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The Way of the Cross — Holy Week and Easter 2021

**Booking for this course is now closed**

With Holy Week and Easter being so different this year, and many choirs still unable to sing, this participative online course is a great opportunity to gather, learn and perform seasonal music together. We will be using resources from the RSCM’s Passiontide sequence, The Way of the Cross, with special additional material for Easter Day.  

The course is formed of three online rehearsals (starting on Saturday 13 February) to help you learn the music, then an opportunity to record yourself singing your part, and add your voice to the ‘virtual choir’.  

The individual videos will then be edited, and put together with spoken liturgy, to form four short services which will be shared online during Holy Week. The liturgy has been created by Revd Canon Peter Moger, one of the editors of the original book.  

The course is led by Adrian Lucas, RSCM Head of Choral Studies.

You must be over 18 to take part in this course.

*RSCM AFFILIATE MEMBERS – a special offer allows five people from the same affiliate membership to book for the price of four. If you wish to take advantage of this, please email before booking.*

The choral items include: 

Trisagions  David Ogden

This is the night dear friends, the night for weeping
My song is love unknown
Morning glory, starlit sky
Ye choirs of new Jerusalem

Anthems and Carols
When the waters cover me  arr Noël Tredinnick
Crucifixus a 6  Antonio Lotti
God so loved the world  John Stainer
The Easter Song of Praise (Exultet)  Richard Shephard
Christ the Lord hath risen


Start Date: 13/02/2021
End Date: 02/03/2021
Event Director: Adrian Lucas
Venue: Online
Entry Fee: £22.50 for RSCM members; £30 for non-members; (both inclusive of electronic scores, rehearsal tracks, and all rehearsals)
Option 1: RSCM Member Fee
Option 1 Cost: £22.50
Option 2: Non-member Fee
Option 2 Cost: £30
Booking Deadline: 13/02/2021
Age Restriction: 18+
Contact Name: RSCM Education
Contact Tel: 01722 424843
Contact Email:
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Service booklet
Service booklet (printer-friendly)

Terms and Conditions

• All fees are payable in pounds sterling.
• Fees are subject to change only in the event of circumstances beyond the control of the RSCM, including changes in taxation and exceptional surcharges imposed by suppliers.
• For residential courses and other courses taking place over multiple days, a deposit of 20% of the full fee is required on booking. Single day courses require payment in full on booking.
• Deposits (or full fees paid on booking) are non-refundable (except in the event of the course being cancelled by the RSCM), and cover administration costs.
• The balance of the full fee, if not paid on booking, will be requested 8 weeks before the start of the course, except where stated otherwise. The RSCM reserves the right to re-allocate any places for which the fee has not been paid in full 6 weeks before the first day of the course. In the event of cancellation by the applicant:– more than 6 weeks before the start of the course, amounts paid in advance, except for the deposit, will be refunded.– less than 6 weeks before the start of the course a partial refund will be considered if the place can be re-allocated.
• In the case of cancellation by the RSCM, fees paid will be refunded in full.
• It may occasionally be necessary to reduce the number of places available on any course. We reserve the right to cancel places in this scenario and provide a full refund to those affected.
• The RSCM cannot take responsibility for other costs incurred when the place is cancelled whether by the applicant or by the RSCM. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you take out your own travel insurance.
• The RSCM reserves the right at any stage to refuse an application without stating the reason.
• If a tutor or lecturer is absent, the RSCM will provide a suitable replacement.
• The RSCM reserves the right to alter other features of the course, including venues and facilities.
• You must notify the RSCM of any special access, mobility, medical or dietary requirements when you first book to attend if these will affect your ability to participate fully. The RSCM will endeavour to make suitable provision where possible.
• All adults on courses with under 18s must comply with the RSCM’s safeguarding policy and procedures.
• Any dependent adult must be assisted by a full-time carer paying their own costs.
• Pets are not allowed. It may be possible to accommodate assistance dogs if advised in advance.

Further Course Information




Session Date Time GMT
Session 1 Saturday 13 February 10:00 – 12:00
Session 2 Saturday 20 February 14:00 – 16:00
Session 3 Wednesday 24 February 18:15 – 19:45


Service Title Date and Time Link
Service 1 Jesus’ agony, betrayal and denial Tuesday 30 March at 6.30 BST YouTube
Service 2 Jesus’ trial and crucifixion Wednesday 31 March at 6.30 BST YouTube
Service 3 Jesus’ death and burial Friday 2 April at 6.30 BST YouTube
Service 4 Jesus’ resurrection Sunday 4 April at 6.30 BST YouTube


Q.  I can’t attend any of the online rehearsals – can I still take part?

A. Yes, absolutely! All the rehearsals will be recorded and made available to those who have signed up, so you are more than welcome to watch them in your own time. If you are an international participant, this feature might be helpful if you are in a different time zone.

Q.  What does the fee include?

A. The fee includes a music booklet, which will be emailed to you once you have booked, access to the online rehearsals (including the recordings, if you can’t attend live or want to revisit them later), and access to the backing tracks to help you record your submissions.

Q.  Can I be seen during the rehearsals?

A. The rehearsals will be held on Zoom in ‘meeting’ format so you have the option to be seen on screen. If you would prefer your face not to be visible, please make sure you have turned your camera off before joining the meeting. All microphones will be muted, so no-one will be able to hear you.

Q.  I already have a copy of The Way of the Cross. Do I still need a booklet?

A. Yes. There are several items in the booklet which do not appear in The Way of the Cross. As the liturgy has been created specially, some things appear in a different order to the original book. We have also added some rehearsal markings, which will help us create the best possible recordings.