“Strengthen for service”: New music course for clergy and laity.

OrganThe Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) is launching a new course for clergy and lay worship leaders to give them more confidence in managing music in their parish churches. Strengthen for service will take place in mid-September in Salisbury, Wiltshire; it’s a three day course for those in training or in the early stages of their ministry. This particular course, which is Anglican in content, would also be relevant for anyone wanting to boost their knowledge and confidence in parish music matters.

DIARY: Tuesday 16th – Thursday 18th September 2014
Sarum College, 19 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EB

During the course, delegates will be given guidance on the running of music from week to week, including the effective musical selection of hymns, songs and regular items through the church year. The main element will be training in church music management including the leading of a team, as well as up-to-date advice on safeguarding procedures for choirs where children are likely to be involved. There will be a number of practical sessions, a range of study options, and clinics to address specific issues. The course will also include a timeline of church music history, and an overview on different types of psalms, and how to sing them.
Strengthen for service has been devised by Rosemary Field, the RSCM’s Head of Education, who as a former diocesan music adviser, believes there is a need for some clergy to understand how music and liturgy can work effectively. “For a long time, the syllabus for theological training has been packed with subjects such as Pastoral and Biblical Studies as well as Ministry and Mission, and often there’s little, if any, time left for Music and Liturgy,” she said. “It’s not only about being able to sing ‘O Lord open thou our lips’ – this crash course is intended to give those who attend more confidence and knowledge in dealing with an important aspect of worship.”
As members of the RSCM, many clergy and lay leaders already take advantage of the charity’s information and training resources, by receiving the popular liturgy and music planner Sunday by Sunday. This course is the RSCM’s latest initiative to expand musical knowledge among clergy and lay leaders. It will take place from 16th to 18th September 2014 in Sarum College (which is also where the RSCM’s Administrative Centre is based) in the majestic and beautiful setting of the Cathedral Close. Worship will be scheduled to take place in the college chapel and the cathedral.
For further information and online booking, go to www.rscm.com/courses; telephone 01722 424843 or email education@rscm.com. Please book by 25th June.

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