RSCM Celebration Day 2022

Saturday 8 October
Winchester Cathedral

Celebration Day is our annual opportunity to celebrate and give thanks for the work of the RSCM and to present our Honorary Awards.

This year’s service will combine with the Winchester Area Festival. Directed by the Cathedral’s Andrew Lumsden, the combined voices will join together to sing Evensong and and share in this celebration of the work of all our honorands, church musicians generally and the work of the RSCM.

As well as the RSCM Choirs, members and supporters within the Winchester Area, we are extending our invitation to all those who enjoy Evensong to sing with us as part of the combined choir or in the congregation.

The music is all contained within the RSCM Festival Evensong 2022 choral book (titled In our Service) which can be purchased from our webshop here. Members will receive their usual discount but this event is open to all singers.

Music includes:

  • In our Service (Thomas Hewitt Jones)
  • Evening Service in C (Charles Villiers Stanford)
  • Preces and Responses (Joanna Forbes L’Estrange)

You are encouraged to attend one of the rehearsals in Hook or Lymington (  and to learn the music in advance as rehearsal time on the day will be short. Click here for useful rehearsal tracks.

2.00pm Rehearsal
4.15pm Break
5.00pm Rehearsal
5.30pm Service
6.40pm Approx. finish time

RSCM Lecture
From Hedgerow to Pew:
Vaughan Williams and the English Hymnal

As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, join the RSCM to find out more about his pivotal role in the formation of the English Hymnal.

RVW revolutionised hymnody in early-20th century England. Initially against his better judgment, but later with all the fervour of a convert, the agnostic Vaughan Williams set about introducing folk song into the 1906 English Hymnal. This revolutionary hymnal was the brainchild of Rev. Percy Dearmer, who wanted to rid the Anglican church of turgid 19th-century hymn tunes and felt that Vaughan Williams (then in his very early 30s) was the musician to help him. After the lengthy project had been concluded, Vaughan Williams admitted that his work on the English Hymnal had been ‘a better musical education than any amount of sonatas and fugues’. Crucially, it was tunes that Vaughan Williams discovered in the preparation of the English Hymnal that inspired the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910), Dives & Lazarus (1939), and passages of the opera The Pilgrim’s Progress (1951).

Find out more about Celebrating Ralph Vaughan Williams’ contribution to church music. We have put together special resources, including a hymn pack, to help you celebrate in your church in October, which you can download by clicking on the logo below.

Jeremy Summerly is founder-conductor of the Oxford Camerata, with whom he has made almost 50 commercial recordings. He is the Director of Music at St Luke’s, Chelsea and the Musical Director of the Mayfield Festival of Music & the Arts in East Sussex. He is currently Visiting Professor of Music History at London’s Gresham College and for the last 30 years he has broadcast on a broad range of musical subjects for BBC Radios 3 & 4. For many years he was Head of Academic Studies at the Royal Academy of Music, then Director of Music at St Peter’s College, Oxford, and he now teaches harmony and counterpoint at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. He is the proud owner of a 58½ ft narrow boat, which he moves around London and the south Midlands with the help of his wife and daughter.