Celebrate church music and musicians this
Music Sunday 2024 will be Sunday 9th June
Thank you to everyone who engaged with Music Sunday 2023 celebrating church music and thanking all of our church musicians.
It was great to hear of people coming together, the involvement of children, creative services taking place such as the one at Harnham, All Saints in Salisbury and of course all the fabulous music. If you missed Radio 4’s Sunday Worship from St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow do search for it on i-player and you can read the sermon, given by the Provost of the Cathedral, Kelvin Holdsworth, here. We love learning about what you did – if you haven’t already told us, do please let us know.
Supporting Churches in Fundraising
Through our 50:50 campaign we encourage you to donate half the money raised to the RSCM, in order that we can continue to do our job of supporting church musicians. Find out more about the 50:50 campaign here.
Do something big, do something small!
- 1. Check out our suggested events below.
- 2. Use the Music Sunday Toolkit to help you plan and advertise your event.
- 3. Register your event to let us know you’re involved!
- 4. Run and take part in your event or service.
- 5. Send in the funds raised.
Why participate in Music Sunday?
Church Music and Musicians
There are so many special days in the calendar, but Music Sunday is a day to connect in spirit with the whole of the RSCM. It is heart-warming to know that churches around the country, and indeed the world, are focusing on the role of music in worship and the dedicated church musicians who lead this.
In addition to this central aspect of Music Sunday, this year we really encourage you to reach out within the local community to bring more people together. This might be a local school or group, or generally within the population. This might be a combined service event or something entirely different. You might want to hold your Music Sunday event during the school week – do whatever will help you to achieve your goals.
Music Sunday is a great opportunity to fundraise for your own organisation as well as the RSCM, which we call the 50:50 campaign. Depending on the nature of your event this might be a special collection on the day, the proceeds from a sale, sponsorship money or profits from a concert. We encourage you to share the money 50:50 with the RSCM so that we can invest in the future flourishing of church music.
Remember to let us know what you are doing! Register your special service or event here.
Churches participating in 2023 include;
Glasgow, St Mary’s Cathedral
Fordingbridge, St Mary
Sri Lanka, Colombo, St Michael and All Angels
Barnwood, St Lawrence
Siddington, All Saints
Grimsby, St Augustine of Hippo
Salisbury, Harnham, All Saints
Harrogate, St Wilfrid
Didcot, All Saints
West Byfleet, St John
Grace Church, Madison, USA
Newark, St Mary Magdalene
Limerick, St Mary’s Cathedral
St Mary at Finchley Parish Church
Farnham, St Thomas on the Bourne
Aston, All Saints
Rainow, Holy Trinity with the St Christopher Chorale
Fareham United Reform Church
Hale, St Peter
Southgate, Christ Church
Berkhamsted, St Peter
Oban, St John’s Cathedral
St. Machar’s Ranfurly Church
Bideford, St Mary
Herne Hill, St Paul’s Parish
Heanton Punchardon Parish Church
St Mary’s, Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes
St Neots Parish Church
Birkenhead School Chapel Choir
Stogursey, St Andrews
Dulwich College Chapel Choir
Christ Church Glanogwen Bethseda
Halifax, St Hilda’s & Warley, St John
Christ Church, Bath
Christ Church, Southgate
Christ Church, New Mill, Homfirth
Shifnal, St Andrew
What is the 50:50 campaign?
Recognising the financial needs of our churches, we introduced the Music Sunday 50:50 campaign to allow churches to keep half of the profits, donations and/or collections from their Music Sunday event and/or special service.
Please make sure that your audiences and congregations for Music Sunday are clear about what is being sent to the RSCM and what is being retained by the Church.
All donations to the RSCM support us in our mission to sustain music within churches and communities.