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Coronavirus outbreak: we very much regret that all RSCM events have had to be deferred because of the Covid-19 crisis. This means that the annual choirs festival, due to be held in Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday 26th September, will unfortunately not now take place. We look forward to resuming activities as and when government guidance indicates that it is safe to do so.

Meanwhile, RSCM Headquarters has a selection of useful digital offerings, and a page of online resources.C

RSCM Guidance (update 12th November 2020)

Singing is no more risky than talking finds new COVID-19 study
The University of Bristol's important study under Declan Costello has now (August 20th) reported its findings, which show that singing does not produce very substantially more respiratory particles than when speaking at a similar volume. The findings are crucial in providing COVID-19 guidance for live musical performances and the safe distancing of performers and audience.

Founded in 1927 by Sir Sydney Nicholson, organist of Westminster Abbey, to raise standards in church music, the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) offers courses and publications for organists, choirs and choir trainers. Voluntary committees like ours organise local events, while RSCM headquarters runs national ones. The RSCM is the Church of England's music arm, but it also welcomes musicians of other denominations. Both cathedrals and larger churches, on the one hand, and local parish churches can benefit from affiation (pdfs).
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