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Royal School of Church Music in Ireland   ~   Scoil Ríoga Cheol na hEaglaise in Éirinn



RSCM Events Archive


List of events that have happened in the recent past. Also see the upcoming events.

RSCM Ireland Festival Day and Voice for Life Service

Saturday, 30 September 2017 at 10:30 AM

St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough Street, Dublin, D01 DK83

Join us for this day of singing with Andrew Reid, Director of the RSCM, again using the RSCM's festival book With Saintly Shout and Solemn Jubilee. The day will end with a service using music rehearsed during the day. The service will incorporate the presentation of awards to successful Voice for Life candidates.

The event is open to all singers, individuals and choirs alike, affiliates and non affiliates. Cost per person: €20 (festival music book, light lunch and refreshments are included). If you already have a copy of the festival music book the cost is €12. Please ensure to book your ticket for your voice part/music requirement.

Extra music will not be available on the day, so please ensure to book the correct ticket type.

The outline for the day is as follows:

10:15: Registration
10:30 Rehearsal
12:30: Lunch
13:30: Rehearsal
15:30: Break
16:00: Service in cathedral
17:00: Finish and depart

Please book and pay online via this Eventbrite link.

For further details please contact Thérèse Gaughan - secretary@rscmireland.com or call +353 (0)87 762 4380. Booking is available Friday 22 September 2017, so please book your place by then so that music can be ordered and distributed.

USOC Choral Workshop in association with RSCM Ireland

Saturday, 16 September 2017 at 3:00 PM

St Michael's Parish, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT74 7EW

A workshop with the Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters (USOC) in association with the RSCM, by kind permission of the Parish Priest Mgr Peter O'Reilly. The workshop will be led by Ian Keatley (Director of Music, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin) with Caritas choir (directed by Helen Hamill). There is no charge for this event although donations are appreciated.

Contact: Jacqui Dickinson
Email: awards@rscmireland.com
+44 7901 835771

Choir 101 - From Discord to Harmony!

Monday, 03 July 2017 at 10:00 AM

Clonliffe College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

RSCM Ireland is excited to announce it will hold a two-day (non-residential) church music workshop aimed at 18-25 year olds. Led by RSCM Ireland committee members Blánaid Murphy, Thérèse Gaughan, Niamh Gavin and Peter Stobart, the workshop will cover singing techniques, repertoire, conducting, motivating choirs and the church’s year.

Where: Clonliffe College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
When: 3 & 4 July 2017
Time: 10am to 5pm
Total cost: €25

Please book your place using the link here.

Please note that all attendees must be over 18, unless accompanied at all times by a supervising adult. For further details, please contact Thérèse Gaughan (secretary@rscmireland.com) on +353 (0)87 762 4380.

'One Song' - An Appreciation Of Hymns

Saturday, 17 June 2017 at 10:00 AM

St Mark's Church, Dundela, Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 2DR

Come and join us to sing through some of the great treasury of hymns from the Reformation to the present day. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea & coffee will be available. This is a free event, but donations accepted. For information or to confirm attendance, please contact awards@rscmireland.com or text +44(0)7901 835771.

Come and Sing the Psalms

Saturday, 20 May 2017 at 2:00 PM

St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Bishop Street, Cork

Come and sing the psalms with Peter Stobart, director of music at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral. The day will focus on Anglican chant, plainsong, anthems which use psalm texts and more - leading up to a service based around psalmody. Please confirm your attendance by emailing secretary@rscmireland.com or contacting +353 (0)87 762 4380.

Come and Sing Stainer's Crucifixion

Monday, 10 April 2017 at 5:30 PM

Saint Bartholomew's Church, Clyde Road, Dublin 4

crown-of-thorns.jpgWe would like to invite all musicians of whatever level to sing with Saint Bartholomew’s Church Choir at a come and sing performance of The Crucifixion by John Stainer on Monday 10 April at 8pm (rehearsal from 5.30pm) during Holy Week. Full booking details are available at the link here.

Please contact +353(0)87 762 4380 or email secretary@rscmireland.com if you require any further information.

Meet and Sing!

Saturday, 25 March 2017 at 11:00 AM

Down Cathedral, Downpatrick, BT30 6AB

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An opportunity to meet the RSCM Coordinator for Ireland, Mark Bowyer, accompanied by Michael McCracken (Down Cathedral) and to explore the work of the RSCM, look at accessible resources, the RSCM training schemes and of course to do some singing! Open to choirs, individuals, clergy, affiliates and non-affiliates alike. Refreshments will be provided for which a small charge will be made.

Please call +353(0)87 762 4380 or email secretary@rscmireland.com to confirm your attendance.

Voice for Life Taster Session

Saturday, 18 February 2017 at 10:00 AM

Heyn Hall, St Mark's Church, Dundela, BT4 2DR

VFL_fs.jpgCome and have all your questions answered regarding the Voice for Life scheme by Jacqui Dickinson, Awards Administrator. The session will include what is expected at each level of coloured ribbon and the requirements of the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Please contact awards@rscmireland.com or call +44 (0) 7901 835771 to confirm your attendance.

Hymn Playing for Organists & Pianists

Saturday, 28 January 2017 at 2:00 PM

St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork

St Fin Barre's.jpgPeter Stobart will lead a workshop on hymn playing for organists/pianists giving helpful tips and hints on leading the hymns in worship. There is no charge for this event and refreshments will be provided.

Please contact secretary@rscmireland.com or call +353 (0)87 762 4380 to confirm your attendance.

RSCM Awards Service

Saturday, 21 January 2017 at 2:00 PM

St Mary's Pro Cathedral, Dublin 1

VFL_fs.jpgCome and celebrate those who have successfully completed their RSCM Voice for Life awards during 2016. The awards ceremony will take place during the liturgy and will be directed by Blánaid Murphy. Details of rehearsal times will be sent directly to participating choirs.

All are welcome to the service which starts at 4pm.

Come and Sing Duruflé Requiem & Vivaldi Gloria

Saturday, 29 October 2016 at 2:00 PM

Saint Bartholomew's Church, Clyde Road, Dublin 4

barts.jpgThis regular ‘Come and Sing’ event will be held in the beautiful Saint Bartholomew’s Church in Dublin 4. The event will be directed by Tristan Russcher, director of music at Saint Bartholomew’s.

The rehearsal will start at 2pm (with registration from 1.30pm). Refreshments will be available and the performance will take place at 5pm. The event is open to all, affiliates and non-affiliates as usual. The cost is €10.

Please confirm your attendance by booking a ticket here.

Come and Sing Choral Evensong

Saturday, 17 September 2016 at 2:00 PM

St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork

St Fin Barre's.jpgPeter Stobart will lead a service of Choral Evensong (at 5pm) in St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork. It is a great opportunity, for choirs and individuals singers alike, to join together in this act of worship. We would love to see many of the choirs from the surrounding areas and the event is open to all parish musicians, choral societies and individual singers alike.


Come along and enjoy a great afternoon of singing. The rehearsal starts at 2pm and music will be provided. There is no need to prepare anything in advance. Tea and coffee will be provided!

Please contact secretary@rscmireland.com to confirm your attendance.

With Saintly Shout - RSCM Festival Day

Saturday, 27 August 2016 at 11:00 AM

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8

with-saintly-shout-and-solemn-jubilee-festival-service-book-s0170-8fb.jpgJoin us for this day of singing with Andrew Reid, Director of the RSCM, using the RSCM's festival book With Saintly Shout and Solemn Jubilee. The day will end with a service using music rehearsed during the day.

The broad outline for the day is as follows:

10.30: Registration
11.00: Rehearsal
13.00: Lunch
14.00: Rehearsal
16.30: Break
17.00: Service in cathedral
18.00: Finish and depart

Please download the booking form available here (RSCM Festival 2016.pdf). You can also book and pay online via this Eventbrite link. The cost is E20, which includes light lunch, music and refreshments.

Choral Conducting Workshop

Saturday, 18 June 2016 at 10:30 AM

St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork

Conducting picture.jpgPeter Stobart (St Fin Barre’s Cathedral) will lead a choral conducting worship and participants will be able to bring along a piece which they are willing to conduct and then workshop it, with the rest of the participants forming the choir. The event will run from 10.30am - 12.30pm, and then 2pm - 4pm. The cost for the day is €15 and you may book your place by completing the booking form available here or paying online via this Eventbrite link.

A Sequence for Ascension

Saturday, 21 May 2016 at 2:00 PM

St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, BT12 2HB

StAnnes.jpgJoining with the choir of St Anne’s cathedral, David Stevens will direct a festival service for Pentecost. The event is open to affiliates and non-affiliates. This is a ‘come and sing’ type event so advanced preparation of music will not be required.

The cost for the event is £12.50/£10. Please complete the booking form available here.

Come and Sing Messiah Favourite Choruses

Saturday, 23 April 2016 at 2:00 PM

St Mary's Cathedral, Bridge Street, Limerick

StMarys.JPGJoining with the choir of St Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick and directed by Peter Barley, RSCM Ireland invites you to come and sing some of the favourite choruses from this wonderful work by G.F. Handel. The event is open to all singers, individuals and choirs alike, affiliates and non affiliates. A performance will follow the rehearsal and refreshments.

The cost is €10/€8 (concession). Please complete the booking form available here.

RSCM Awards Service

Saturday, 14 November 2015 at 3:30 PM

St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough St, Dublin 1

VFL_fs.jpgCome and celebrate those who have successfully completed their RSCM Voice for Life awards during the year.

The awards ceremony will take place during the liturgy (the feast of St Laurence O’Toole, patron saint of Dublin) and will be directed by Blánaid Murphy. It will also see the premiere of a choral piece written especially for the event by Eoghan Desmond. Details of rehearsal times will be sent directly to participating choirs.

All are welcome to the service.

Come and Sing: Fauré Requiem

Saturday, 31 October 2015 at 2:00 PM

Saint Bartholomew's Church, Clyde Road, Dublin 4

barts.jpgThis regular ‘Come and Sing’ event will be held in the beautiful Saint Bartholomew’s Church in Dublin 4. The event will be directed by Peter Parshall, formerly director of music at Saint Bartholomew’s and previous RSCM coordinator for Ireland.

The rehearsal will start at 2pm (with registration from 1.30pm). Refreshments will be available and the performance will take place at 4pm. The event is open to all, affiliates and non-affiliates as usual. The cost is €10 (affiliates) or €12.50 (non-affiliate fee).

Please confirm your attendance by downloading and completing the booking form available here.

Meet and Sing!

Saturday, 26 September 2015 at 11:00 AM

Kilbride Parish Church, Doagh, BT39 0QA

MB1.jpgAn opportunity to meet the RSCM Coordinator for Ireland, Mark Bowyer and to explore the work of the RSCM, look at accessible resources, the RSCM training schemes and of course to do some singing! Open to choirs, individuals, clergy, affiliates and non-affiliates alike. You may want to bring a packed lunch and tea/coffee will be provided for which a small charge will be made.

This event replaces the recently advertised ‘Lift up you Voice’ event. Please contact mbowyer@rscm.com or +353 (0)87 117 2995 for more information and to confirm your attendance.

RSCM Awards Service: Celebration!

Saturday, 29 November 2014 at 2:00 PM

St Gall's, Carnalea, Bangor, BT19 1BT

St galls.jpgCome and celebrate those who have successfully completed their RSCM Voice for Life awards during 2014. The awards ceremony will take place during Choral Evensong with the combined choirs of the award winners and local affiliate choirs. All are welcome to the service at 4pm. The event will be conducted by Rosemary Smyth (St Gall’s).

Please confirm if you are attending by calling +353 (0)87 117 2995 or email mbowyer@rscm.com

Come and Sing! Cork

Saturday, 15 November 2014 at 2:00 PM

St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork

st-fin-barres-cathedral-cork-ireland.jpgCome and join us on Saturday 15 November 2014 at 2pm at Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork. There will be an opportunity to meet the RSCM Ireland coordinator, Mark Bowyer and view some of the resources that are available to help those who are involved in music in their church.

The main event will be a Come and Sing Evensong where there will be an opportunity to join other singers in rehearsing for the service which will take place at 4pm in the cathedral. The cathedral director of music Malcolm Wisener will lead this event and all are welcome to join the rehearsal and service. There is no charge for the event and all music will be provided. A contribution may be made towards the cost of refreshments. A booking form is available here.

Come and Sing: Fauré Requiem

Sunday, 02 November 2014 at 2:00 PM

Saint Bartholomew's Church, Dublin 4

barts.jpgThis regular ‘Come and Sing’ event will be held in the beautiful Saint Bartholomew’s Church in Dublin 4. The event will be directed by Tristan Russcher, director of music at Saint Bartholomew’s.

The rehearsal will start at 2pm (with registration from 1.30pm). Refreshments will be available and the performance will take place at 4pm. The event is open to all, affiliates and non-affiliates as usual. The cost is €10 (affiliates) or €12.50 (non-affiliate fee).

Please confirm your attendance by downloading and completing the booking form available here.

Meet and Sing: Evensong!

Saturday, 18 October 2014 at 2:00 PM

Saint Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny

SaintCanice Cathedral and Tower west door.jpgAn opportunity to meet the RSCM Coordinator for Ireland, Mark Bowyer and to explore the work of the RSCM, look at accessible resources and the available RSCM training schemes. Following the information session there will be a rehearsal followed by Choral Evensong sung by the participants and led by cathedral musicians Malcolm Proud and David Forde. Open to choirs, individuals, clergy, affiliates and non-affiliates alike.

Please email mbowyer@rscm.com or call +353 (0)871172995 to register your interest.

Meet and Sing!

Saturday, 27 September 2014 at 2:00 PM

St George's Church, Belfast, BT1 2AG

MB1.jpgAn opportunity to meet the RSCM Coordinator for Ireland, Mark Bowyer accompanied by Emma Gibbins (St George’s) and to explore the work of the RSCM, look at accessible resources, the RSCM training schemes and of course to do some singing! Open to choirs, individuals, clergy, affiliates and non-affiliates alike. Refreshments will be provided for which a small charge will be made.

Please call +353 (0)871172995 or email mbowyer@rscm.com to confirm your attendance.

Everything you wanted to know about Voice for Life - but never dared to ask!

Saturday, 03 May 2014 at 2:00 PM

St Audoen's (Church of Ireland) Church, Cornmarket, Dublin 8

VFL_fs.jpgCome and have all your questions answered regarding the Voice for Life scheme by the Chief Examiner, John Wardle. The afternoon will start at 2pm and the session will include what is expected at each level of coloured ribbon and the requirements of the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

Potential candidates, those wishing to prepare candidates for the exams and those interested in becoming an RSCM examiner will benefit from the informative session.

To confirm your attendance (a 5EURO charge on the day will apply to cover costs), please contact Mark Bowyer - +353 (0)87 117 2995 or email mbowyer@rscm.com.

Come and Sing Stainer's Crucifixion - Belfast

Saturday, 05 April 2014 at 2:00 PM

St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast

USOC.gifJoining with USOC, we invite you to ‘come and sing’ this wonderful work by Sir John Stainer. The event will be directed by Mark Duley.

The event is open to all singers, individuals and choirs alike, affiliates and non-affiliates. A performance of the full work will follow the rehearsal and refreshments.

Full details of how to book are available by contacting:

Emma Gibbins - emma.gibbins@rscmireland.com or Simon Neill - usocsecretary@gmail.com

Come and Sing Stainer's Crucifixion - Limerick

Saturday, 05 April 2014 at 1:30 PM

St Mary's Cathedral, Limerick

AOIC.JPGJoining with the choir of St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick and in conjunction with the Association of Irish Choirs, RSCM Ireland invites you to ‘come and sing’ this wonderful work by Sir John Stainer. The event will be directed by Peter Barley.

The event is open to all singers, individuals and choirs alike, affiliates and non-affiliates. A performance of the full work will follow the rehearsal and refreshments.

Registration will from 13.30 and the rehearsal will start at 14.00.

Full details of how to book are available by downloading the booking form here.

RSCM Awards Service

Sunday, 24 November 2013 at 4:00 PM

St Mary's Cathedral, Limerick

VFL_fs.jpgMembers of the RSCM, taken from Ireland’s churches and cathedrals, will join together on Sunday 24 November, as RSCM Voice for Life award winners are presented with their certificates. We are delighted that over 40 candidates successfully passed their Voice for Life examinations.

The Voice for Life training scheme provides a framework for choral singers to develop their vocal skills, their musical and liturgical understanding and their knowledge of repertoire. The scheme comes with a range of teaching material and supporting resources and gives plenty of advice on the practicalities of running a choir. It is intended to enable choir trainers and teachers to train their choir or group more effectively, and to help singers grow as people as well as musicians.

All are encouraged to support those who will receive their certificates, by attending the service which begins at 4pm.

RSCM Awards Service

Saturday, 09 November 2013 at 5:00 PM

St Bartholomew's Church, Dublin 4

VFL_fs.jpgMembers of the RSCM, taken from Ireland’s churches and cathedrals, will join together on Saturday 9 November, as RSCM Voice for Life award winners are presented with their certificates. We are delighted that over 40 candidates successfully passed their Voice for Life examinations. We also have a record 4 Gold Award certificates to present.

The Voice for Life training scheme provides a framework for choral singers to develop their vocal skills, their musical and liturgical understanding and their knowledge of repertoire. The scheme comes with a range of teaching material and supporting resources and gives plenty of advice on the practicalities of running a choir. It is intended to enable choir trainers and teachers to train their choir or group more effectively, and to help singers grow as people as well as musicians.

All are encouraged to support those who will receive their certificates, by attending the service which begins at 5pm.

Come and meet the RSCM Director - 3

Sunday, 15 September 2013 at 2:00 PM

St Bartholomew's Church, Dublin 4

AndrewReid_fs.jpgAn opportunity to meet the RSCM Director, Andrew Reid and to explore the work of the RSCM, look at accessible resources and of course to do some singing. Open to choirs, individuals, clergy, affiliates and non-affiliates alike. Tea and coffee will be provided for which a small charge will be made. The event will finish at 5pm.

Please contact Mark Bowyer to confirm your attendance or download the booking form here.

T: +353 (0)87 117 2995
E: mbowyer@rscm.com

Come and meet the RSCM Director - 2

Saturday, 14 September 2013 at 2:30 PM

St Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway

AndrewReid_fs.jpgAn opportunity to meet the RSCM Director, Andrew Reid and to explore the work of the RSCM, look at accessible resources and of course to do some singing. Open to choirs, individuals, clergy, affiliates and non-affiliates alike. Tea and coffee will be provided for which a small charge will be made. The event will finish at 5.30pm.

Please contact Mark Bowyer to confirm your attendance or download the booking form here.

T: +353 (0)87 117 2995
E: mbowyer@rscm.com

Come and meet the RSCM Director - 1

Saturday, 14 September 2013 at 9:30 AM

St Mary's Cathedral, Limerick

AndrewReid_fs.jpgAn opportunity to meet the RSCM Director, Andrew Reid and to explore the work of the RSCM, look at accessible resources and of course to do some singing. Open to choirs, individuals, clergy, affiliates and non-affiliates alike. Tea and coffee will be provided for which a small charge will be made. The event will finish at 12.30pm.

Please contact Mark Bowyer to confirm your attendance or download the booking form here.

T: +353 (0)87 117 2995
E: mbowyer@rscm.com

Instant Evensong; just add choristers!

Sunday, 30 June 2013 at 3:00 PM

Sandford Church, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

A great opportunity for anyone who would like to sing evensong but may not have done so before (or recently!). Open to choirs, congregations and clergy alike, providing simple, accessible musical resources. The service will take place at 5pm and will be directed by David O'Shea.

Please click here to download the booking form

For further details please contact:
Mark Bowyer at +353 (0)87 117 2995 or by email here.

This event is run in conjunction with The Grouped Parishes of Sandford & St Philip's Milltown. RSCM Ireland would like to thank the Rector and Select Vestry for hosting this event.

Come and Sing Fauré Requiem and meet the new RSCM Director

Saturday, 23 February 2013 at 4:00 PM

St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast

A great opportunity to meet other enthusiastic singers from all over the island of Ireland and benefit from expert direction from Andrew Reid, the recently appointed director of the RSCM. The event will take place in Belfast at Saint Anne's Cathedral.

Provisional timetable:
11.30am-12noon: Registration (tea and coffee will be available)
12noon-1pm: Rehearsal
1pm-2pm: Lunch (light lunch will be provided)
2pm-3.30pm: Rehearsal
4pm: Performance

Please note this is an all Ireland event and we encourage all affiliates and friends join us for this event. The total cost, including light lunch, tea and coffee is £10 (adults) and £5 (under 18's).

Please click here to download the booking form

For further details please contact:
Mark Bowyer (ROI) at +353 (0)87 117 2995 or by email here.
Emma Gibbins (NI) at +44 (0)7952 514 117 or by email here.


Come and Sing Fauré Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria

Saturday, 20 October 2012 at 1:30 PM

St Bartholomew's Church, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

The RSCM (Republic of Ireland) committee's next "Come and Sing" event will be held on Saturday 20 October at St Bartholomew's Church, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

We will be performing Fauré Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria.

Details of the event are as follows:

1.30pm: Registration in the Church Hall
2pm: Rehearsals (including refreshment breaks)
5pm: Performance (finished 6.15pm approx)

Refreshments will be available (tea/coffee/soft drinks/biscuits) in the Church Hall.

Details of how to book are on the booking form which should be downloaded and returned as soon as possible (or by email to the contact details on the booking form). Please remember to bring scores if you have them or to indicate on the booking form if you require these to be supplied. Either OUP or Novello scores will be suitable for the Fauré and copies of the Vivaldi may be downloaded from the link provided below (copy and paste the links into your browser).

You are most welcome to invite friends and family to attend the concert which will take place at 5pm.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 20 October for what promises to be a very exciting event.

Please click here to download the booking form

Movement 1: http://www0.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/viv-gloa.pdf
Movement 2: http://www0.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/viv-gloc.pdf
Movement 3: http://www0.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/viv-glod.pdf (soloists only)
Movement 4: http://www0.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/viv-gloe.pdf
Movement 5: http://www0.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/viv-glof.pdf
Movement 6: http://www0.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/viv-glog.pdf (soloist only)
Movement 7: http://www0.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/viv-gloh.pdf
Movement 8: http://www0.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/viv-gloi.pdf
Movement 9: http://www0.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/viv-gloj.pdf
Movement 10: http://www0.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/viv-glok.pdf (soloist only)
Movement 11: http://www0.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/viv-glol.pdf
Movement 12: http://www0.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/viv-gloo.pdf

RSCM Awards Service

Saturday, 29 September 2012 at 5:00 PM

St Bartholomew's Church, Dublin 4

Members of the RSCM, taken from Ireland's churches and cathedrals, will join together on Saturday 29 September, as RSCM Voice for Life and Church Music Skills award winners are presented with their certificates. We are delighted that over 30 candidates successfully passed their Voice for Life examinations and one person will be presented with their Church Music Skills award (the first to be awarded in Ireland).

The Voice for Life training scheme provides a framework for choral singers to develop their vocal skills, their musical and liturgical understanding and their knowledge of repertoire. The scheme comes with a range of teaching material and supporting resources and gives plenty of advice on the practicalities of running a choir. It is intended to enable choir trainers and teachers to train their choir or group more effectively, and to help singers grow as people as well as musicians. For more information about Voice for Life why not take a look at the Voice for Life page.

Church Music Skills is a pioneering new education programme designed to help practicing church musicians to develop the skills and understanding that they need for their role, and to equip those who want to be able to lead music in worship. Further details are available here.

All are encouraged to support those who will receive their certificates, by attending the service which begins at 5pm.

RSCM Festival Service

Saturday, 26 May 2012 at 2:00 PM

St John's Church, Malone

An opportunity for choirs to come together to sing new and familar music. The afternoon will end with a festival service of praise.

Please contact Emma Gibbins (Secretary, Northern Ireland committee) for further details:

T: +44 (0) 7952 514117

E: Emma Gibbins

Psalm Day

Saturday, 11 February 2012 at 10:00 AM

Renehan Hall, St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Co Kildare

RSCM Ireland, in association with the National Centre for Liturgy, will host a Psalm Day on Saturday 11 February 2012. The day will involve papers and discussions on the nature of psalmody, the history of the psalms we sing as well as highlighting the challenges facing musicians in dealing with psalms.

There will also be some practical discussion on the various types of psalm setting which we use and help participants to come to a greater understanding of the wealth and beauty of the texts and the settings which aim to bring them to life. The day will conclude with an ecumenical service of evening prayer.

TIMETABLE:

10.00: Coffee and Registration
10.30-13.00: Session 1: Psalms - History and Context
Fr Michael Mullins: ‘The Psalms: God’s People at Prayer’
Dr Ursula O’Donovan: The role of the psalms in the Reformation Church
Fr Senan Furlong OSB: ‘Psallite Sapienter: Psalmody and Monastic Life’

13.00-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.30: Session 2: Psalms - Repertoire and Practice
A presentation by Fr Paul Kenny and the Revd Peter Thompson on aspects of psalm singing

16.00: Rehearsal

16.30: An Ecumenical Celebration of Evening Prayer

To book a place, please download the booking form here. The cost (including lunch) is €25.

Festival Service with Simon Lole

Saturday, 14 May 2011 at 10:30 AM

St Bride's Church Hall & Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast

Cost: tbc

For further details please contact: Emma Gibbins (M) +44 (0)7952 514 117 (E)

Award Winners' Service

Saturday, 02 October 2010 at 5:00 PM

St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

Dublin's historic St Patrick's Cathedral will be filled with the sound of choristers, taken from Ireland's churches and cathedrals, this Saturday, 2 October, as RSCM Voice for Life award winners are presented with their certificates.

A number of young singers have achieved success in their Bronze, Silver or Gold Voice for Life awards examinations during the past academic year. RSCM Ireland, in association with St. Patrick's Cathedral, is marking the success of these young people by inviting them to sing alongside altos, tenors and basses taken from the choirs from which they come.

"The commitment of all these people as choir members enables and enhances worship in their churches week by week, and we celebrate their ministry as choristers" says Peter Parshall, co-ordinator of RSCM Ireland.

Presenting the certificates will be the Dean of St. Patrick's, the Very Revd Robert McCarthy, and the choirs represented are St. Bartholomew's Church Choir, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, St. Mary's Cathedral Choir, Limerick, the Palestrina Choir of St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, and the hosts, St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir.

The RSCM's Voice for Life training scheme provides a framework for choral singers to develop their vocal skills, their musical and liturgical understanding and their knowledge of repertoire. The scheme comes with a range of teaching material and supporting resources and gives plenty of advice on the practicalities of running a choir. It is intended to enable choir trainers and teachers to train their choir or group more effectively, and to help singers grow as people as well as musicians. For more information about Voice for Life why not take a look at the RSCM's website www.rscm.com

All are encouraged to support our young people by attending the service of Evensong which begins at 5.00pm.

John Rutter

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Details to be announced.

Republic Committee Meeting

Sunday, 14 March 2010 at 7:15 PM

St Bartholomew's Church, Ballsbridge

The next meeting of the Republic of Ireland committee will take place on Sunday 14th March at St Bartholomew’s Church, Clyde Road, Dublin 4, beginning at 7.15pm, immediately after Choral Evensong at 6.00pm, to be sung by the Girls and Gents and to which all are warmly invited.

Going with the Flow

Friday, 29 January 2010 at 6:45 PM

Christ Church Presbyterian, Rathgar, Dublin 6

A workshop exploring how music can contribute to (or work against) good structural purposes in worship, presented by the Rev. Peter Moger, National Worship Development Officer for the Church of England.

The workshop will investigate why worship is structured as it is together with the theology that this expresses before going on to look at how music can enable that structure to come alive.

Entrance: FREE

NOTE: The workshop will be followed by an organ recital at 20:00 to be given by Dr Eric Sweeney as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Christ Church, Rathgar. Tickets for the recital are charged at €10.00 (€8.00), available at the door.

Looking forward to Christmas

Saturday, 17 October 2009 at 2:00 PM

St. Mark's Parish Church, Newtownards, Co. Down.

An afternoon for all choir directors, organists, and pianists.

Michael McCracken (Down Cathedral) and Stephen Shaw (St. Mark’s, Newtownards) will be explaining how the work of the RSCM is going to be revitalised in Northern Ireland to give assistance and support to affiliated choirs from all over the Province. Today’s session starts with the leaders.

In addition, resources for Advent and Christmas will be made available. Pieces will be sung and rehearsed/discussed.

Refreshments provided.

St Mark’s is on Church Street in Newtonards.


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Voice for Life Awards Service

Saturday, 19 September 2009 at 5:00 PM

Christ Church Cathedral Dublin

We will be celebrating the success of some 45 Voice for Life award winners with a special service at Christ Church. Evensong will be sung by the award winners, together with the altos, tenors and basses of Christ Church Cathedral Choir. All are very warmly welcome to attend to celebrate the achievements of our young (and not so young) Church musicians. There will be refreshments in the cathedral’s crypt after the service.

Summer Fun

Monday, 17 August 2009

St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin
Directed by Blanaid Murphy

St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral are hosting “Summer Fun” - singing workshops for 14-18 year old girls and boys.

The course will be run by Blanaid Murphy, Director of the Palestrina Choir and participants will have the opportunity to improve their voices and vocal technique, sing in small ensembles and groups and to have fun singing with others.

Course participants will also sing at the 6.00pm Mass on Saturday 22 August in the Pro-Cathedral. Course fees are €100 and bookings must be received by 3rd August.

Download: summer-fun-brochure-2009.pdf (PDF - 3.3MB)

Solemn High Mass

Saturday, 15 August 2009 at 4:00 PM

St Patrick's Church, Donegall Street, Belfast

Schola Gregoriana of Belfast (Directed by Eamon Manning) will be singing at a Solemn High Mass (Usus Antiquior) for the Feast of the Assumption on Saturday 15th August at 4.00pm.

The Mass takes place at St Patrick’s Church, Donegall Street in Belfast. This will be the first Solemn High Mass in Belfast for at least 45 years.

Download: Event Poster (PDF - 7.8MB)

Cathedral Course

Monday, 10 August 2009

Singing Week in Christ Church Cathedral Dublin
Directed by Judy Martin

The RSCM cathedral courses offer the chance to sing daily evensong and Sunday services in some of the finest cathedrals in the UK and Ireland. In 2009, the courses take place in Edinburgh, Dublin and Winchester.

The Dublin cathedral week is hosted in Christ Church Cathedral during the week of 10th-16th August 2009. The course will sing daily Evensongs in the cathedral from Tuesday to Sunday, as well as Eucharist and Evensong on Sunday.

RSCM Ireland Festival (NI)

Saturday, 09 May 2009 at 1:15 PM

Down Cathedral, Downpatrick
Michael McCracken (director), Stephen Hammill (organist)

Booklet CoverOne of two Festival singing days taking place simultaneously in Downpatrick and Dublin. The highlight the RSCM calendar. Last year nearly 250 people enjoyed this event. Book now to ensure your place!

Music includes: Plainsong, Tallis, Mozart, Elgar & Ives plus well-known hymns.

Music booklets now available. Contact Michael McCracken on 028 4461 4516 (email music@mikemcc.wanadoo.co.uk)

Cost (includes booklet and entrance on 9 May): RSCM members £10.00 per person. £8.00 for groups of ten or more. Non-members £12.00 per person. £10.00 for groups of ten or more.

Registration: 1.15pm
Rehearsal: 2.00pm
Festival Service: 5.00pm

Evening organ recital by Stephen Hammill at 7.30pm

Download: Festival Booking Form 2009 NI (pdf)

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been postponed until the autumn. A combination of adverse factors has led us to take this decision, which we very much regret. This is, however, a postponement, rather than a cancellation, and we will announce a new date once it has been set.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this has caused you. If you have already booked your places and would like a refund of the booking fees, please contact the Hon. Treasurer, Mark Bowyer on markcbowyer@gmail.com in the first instance. Otherwise, we will refrain from banking any money until a new date has been set and everyone has been notified.

RSCM Ireland Festival (Republic)

Saturday, 09 May 2009 at 1:15 PM

St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin
Judy Martin (director), Peter Barley (organist)

Booklet CoverOne of two Festival singing days taking place simultaneously in Downpatrick and Dublin. The highlight the RSCM calendar. Last year nearly 250 people enjoyed this event. Book now to ensure your place!

Music includes: Plainsong, Tallis, Mozart, Elgar & Ives plus well-known hymns.

Music booklets now available. Contact Peter Barley on 01 453 9472 (email peter.barley@stpatrickscathedral.ie) or Mark Bowyer on 086 865 8047 (email markcbowyer@gmail.com).

Cost (includes booklet and entrance on 9 May): RSCM members €12.00 per person. €10.00 for groups of ten or more. Non-members €15.00 per person. €13.00 for groups of ten or more.

Registration: 1.15pm
Rehearsal: 1.30pm
Festival Service: 4.00pm

Download: Festival Booking Form 2009 ROI (pdf)

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been postponed until the autumn. A combination of adverse factors has led us to take this decision, which we very much regret. This is, however, a postponement, rather than a cancellation, and we will announce a new date once it has been set.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this has caused you. If you have already booked your places and would like a refund of the booking fees, please contact the Hon. Treasurer, Mark Bowyer on markcbowyer@gmail.com in the first instance. Otherwise, we will refrain from banking any money until a new date has been set and everyone has been notified.

Come and Sing Stainer Crucifixion

Saturday, 21 March 2009

St Bartholomew's Church, Clyde Road, Dublin 4
Directed by Fraser Wilson

Sparrow-Simpson’s appalling doggrel set to Stainer’s squalid music, is a monument to the inane (Kenneth Long in The Music of the English Church)

Is it? Love it or hate it, The Crucifixion is an enduring memorial to this fascinating man. Come and find out for yourself.

1.45pm ~ Registration for Singers
2.00pm ~ Rehearsal
5.00pm ~ Performance

Singers participation €12.00 (RSCM Affiliates €10.00). Audience members €2.00. Scores can be hired or bought from us in advance.

To book your place email music [at] stbartholomews.ie or call 01 668 8522.

Gregorian Chant Workshop

Saturday, 28 February 2009 at 11:00 AM

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8

A workshop exploring the versatility of plainsong. Led by Eamonn Manning of Schola Gregoriana Belfast. Finishing with Vespers sung to chant be the workshop participants. 11.00am - 6.00pm.

In Every Corner Sing! World Songs for Worship

Friday, 09 January 2009 at 7:30 PM

St George & St Thomas Church, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin 1
Led by Geoff Weaver

Chase away those post-Christmas blues! Come along and explore the riches contained in this new collection, led by the expert in this field.

Featuring songs from America to Zimbabwe, this new collection is an invaluable resource for churches and schools, introducing diverse and vibrant repertoire reflecting different approaches to God’s world.

Presented by RSCM Ireland and the Discovery Gospel Choir
€10 per person.
Nearest parking in Clery’s Multi-Storey carpark.

Christ Church Lectures: Let Your Women Keep Silence in the Church

Saturday, 06 December 2008 at 2:00 PM

Song School, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

One of a series of Christ Church educational lectures and classes, organised for the Gap Year Scholars of the cathedral choir. Also open for RSCM Affiliates free of charge. 90 minute talk exploring the role of women in church music through the ages, given by Aisling Kenny.

Come and Sing Fauré Requiem

Saturday, 08 November 2008 at 2:30 PM

St Bartholomew's Church, Clyde Road, Dublin 4

Event PosterCome and sing Gabriel Fauré’s matchless setting of the Requiem Mass in the stunning surrounds of St Bartholomew’s Church, Ballsbridge, Dublin.

Registration for singers is at 14.00, with the rehearsal beginning at 14.30.

A liturgical performance of the Requiem (with readings and poetry) will take place at 17.00, to which non-singers are warmly invited.

Singers are asked to bring their own score if possible. Places can be booked by contacting Peter Parshall.

Downloads:
Event Poster [PDF, 296kb]
Booking Form [PDF, 132kb]

Christ Church Lectures: Four Part Choral-Tune Harmonisations

Saturday, 01 November 2008 at 2:00 PM

Song School, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

One of a series of Christ Church educational lectures and classes, organised for the Gap Year Scholars of the cathedral choir. Also open for RSCM Affiliates free of charge. 90 minute talk on Invertible Counterpoint given by Simon MacHale.

Inspire The Song

Thursday, 02 October 2008 at 7:00 PM

St Paul's Retreat, Mount Argus Church, Dublin

event posterWorkshop for singers, choir trainers, and organists.

Led by:

  • Áine Mulvey ~ Mezzo Soprano and Music Co-ordinator at Mount Agnus
  • Gráinne Doherty ~ Lecturer in Theology, All Hallows College
  • Peter Parshall ~ Co-ordinator RSCM Ireland

A workshop in three parts

  • The role and placement of music within the Liturgy
  • New approaches to repertoire
  • Inspiring your congregation to sing

Downloads
Inspire The Song - Poster
Inspire The Song - Booking Form

Voice for Life Award Winners' Service

Saturday, 27 September 2008 at 5:00 PM

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

A special Evensong service will take place in Christ Church Cathedral, sung by 25 young people who are all Bronze, Silver or Gold Voice for Live award winners. The singers are all members of either the Palestrina Choir of the Pro Cathedral, St Bartholomew’s Church Ballsbridge, or Christ Church Girls Choir.

During the service, the award winners will be presented with their certificates by the Dean of Christ Church, the Very Revd Dermot Dunne, together with the Administrator of St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Canon John Flaherty.

The music will be directed by RSCM Ireland Education Officer, Ms Judy Martin, and the award winners will sing alongside the lay vicars of the cathedral choir.

Christ Church Lectures: A Goodly Heritage

Saturday, 20 September 2008 at 2:00 PM

Song School, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

One of a series of Christ Church educational lectures and classes, organised for the Gap Year Scholars of the cathedral choir. Also open for RSCM Affiliates free of charge. 90 minute talk given by Sue Hemmens.

Pipeworks Festival 2008

Friday, 20 June 2008

Dublin, Dundalk, Kilkenny, Galway and Wexford

Pipeworks_festival_web.jpg2008 sees the return of the tri–annual Pipeworks Festival. Based around the Dublin International Organ Competition at Christ Church Cathedral, the festival takes place over ten days from 20 to 29 June.

The Pipeworks Festival website has full details and how you can become involved. Visit www.pipeworksfestival.com or call the administrator at 085 7868860.

Pipeworks presents a diverse and exciting programme for its thirteenth festival. This year’s programme includes performances by organ virtuosi from the UK, France, Germany, the USA and Sweden; sees sixteen young, aspiring organists from Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Russia, South Korea, the UK and the USA compete to win the Dublin International Organ Competition; features beautifully programmed concerts performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the National Chamber Choir; and presents a silent film with live organ accompaniment.

2008 sees the festival expanding to include recital trips to Dundalk and the beautiful cathedral city of Kilkenny with associated recitals in Galway and Wexford. Performances by the Silesian University choir from Gliwice, Poland and the National Chamber Choir acknowledge the great choral traditions of Eastern Europe

The festival also presents Ireland’s major celebration of the centenary of Olivier Messiaen’s birth, with performances of all his organ works as well as some of his choral and orchestral music. In short, a wonderful array of concerts, recitals, and masterclasses in the country’s finest churches, cathedrals and concert halls.

Gregorian Chant Workshop

Saturday, 24 May 2008 at 9:30 AM

St Bride's Hall, 48 Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast

Schola Gregoriana of Belfast will be hosting a Gregorian Chant Workshop, building on the success and subsequent demand from the workshop it hosted in October 2007. This year the workshop will be directed by Mr Nick Gale, an experienced choral director of both adults and children and a noted authority on early Church Music. Mr Gale is currently Director of Music at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, and Head of Academic Music at the London Oratory School - both renowned for excellence in the use and promotion of Gregorian Chant.

Saturday 24th May 2008, 9.30am-4.30pm (ending with Sung Mass). Cost: £10 including Refreshments and Resources. To register telephone 0044 (0)7594 172 093 or email workshop@scholagregoriana.org.uk Visit www.scholagregoriana.org.uk for further and updated details.



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