RSCM Digital Resources and Support to Help in the Current Climate

In the absence of all of the usual routines of life, we have put together a whole range of initiatives, which we hope will help to hold everyone together: we can still work on fulfilling our mission until the darkness lifts and we are in the light again.

For everyone, wherever you are: Our website now features, free for all, Hymn of the Day, and Sunday Self-Service – a simple act of worship with music, readings and prayers which will change weekly. Specific resources for Holy Week and Easter will be available in due course. We will shortly be adding a daily vocal warmups video – a short session to keep your body moving, and voice in good shape if you’re a singer. If you don’t consider yourself a singer, do it anyway!

For choristers (of all ages): We recently launched our Showbie app, which has support materials for RSCM Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. See here if you missed it in CMQ. This was originally launched to trial the concept, but we are now adding much more content to it as quickly as we can. This will include, for each level, some pieces which choristers can learn from the syllabuses by following the teaching videos which will appear shortly. In the current situation, we will ensure that this remains free of charge. We will also be using this Showbie platform to include more general Chorister Training material in separate classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced choristers – the latter including material suitable for e.g. experienced cathedral choristers. Some of the webinars (see below) will also be specifically aimed at developing skills for choristers.

Webinars: We will be launching a new stream of our Education work on Friday (27th March), when we will host the first RSCM public webinar at 10am. In these extraordinary times, we are making sure they are open to everyone, not just our Membership.  See here for details, and how to book yourself a place. You will be able to watch the recorded session subsequently if you can’t attend ‘live’.