Saturday, 28 July 2012

Sun Shine Songs

On Friday 17th August, one of the members of RSCM Scottish Voices will be taking part in a free concert entitled Sun Shine Songs in St Baldred's Church in North Berwick, with donations taken on the door for Leuchie House and St Baldred's Church.

It's a concert featuring Chick Lyall, Phil Grieve, Wesley Bradd and Sadie Maskery who together make up the group Eyebroughty, and it's going to be a mixture of jazz, folk and classic summer songs with special guests and buck's fizz (the drink, not the group!).

Not only will it be marvellous, it's for a good cause, so why not take a chance and go along if you're in the area.

Friday, 20 July 2012

New RSCM Director appointed

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The Council of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) has appointed Andrew Reid (pictured), currently Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral, to be the next Director in succession to Lindsay Gray, who is leaving the RSCM this autumn. A start date has yet to be agreed.

Andrew Reid has been Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral since 2004 and before that he served in a number of assistant organist posts including both Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral.

Originally from Sevenoaks in Kent, he studied at Cambridge University where he held organ scholarships at St Catharine’s and Robinson Colleges, studying the instrument with Peter Hurford and David Sanger. In 1994 he performed the complete works of JS Bach in one twenty-five hour recital. As Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral from 1996, and four years later as Sub Organist of Westminster Abbey, he accompanied both resident choirs in recordings, broadcasts and on tour. He also played the organ for occasions of national significance including the funeral of Cardinal Basil Hume and the state funeral of the Queen Mother in Westminster Abbey.  At Peterborough Cathedral, he has directed the Cathedral Choirs of boys, girls and lay clerks in live broadcasts of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3, has performed with renowned groups such as His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts and Charivari Agréable, toured the Netherlands, Ireland and France, and has given many concerts within the UK.

Andrew Reid is looking forward to the new post. “I am delighted and honoured to be appointed Director of the RSCM. As a parish church chorister I greatly benefited from the work of the RSCM, and its inspirational leadership. I look forward to leading the RSCM forward in its work of inspiring, training and encouraging church musicians.”

Commenting on the appointment, Lord Gill, Chairman of the RSCM Council, who also chaired the appointment panel and is Scotland’s most senior judge, said, “Andrew Reid has been chosen from a strong field of candidates. His experience ranges from choral music at cathedral level to the training and encouragement of amateur musicians and singers in the parish churches, including young people. His vision for the RSCM is imaginative and exciting, and we look forward to a successful directorship. Andrew will build on the foundations laid by our departing director, Lindsay Gray, whose contribution to the RSCM has been immense.

The Dean of Peterborough, the Very Reverend Charles Taylor, said, “Although Andrew’s departure will be a real loss to the Cathedral community and the Diocese, we congratulate him on his appointment to a post of national and international significance. He will take with him remarkable gifts of musicianship, choir training and teaching as well as a strong sense of vocation, vision and purpose.”

Thursday, 5 July 2012

New conductor for our sister choir

The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) has appointed a new choral conductor to take over direction of its training choir for singers in the North of England. Robert Poyser will direct RSCM Voices (North) from September 2012.

Robert is also Director of Music at Beverley Minster, and brings to the choir a wealth of choral directing experience, particularly with children, from his work at Beverley and previously at Chelmsford Cathedral. He takes up the post in September, beginning with Evensong at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral at 3.00pm on Saturday 8th September 2012.

Robert succeeds Gordon Appleton, who retires this summer after a long and successful tenure in which he built the choir up to a strong membership of boys, girls and adults.

RSCM Voices are the Royal School of Church Music’s training choirs of singers drawn from affiliated churches around the country. As part of Voice for Life, the RSCM’s singing training scheme, they seek to build upon the work done in parish choirs. “These choirs provide excellent choral training which explores new and challenging repertory in lots of great venues” says Colin Davey, the Programme Manager of Voice for Life. “The remit of the group is to explore ways of encouraging young people in particular to sing, and to give a rounded experience of different kinds of church music, all the while inspiring them to reach the highest possible standard.”

RSCM Voices (North) has a busy programme of singing engagements arranged throughout the region, from Newcastle to Peterborough and from Carlisle to Liverpool. Entry is by audition and further details can be found at the RSCM website,