RSCM Music Sunday
This year our annual event to celebrate the powerful role of music in Christian worship, Music Sunday, coincided with Trinity Sunday, 16 June 2019.
Churches up and down the land, whether RSCM Members or not, were encouraged to take part in this international celebration of the role music plays in the life of Christian worship.
In the words of composer John Rutter, a fellow of the RSCM and supporter of RSCM Music Sunday: ‘Music spreads joy, something in short supply in our national life at the moment’.
This year we have commissioned composer and soprano performer Joanna Forbes L’Estrange to compose an anthem especially for the event. Her piece is called God the Holy Trinity.
Hugh Morris, Director of the RSCM, explains the thinking behind RSCM Music Sunday 2019: ‘Music Sunday is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the way music is used in worship, and to celebrate the contribution of the many who lead and perform it. Whilst that of course includes choirs, and our choral heritage is something we celebrate, music in worship encompasses a diverse range of styles and forms, and we want to support these, too’.
‘The anthem we have commissioned from Joanna provides a fresh new contemporary resource. It’s intentionally approachable, and can be learnt easily, but is a beautiful, high-quality piece which will enhance worship from small church to cathedral. Joanna is an excellent role model and we are pleased to have been able to work with her on this project’.
The two-and-a-half-minute piece is written in three-part harmony for soprano, alto and unison men’s voices, with optional descant, performed unaccompanied or with minimal piano/organ support and can be listened to online. RSCM Members can download the sheet music from www.rscmshop.com and non-members can purchase copies for a small fee from the same site.
Churches wishing to enhance their Holy Trinity Sunday worship with the anthem God the Holy Trinity should visit the RSCM website and register their event on www.rscm.org.uk/music-sunday/
‘It’s not too late for churches to sign up,’ says Fiona Wright, Executive Officer for the RSCM; ‘Music has a way of drawing the church and community together and we hope to see a wide variety of activities on or around the day – from extended services to concerts and cake sales. A number of exciting events have already been lined up by churches around the country including a very exciting jazz workshop and choral evensong at Derby Cathedral, Songs of Praise and Come and Sing events and a Flower Festival concluding with a special evensong service. There are various events in New Zealand and we were particularly interested to hear about a concert with links to both the 2010 earthquake and the premiere of a work commemorating the Christchurch mosque attack earlier this year.’
After the event it would be great to receive news of the use of the anthem, photographs and recordings; we would love to feature them in our magazine, Church Music Quarterly, and on social media, spreading good news stories of people coming together to celebrate church music.’