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Welcome to RSCM St Albans, Hertford and Bedford Area

We have received notification from the RSCM Central Office that, further to the Government’s latest advice, and that of churches and church leaders including the Archbishops of the Church of England, all RSCM live events and courses will not be happening for now.  We did however hold a Virtual Choral Evensong on July 26th and a Virtual Area Choirs Festival on October 17th – details under Recent Events. We wish all our local members well at this difficult time and look forward to resuming our activities in the not too distant future.

Our Mission – The Royal School of Church Music (often referred to as the RSCM) is a worldwide charity dedicated to promoting music in every style of Christian worship and every denomination. Its motto is ‘to sing with the spirit and the understanding also’ and this points to its dual role of encouraging musicians and raising standards. The RSCM now numbers over 11,000 members and affiliates worldwide, whose common belief is that Christian worship is enriched by good music, used effectively. Members are offered support and guidance through local and national events and publications.

Awards – The Dean’s and Bishop’s Chorister Awards Scheme is open to singers of all ages. Through this scheme many choristers have been encouraged and rewarded for their skill, talent and commitment. It is designed to fit in with the overall RSCM Voice for Life Chorister Training Scheme and further details can be found on the page especially devoted to awards.

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Local Voluntary Networks – A significant amount of RSCM work is carried out through local voluntary networks, which are based on geographical location, broadly centred on Anglican Cathedrals. The St Albans, Hertford and Bedford Area is one such region, and events here may take place as far afield as Bedford, Hertford and Watford, for example, as well as in St Albans Abbey, which offers a dramatic setting for large-scale choirs festivals.

Hertfordshire Music Service – We are part of the Hertfordshire Music Education Hub which promotes all kinds of music for children and young people in the county. For more information visit the Hertfordshire Music Service website.

Programme of events – A programme of events is organised throughout the Area for organists, choir trainers and singers of all ages and experience. Details of these are published on this website, which is updated regularly.


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