Church Choir Award enriches local music-making

£30,000 invested in seven places of worship, enhancing choral and organ music across the UK.

The Church Choir Award, in partnership with the Cathedral Music Trust (CMT), recognises outstanding music-making in places of worship across the UK giving choirs the opportunity to enhance their impact. The award is designed to support choirs which sing less frequently than the choral foundations usually supported by the the Cathedral Music Trust’s main grant programme.

Thanks to the generosity of the CMT’s Friends & Patrons, this year’s grants support a range of initiatives including provision for changing voices, choral scholarships and outreach work in schools and communities across both the Anglican and Roman traditions. Alongside financial support from CMT, all seven choirs below will also benefit from a year’s group membership of the RSCM and access to our groundbreaking Voice for Life® Digital resources.

2023 Recipients 

St Thomas-on-the-Bourne, Farnham

St Mary’s Cathedral, Aberdeen

St George’s Cathedral, Southwark

St Patrick’s Church, Huddersfield

St Alphege Church, Solihull

Holy Trinity Church, Coventry

All Saints’, Leamington Spa

Hugh Morris, Director of the RSCM, said: “Choirs are an important part of the rich tapestry of church music, and sustaining their contribution to worship is important. We are delighted to offer all seven Church Choir Award holders one year’s group membership of the RSCM and access to RSCM’s interactive digital version of Voice for Life®, our acclaimed choir training programme. Access to these high-quality resources, together with funding from the Cathedral Music Trust, will support these churches as they enact innovative plans to enable church music to flourish.”

Jonathan Macdonald, Chair of the Cathedral Music Trust, writes: “Thanks once again to the generosity of our supporters, we are delighted to be investing in more places of worship across the UK through the Church Choir Award. Music plays a vital part in a thriving church, and we are committed to supporting its excellence at all levels. By working with the RSCM, we look forward to transforming more lives through sacred choral and organ music, and enriching worship in local communities.

Congratulations to all this year’s recipients.

To read more about the awards and the recipients click here