Updates (June 2018) to the Awards page, showing the list of successful candidates.

Feedback from Instrumental Workshop at Bedford

There was a strong level of 16 feedback forms from 21 participants at the Bedford Instrumental Workshop led by Miles Quick.All were positive.

The central venue in Bedford was a distinct plus point, though it gave rise to parking problems, and some participants felt that the display screen could have been positioned better.

It was also noted that there had been an appreciable number of observers present from the host church.

We are encouraged by the outcome of this venture, and will hope to mount a similar occasion in a different part of our area in our forward programme.

Feedback from Regional Evensong at Leverstock Green

We received 8 feedback forms from 26 participants at the Leverstock Green Regional Evensong – a rather disappointing response.

All of these were positive, except for some reservations about inadequate rehearsal time for the anthem.  There was especial approval for the cost of the event (including the music book, which will be used again at the Area Choirs Festival in October).

One respondent suggested that the singers should have turned to face the congregation.  A fair point, though there would have been serious issues of sightlines (already indirect through two mirrors) with the organ, and might raise questions about converting an act of worship into a concert.


Feedback from Reform & Renewal event at Harpenden

We were pleased to receive 20 feedback forms from the event at Harpenden on 23rd September, representing two-thirds of the participants.  The overall nature of responses was very encouraging.  Here are the highlights.

What do you think of the idea of workshop days?

All responses were favourable, some in very positive terms.  Several people mentioned that it was good to sing with others, and to have a taste of new repertoire.


How did you find out about today’s event?

The majority had heard by e-mail and our web-site; a smaller number by word of mouth, just two on Facebook.  None mentioned Twitter or the flyer.


What did you think of the organization before and on the day?

Almost all responses were positive, including mention of on-line booking.  Easy enrolment and the welcoming atmosphere were also mentioned.  The possibility of paying by Paypal was suggested.


What did you think of the choice of this workshop?

Again positive responses, including “huge fun”, “varied and interesting”, the use of new music (“varied” and “challenging”), good location, linking in with a new publication.


What did you think of the cost?

All respondents felt the occasion was good value, especially as it included the cost of the music book.  Several indicated that they would have been prepared to pay more.


Would you attend a similar event in future?  How often should we run them?

 All but one said “yes”, with proposals ranging from annual to quarterly.  Some indicated that this would depend on travel time to the venue, which they appreciated would differ from one occasion to another.


What other events would you like us to run?

There was a much more mixed bag of suggestions here, including some which we already offer (!) such as Regional Evensongs.  No single proposal attracted a significant vote, but Committee is taking all the suggestions on board and considering which may be more viable and attractive.


Any other comments?

Comments here were appreciative, coupled with regret that not more people had supported the event.  Again there were some isolated specific reactions which Committee will bear in mind when planning future events.


Your role/age range of participant

The entire attendance was adult, all but two of whom confessed to being 50 or older.  Only one participant declared as a choir leader and one as an organist; all others were as choristers/singers.


Would you be interested in becoming more involved with the work of your RSCM area?

 Disappointingly, there were no positive responses here.


We intend to provide feedback forms as an integral part of all future events.  They are very useful as an indicator to your Committee and as a guide to future planning, and we shall report back on their content.

Committee News

RSCM Council has now confirmed the substantive appointments of Marie Price as Area Chairman and Nicholas King as Area Secretary. We are grateful to Roger Carter for having held the fort as Acting Chairman over the past few months. Rosemary Knight has taken over as Publicity Officer following the departure of Andy Benoy to Devon. Your new officers are now getting their feet under the table, and will welcome feedback on any aspect of our work. Roger Carter remains as Safeguarding Officer, Nicholas King as Awards Officer, Peter Garner as Treasurer and James Reveley as clergy representative.