Music Sunday — 6th June 2021
Join us in celebrating the role of music and musicians in church life
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.
The RSCM Music Sunday
Anthem Competition 2021
The Royal School of Church Music is inviting composers to submit an anthem, setting words of a prayer written by Revd Canon Gordon Giles, to celebrate Music Sunday 2021.The winner of the competition will receive a prize of £350. The winning composition will be published by the RSCM, broadcast as part of the Big Music Sunday Service at Lichfield Cathedral on Sunday 6 June 2021, and performed locally by parish choirs using it in their RSCM Music Sunday services.
Deadline for submissions, which must be in pdf format, is 12:00 GMT on Monday 1 March 2021 and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org There is no entry fee for the competition.
Further details, including the words to be set, can be downloaded here: RSCM Music Sunday Composition Competition
Just a few examples of feedback from the Big Music Sunday Service 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.”
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
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.
A Sunday afternoon in June is a splendid time for Afternoon Tea. See our guide below for other events combining refreshments into your event.
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
Click here for a list of other fundraising ideas.
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.
If you have decided to hold a sponsored event, this generic sponsorship form may suit your requirements.
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.
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.