Royal School of Church Music - Wakefield Area

Updated 9 March 2017

This is a temporary page for publicising events of interest to members of church choirs in the Wakefield Area.  It is anticipated that this will be soon incorporated into a website for a wider area.  All RSCM affiliated churches have two contact names (in some cases the same person, which rather defeats the purpose of dissemination information as widely as possible), but it may be that other choir members might like to receive information directly.  Also, events organised by the RSCM committee are also open to non-RSCM members (although there may well be a higher cost involved), so we are happy to allow anyone to sign up for emailed information.  In just a few cases, the nominated contacts have not supplied the RSCM with email addresses.  These contacts are sent postal information, but it is not possible always to advertise everything that comes to the attention of the RSCM Committee by post - we can however send out emails conveniently.

RSCM member churches are also invited to let the secretary know of any events they are themselves organising to which they would like to invite others, and we will try to include details with the publicity emails.

If you would like to subscribe to RSCM Wakefield emails, please click on this link and enter your details as requested.  In the CHURCH field, please enter your church name (whether affiliated to RSCM or not), in the format place-dedication (e.g. Holmfirth Holy Trinity, or Honley St. Mary, or Holmfirth Methodist).  If you are not associated with a church, but sing in a secular choir, please enter the choir's name in the CHURCH field (e.g. Holmfirth Choral Society).  If neither of these applies, please enter in the CHURCH field the word INDIVIDUAL.

We currently have almost 100 subscribers to our newsletter emails, and the events we have promoted in recent months have been successful.  However, our committee really does need a few more helpers.   If you are willing to give up just a little time - only around 4 meetings each year, plus taking part in some of the events, do please get in touch.

Ruth Carter is now the secretary of the Area Committee.  She can be contacted by email at

Visit also the RSCM's main website,  - our area page is at

Chorister Award Exams

There is to be a CHORISTER TRAINING COURSE on Saturday 11 March 2017, at St. Giles, Pontefract.  If young choristers thinking about the Bronze (Dean's) or Slver (Bishop's) awards would like to take part, please contact Tom Moore at the cathedral so that material can be made available.(  ).  The course starts at 10am; candidates need to bring a notebook & pencil, a packed lunch, black shoes and robes for the service at 4pm, to which parents and friends are invited.  Parental consent needs to be given in writing (forms available on the day, or from Tom)

The 2017 exam will be held on 20th May.  Further details from our awards administrator, Fiona Fearnley :  07917 198024

Details of the syllabus, and entry forms are available centrally at

The RSCM Sheffield Area - which borders our RSCM area, and offers events sometimes closer than those in our own area - has sent me a copy of their newsletter number 1.  I've made this available if you would like to download a copy (pdf file, approx 800kbytes long) from: SheffieldAreaNewsletter 1.pdf


To publicise events on this page, please email Geoffrey Lockwood