RSCM International Chorister Day 2021
RSCM International Chorister Day (Sunday 19th September this year) is a celebration of the amazing opportunities that being a chorister provides, at all levels from our great cathedrals to small parish churches.
Becoming a chorister is the start of a lifelong journey. It means gaining singing skills and a musical education, and inspires a love of choral music.
It doesn’t mean that you will go on to become a professional musician – most choristers do not. But the skills you gain are valuable ones and transfer to a huge range of other disciplines and settings. Many ex-choristers who have gone on to be successful in a whole range of jobs can specifically point to the important part being part of a church choir played in getting them to where they are today.
Why have an International Chorister Day?
International Chorister Day is a way of showcasing what it means to be a chorister. It’s a way of encouraging children to come along and try it out. It acts as a way of connecting young people with each other and with the life-enhancing, life-changing experiences available near to where they – you – live. It also shows you how you can take the next steps on the journey.
The chorister tradition is a living one, envied across the world. But like anything, if you take it for granted it will wither and fall away. People love the sound of choristers singing, and the way in which they bring worship in church alive. Choirs need a supply of fresh, new voices to become part of the next generation. It is vital to invest in that living tradition; and this is what the RSCM is encouraging today.
It’s not a single day but a series of linked events
RSCM International Chorister Day is on Sunday 19th September. That’s when there will be a series of chorister experience events across the UK, and indeed across the world.
But it’s more than that. There are events leading up to it to show choirs how to make the most of this opportunity. And there are follow-on courses the RSCM is planning which will provide inspiring next-step encounters for all those whose interest has been sparked by their attendance at an ICD event (and for other choristers, too!)
Launch Webinar: An Evening with Laura Wright
Laura Wright, star soprano, is a face and a voice who is widely known and loved. Apart from her career as a recording artist, she has sung live to huge crowds at international sporting fixtures, and has sung a wide range of music from classical to pop.
But Laura’s background was as a chorister, winning Chorister of the Year at the age of 14.
Join her for an entertaining evening as she is interviewed by Simon Lole, who has enjoyed a wide-ranging music career as composer, arranger, cathedral director of music, and himself an ex-chorister.
Between them they have many inspiring tales to tell!
Sing My Soul: A webinar with the Director
If you are a choir trainer who works with young choristers in their choir, and are always wanting there to be more of them and for there to be more help in training and developing and retaining them, then this webinar is for you.
RSCM Director, Hugh Morris, looks at the resources for RSCM International Chorister Day (September 19th) and shows how you can use and adapt them locally to support your own work. This is a great opportunity to grow and refresh your choir, and build for the future.
There will be ideas, practical tips and advice; and the webinar will include a special preview of our exciting new RSCM resource currently in production: Voice for Life Digital.
International Chorister Day is a catalyst to encourage more young people to express their soul through singing; an opportunity not to be missed.