'Reform and Renewal' workshop for singers

Around thirty singers gathered at St. John’s church in Harpenden on Saturday 23rd September for an afternoon exploring the new RSCM Reform and Renewal book.

This volume contains a wealth of material suitable for choirs of all ability ranges, and various suggestions of how these can be woven into an act of worship, as well as being used singly.




Ably directed by Chris Muhley and Marie Price, with accompaniments from Roger Carter and Nicholas King, much of the repertoire of the book was sung through, ranging from plainsong and Renaissance through to more contemporary offerings, including an attractively approachable setting of the evening canticles commissioned from Malcolm Archer for the book, and the more challenging fare of a setting of the Jubilate by William Mathias.  The emphasis was very much on becoming familiar with the contents of the book rather than on detailed rehearsal.


After a break for tea, a short act of worship took place, led with sensitivity by James Reveley, drawing on some of the items which had been looked at during the afternoon – and one which had not been, just to keep everyone on their toes.

We were very encouraged by the very positive spirit of the occasion, expressed in many warm comments on the feedback forms.  The stock of several dozen spare books which had been brought along sold out as participants purchased sets to take back to their choirs.



Our grateful thanks to Roger Carter for hosting the event, and to all who supported the afternoon.  Those who were not there missed a good occasion, which we shall seek to repeat in our future programme.

Nicholas King