
Bronze and Silver exam sessions are administered locally. Check ‘local exam information’ on your RSCM Area page for details of sessions and entry.
Gold award is administered centrally. Exams take place in June and November each year, with entry deadlines of 1 May and 1 October respectively. See the Gold award page for more information.
Contact your local branch for information.
Voice for Life trains and prepares candidates for the awards. Light Blue and Dark Blue help a candidate prepare for their Bronze award, Red for the Silver award, and Yellow for the Gold award.
Likewise, the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards affirm the Voice for Life levels that have been awarded informally by the choir trainer.
That’s fine! Voice for Life can be used on its own to provide training and motivation to singers within a choir. There is no need to take the awards if your singer is unhappy about undertaking such formal assessments.
Candidates for Bronze and Silver awards should find answers to most of their questions here:
FAQs about Bronze and Silver awards
Those preparing for the Silver award may find this helpful:
Source notes on Silver award Section E