RSCM Voices West

*NOW RECRUITING*

Please contact voiceswest@rscm.com for further details.

The RSCM Voices (West) choir sings services and undertakes training and learning opportunities to a very high musical standard in cathedrals, major churches and other venues across the West of England and Wales.

Events generally take place on Saturdays and during holidays.

Upcoming Events

2017

23 September – Brecon Cathedral

21 October – Wroughton (Rehearsal Day)

25 November – St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol

2018

6 January – Malvern Priory

17 February – Wells Cathedral

10 March – TBC

14 April – Bath Abbey

(Monday) 7 May – Salisbury Cathedral

2 June – Gloucester Cathedral

7 July – Worcester Cathedral

Director

Voices West are pleased to announce that George Castle has been appointed to direct the choir from this season. George is Assistant Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral.

Joining the choir

Auditions will be arranged individually as required. Adults of all voice parts, who are of approximately RSCM Silver standard, are welcome to apply. They should be either members of RSCM affiliated churches or schools or subscribing Friends and Members (Individual or Student) of the RSCM. 

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

New members hoping to join VW can download the application form here and email to voiceswest@rscm.com, or post to:

Jon Weller
Administrator
RSCM Voices West
19 The Close
Salisbury
SP1 2EB

Annual Subscriptions

RSCM Voices (West) subscription rates are as follows:
Adult: £36

Bursary details are available from the Administrator, Jon Weller, at voiceswest@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. 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, but the RSCM reserves the right to request a re-audition at any time.

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)

Music

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 voiceswest@rscm.com.