October 25, 2016

RSCM 2016 Celebration Day special for NZ

RSCM’s annual Celebration Day 2016 held 1 Oct at York Minster Cathedral UK had special significance for NZ.
The Evensong Service was the occasion where RSCM awards were presented to world-wide recipients.


Don Whelan (see picture of him on the left), Director of Music for Christchurch’s Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. was there to receive from RSCM Council Chairman, The Rt Hon Lord Brian Gill, an Associate Royal School Church Music (ARSCM) Award (only one of ten round the world granted) for outstanding contributions in connection with Church Music and leadership. Read his valedictory.


Robert Tait, RSCMNZ Communications Councillor and Administrator (see picture), was awarded an HonRSCM (only one of three world-wide) for significant national and international services to the RSCM (he was presented with his Award earlier – on Music Sunday 2016 – by Paul Ellis, President of RSCMNZ.


RSCM UK reports on RSCM Celebration Day 2016.

Saturday 1st October 2016
York Minster
Directed by Andrew Reid, Director of the RSCM and
Robert Sharpe, Director of Music, York Minster.

RSCM Celebration Day 2016 was held at York Minster on Saturday 1st October. This annual service celebrates the work of the RSCM, and is also the occasion on which we recognise those who have contributed to our work and to church music by making presentations of honorary awards.

This year, the event combined with the RSCM North & East Yorkshire Area Festival which provided the basis for a massed choir to lead the music, along with the York Minster Choir. The Bishop of Whitby, Rt Revd Paul Ferguson, gave the address.