Music Sunday — 14th June 2020
Thank you for joining us in celebrating the role of music and musicians in church life

A huge thank you to the nearly 2,000 of you who joined the Big Music Sunday Service on Sunday 14th June and to the 5,000 or so watching it subsequently, especially those in other time zones. It was wonderful to see all the comments in the chat section, and to feel the camaraderie of all those being brought together to worship and join in song at a time when physically getting together in church is still against UK Government guidelines.

We would also like to thank the participating choirs, our readers, special guests and all of those who worked so hard behind the scenes to bring this special service to fruition.

Of course, we very much hope that for Music Sunday 2021 churches will be able to hold their own special services and events, as previously, but we will also continue to develop the wider relationships and opportunities that lockdown has brought us.

RSCM Music Sunday 2021 will take place on Sunday 6th June. We cannot tell yet what that will look like, but do put the date in your own diary as well as the church diary.

Just a few examples of feedback from Music Sunday 2020

“Thank you RSCM – a great service in both senses of that word.”

“Wonderful uplifting music and worship. Thanks to each and everyone who has participated in any way to make it a memorable occasion. Here’s to us being able to sing together again very soon.”

“Just a big thank you for last night’s Evensong. Such a special event.”


A list of churches that participated in this year’s virtual service:

All Saints, Brixworth
Windmill United Benefice: Burstow, Horne and Outwood
United Church of Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Good Shepherd Church, Cambridge
Holy Trinity, Hildersham
St Giles and St Nicholas Sidmouth Parish church choir
St. Paul’s Episcopal Fort Collins CO
Uppingham Parish Church
St Andrew’s church Ipplepen
Newport Cathedral
St Hilda’s Anglican Church, West Cliff, Whitby
Crawley Down All Saints’
St Georges RC Church, Taunton, Somerset
St Andrew’s Church Choir Shifnal, Shropshire
Eastham St Mary’s
St Andrew’s Church Pau, SW France
St Mary’s Church, Moseley, Birmingham
Melbourne Parish Church, Derbyshire
St Nicholas Church Choir Old Marston Oxford
St.Bartholomew, Crewkerne
St Leonard’s Church, Wollaton, Nottingham.
Stour Vale Benefice Choir
Stanwick Group of Churches
Rayleigh Parish Choir, Holy Trinity Church
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Southern Pines, NC
All Saints’ Church, Botley
St John the Evangelist, Farncombe
St Peter & the Holy Rood church choir
St Martin’s Dorking
Holy Trinity Leverstock Green
Holy Trinity Stevenage
Holy Trinity, Amberley, Stroud. Glos
St John’s, Boxmoor (Hemel Hempstead)
St Andrew’s, Backwell
Barrington all Saints/Orwell Group Benefice
St. Mary’s Church, Woodbridge
Fisherwick Presbyterian Church
St Albans Church, Tokyo (as an individual)
St. Peter’s Church, Sharnbrook BEDFORD
St John the Baptist, Lustleigh, United Benefice of Moretonhampstead, Manaton, North Bovey & Lustleigh
St Mark’s, Highcliffe
Christ Church, South Ashford, Kent
St Leonard’s Church Seaford East Sussex  (The Parish of Sutton with Seaford)
St Michael’s Parish Church Choir, Kirkham
St George’s Church, Whyke, Chichester
St Mary the Virgin, Lytchett Matravers Dorset
St James Church, New Brighton, Wallasey
St. Mary the Virgin, Walkern
Stamford All Saints
Congleton Parish
St Eustachius’ Parish Church, Tavistock, choir
Holy Trinity Broadstairs
St Edward the Confessor, Dringhouses, York
Keswick, St.John
The Gransdens Church Choir
St Mary Magdalene, Richmond
St Mary’s Church, Chesham
Pelham choir, Laughton, Ripe and Chalvington churches, East Sussex
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Burlingame, California, US
St. Margaret’s Betley
St Michael and All Angels’ Lambourn
St Andrew’s Church, Stapleford
Gonzaga University
St Andrews Parish Church, Chippenham, Wiltshire
Christ Church Radyr
St Peter’s Wootton
St Catherine’s of Siena, Cocking
St. Andrew’s Stogursey, Quantock Coast Benefice
Preesall St Oswald
St Margarets Ilkley
St John’s, St Raphael, France
St Luke’s Church, Grayshott
St Paul’s Chichester
St Martin of Tours, Epsom
St Mary’s, Ross-on-Wye
St Luke’s Anglican Church Choir
St Mary’s Diptford (Three Rivers Mission Community)
Lichfield Cathedral Youth Voices, Lichfield Cathedral Boy & Girl Choristers, Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir & Lichfield Cathedral Chorus
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lynchburg, VA
St Saviour’s, Oxton, Wirral.
Rushall Parish Church (St. Michael the Archangel)
United Church of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Stoke St. Michael’s Coventry
Hertford St Andrew
St Lawrence Church, Barnwood, Gloucester
All Saints’, Kings Heath (Birmingham)
St James Episcopal Church / The St. James Choir
St Margaret’s, Topsham, Exeter
St Augustine with St Luke Bromley Common
Christ Church Belper
St Mary Magdalene’s Episcopal Church, Dundee
St Phillip and St James, Alderley Edge
All Saints’, Catherington with St. James’, Clanfield
St Matthew’s Church, Buckley
St.Katharine Southbourne Bournemouth
St Gabriel – Walsall
St Philip’s Church, Kelsall
St Mary Blessed Virgin Luddenden
St Luke’s Morton
St. Peter’s, Bengeworth.
Portsmouth Cathedral Consort
St James the Great, Cupar
St Peter’s Church Choir, Irthlingborough. Holy Trinity Church Choir, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Leoa Academic Male Voice Choir London.
St. Helen’s Abingdon
Holy Trinity, Lamorbey, Sidcup
St. Michael and All Angels, Anglican Church Choir
St Blasius, Shanklin
St. Michael & All Angels Bramcote Nottingham
St Peter’s Weston Favell
St Luke’s Church, Maidenhead
St Michael and All Angels, Beaconsfield
St. Michael and All Angels, Headingley, Leeds.
St John’s Edinburgh
St John’s Penshurst
All Saints with St James Brightlingsea Essex
St James Church Finchampstead
St John the Evangelist, Withycombe Raleigh
St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Limerick, Ireland
Pelham Choir of Laughton, Ripe and Chalvington, East Sussex
Parish of Par
Newport Methodist Church, Isle of Wight
St Lawrence, Barnwood
St. Leonard’s Church, Wollaton, Nottingham
Wivelsfield church choir
Dickleburgh All Saints
St Luke, Newton Poppleford
Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church Belfast (St John’s)
Gulval Church
St Wulfram’s Church Choir, Grantham
Yardley Hastings Benefice
Church Choirs of the Avon Valley Churches (around Fordingbridge), and members of the Keble Choir around the country
Danby chaple
St Giles, Farnborough, Kent
St Lawrence, Morland
Holy Saviour Church, Hitchin
St Nicholas Guisborough
St Leonards Dinninghton
Wallingford Parish Church Choir
Milford Singers
First Presbyterian Church, Evansville
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Bryan, Texas, USA
St Michael and All Angels Boksburg South Africa
St Mary Magdalene, Newark
St Mary’s Herbrandston, Pembrokeshire
St George’s, Parish of Christchurch, Dorset.
St Stephen’s Church, Canterbury
St Chads, Pattingham, Staffordshire
Byfield, Holy Cross
Kloof Methodist, KZN, South Africa
St John the Baptist Church, Devizes
Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, Stirling
St Edmund’s Church Roundhay
St. Clares Episcopal Church
St. Clare’s Episcopal Church, Blairsville, Georgia
St Michael’s Amberley
St. Giles, Farnborough, Kent
Portsmouth Cathedral
St Chads, York
St Stephen’s Westminster
Bellville Catholic Church
Eaton Christ Church, Norwich
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church
Cantorij of the Opstandingskerk, Houten, The Netherlands
St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol
Perranzabuloe Benefice Choir
Trinity Festival Choir, Sutton
Christ Church, Esher
Trinity Methodist Church, Loughborough
All Saints, Brailsford
St John’s Anglican Church, Ghent
St Mary’s Cathedral Glasgow
St. Nicholas’ Church Godstone
St Dunstan’s Cranbrook
St. Michael the Archangel, Chagford
Ashley Saint John, in diocese of Lichfield
St. Mary’s Luddenden
St George’s Church, Benenden, Kent
St Mary the Virgin, Gillingham (Dorset)
Brixworth All Saints
St Mary Magdalene , Richmond
St Johns Hemel Hempstead
Bedfordview Methodist Church
St Mary Charlton Kings
St Nicolas, Kings Norton, Birmingham, UK
St Robert’s Church Pannal
St Lukes Church, Maidenhead
St Margaret’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Rosyth
St John’s Church, Newport, Isle of Wight
St Mary’s Horsham
St Luke , Newton Poppleford
Kingsbury and Baxterley Group of Parishes
St Mary’s Parish Church, Wigton, Cumbria
St Helen’s Northwich
Broadway URC
St.Johns Dormansland
Kathedrale St.Gallen Switzerland
St George’s Whyke, Chichester
Ottery St Mary Parish Church
St Giles Pontefract
St Mary & St Botolph Whitton, Ipswich, Suffolk UK
Wylde Green URC
First United Methodist Church
St. Paul’s Chichester
All Saints Queen’s Park, Bedford
Binfield All SS and St Mark’s
St Edward the Confessor, Dringhouses York
St George’s, Norton, Letchworth Garden City
Anglican Church of St. Anna & St. Mary, Haarlem, the Netherlands
Orwell Benefice Choir
All Saints, Holbeach, Lincs
St Mary the Virgin Bathwick
The United Benefice of Standon and the Mundens with Sacombe
St Peters Petersfield
St. Paul’s Burlingame
St Mary’s Storrington
St Johns Maindee
All Saints Rockwell Green
St. Peter’s , Bengeworth, Evesham
St Cross Knutsford
St  John the Baptist Devizes
St Miichael’s Bramcote
St Saviours Oxton
St NIcholas Church Choir Guisborough
All Saints Yelvertoft
St Johns Keswick
St John’s Church, Kirk Merrington
St Mary’s Merevale
St Michael & All Angels Lambourn
St John’s Bellville
St Mary Ware
St Thomas of Canterbury, Goring-on-Thames
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Top 5 Suggested Activities

Learn the new piece specially commissioned by the RSCM for Music Sunday 2020

Hymns and Psalms and Sacred Songs by Thomas Hewitt Jones is now available exclusively to RSCM members as a free download, and to members and non-members as printed copies for purchase.

Find Out More Here

Plan an extended service

Here you will find a bespoke service put together by Revd Canon Anna Macham, RSCM Council member and Canon Precentor of Salisbury Cathedral.

Download the materials

Hold a Songs of Praise event

Join with other local churches and come together to sing a variety of hymns, possibly from different traditions. These could be interspersed with speakers, readings or prayers.

Plan a concert

Stick with an old favourite or try something new!

Click here for ideas on how to maximise income

Afternoon Tea

A Sunday afternoon in June is a splendid time for Afternoon Tea. See our guide below for other events combining refreshments into your event.

Further Information

General Resources
Liturgical and Musical Resources
Publicity Resources
Next Steps Resources
What is the 50:50 campaign?

General Resources

+Register your event

Please register your event as soon as possible using the online registration form or click here for a downloadable form.

+Feedback Form

After your event please complete the online feedback form or click here for a downloadable form. We would be grateful for feedback from all participants. In particular it will help us claim Gift Aid where possible

+Additional Ideas

Click here for a list of other fundraising ideas.

+Advice on Event Planning

It can be daunting deciding to plan an event, however our guide will take you through the stages to make your event a success. Click here to read more.

Download Advice on Event Planning

+Sponsorship Forms

If you have decided to hold a sponsored event, this generic sponsorship form may suit your requirements.

Download Sponsorship Form

+Gift Aid

Gift Aid can be claimed at any gathering where donations are collected.
One way for us to claim Gift Aid on donations is by individual donors completing Gift Aid envelopes which you are able to request on the booking form. These must be sent to us with the donations.

However, it may also be possible for us to collect Gift Aid on donations via small collections. The information that we require will be the date, venue and nature of the event (which we will have from your registration form) as well as the approximate number of attendees. Please include this in your feedback form.


Please use the Music Sunday logo in your communications and publicity.

Music Sunday Logos

Poster Templates

Ticket Templates

Social Media Guidance

Press Release Template

Next Steps

We are sure that churches and other organisations will want to capitalise on their event and have included these editable resources to allow you to reach out to your audience or congregations.

Service Times cards

Find out more cards – choir

Find out more cards – music groups

What is the 50:50 campaign?

Recognising the financial needs of our churches, we introduced the Music Sunday 50:50 campaign 3 years ago to allow churches to share event and service proceeds and collections with us rather than necessarily donating 100%. It is up to churches themselves to decide how they want to participate this year. The logo will be the same for all events and publicity material whether you are raising money for the RSCM or not, but we do ask you to ensure that you are clear with your audiences and congregations about how any funds raised are being used. All donations to the RSCM will support us in our mission to sustain music within churches and communities.

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