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Welcome to the June issue of CMQ. It’s been ten years since CMQ last underwent a makeover and we thought it would benefit from a few changes. Take a look around: not only does the magazine have a fresh look, it has new features, too.
At the front you’ll find our new In Action pages, dedicated to covering RSCM events wherever church musicians meet to learn, play and worship. Turn over the page and you’ll find What’s On, a snapshot of events going on across the UK across a five-month period (this issue covers June to October). The What’s On pages are grouped by event type, not region, so if you’re an organist or conductor looking for help, check under ‘workshops’, while if you are looking to attend one of the RSCM’s flagship festivals, take a look at the ‘Area Festivals’ list. The events featured are not exhaustive, nor do they contain every detail about each.
To learn more about a particular event, or for a complete list what’s going on, visit our website or get in touch using the contact details provided.
A little further into the magazine you’ll find My Favourite Hymns, a light-hearted opportunity to talk to figures from the church music world about their favourite music and
to share some anecdotes.
Jennifer Bain is Professor of Music and of Gender and Women’s Studies at Dalhousie University. Her articles and editorial projects focus on the music of Guillaume de Machaut and Hildegard of Bingen, and the development of digital chant research tools. She is
currently editing the Cambridge Companion to Hildegard of Bingen. Her book, Hildegard of Bingen and Musical Reception: the Modern Revival of a Medieval Composer, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.
Olivia Sparkhall is a choral conductor, composer and head of academic music at Godolphin School, Salisbury. A passionate advocate for equality, Olivia is co-director of Multitude of Voyces, an organisation determined to address the underrepresentation of women composers in church music.
Hugh Morris, RSCM Director
Helen Bent, RSCM Head of Ministerial Training
In this issue we talk to Brian Kay about the motion picture Amadeus, The Really Big Chorus and the beauty of Bach’s Passions. In Looking to the Future we shine a spotlight upon musicians at the start of their careers, which, in this quarter, is Helen Smee, prize winning organist and conductor. On page 36 you will find Branching Out, an outlet for the RSCM’s global family to tell us about events and developments in their countries. Elsewhere you’ll find From the Director, and news about forthcoming RSCM Press publications.
The puzzles page has also made a comeback, and this quarter contains a little music theory.
Our main features this issue focus upon little-known female composers of sacred music. In Five Hundred Years of Neglect, Olivia Sparkhall walks us through a broad survey of women composers from the 15th century to the present day. Then, from Jennifer Bain, we have an in-depth look at the music of Hildegard of Bingen, including a practical guide to help you incorporate Hildegard’s plainchant into the liturgical year.
We hope you enjoy reading this issue of CMQ as much as we enjoyed making it.
     Brian Kay is an English broadcast- er, conductor and singer. He is principal conductor of The Really Big Chorus and of the Burford Singers. He was the founder bass of the King’s Singers and sang 2000 concerts worldwide with the group between 1968 and 1982.
His broadcasting career has involved writing and presenting thousands of programmes for BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4. Brian is a vice president of the Royal School of Church Music.
Helen Smee is a conductor, organist, accompanist and a prize-winning graduate of the choral conducting course at the Royal Academy of Music. Among other things, she is currently director of music at St Mary, Merton in London.
Jenny Yates is a long-standing member of the RSCM and is currently chair of the Eastern Cape Branch, South Africa.
Tom Bell is Royal College of Organists director for the north of England, north Wales and the Isle of Man. Formerly, he was organist and choirmaster of St Michael, Chester Square in London.
Gordon Giles is Vicar of St Mary Magdalene, Enfield and Director of Post-Ordination Training for the Edmonton area of the Diocese of London. He has written many books on church music and hymnody, and was one of the editorial team for the new Ancient & Modern.
Geoff Weaver is a freelance conductor, animateur and composer with an extensive international ministry. His passion is to enable musicians
to do their work more effectively and to ensure that they sing from the heart.
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