Originally known as the School of English Church Music, its aims have not altered with the passing years. It exists to raise standards and promote music in the worship of all Christian denominations.
This it does by means of training courses for singers and instrumentalists at local, regional and national level, offering specialist help to suit all needs, ages and experience, publishing a wide range of church music and supplying music from any publisher, and enabling people to meet across communities and Christian denominations.
Churches and educational institutions may become Affiliates, and so entitled to all the benefits, upon payment of an annual fee (in Ireland this is £45stg.); individuals may become Friends upon payment of an annual subscription (minimum currently £20), and are entitled to a number of benefits.
The RSCM is a registered charity (No. 312828) and a company limited by guarantee, registered in London No. 250031.
It now has 7,250 affiliated churches and schools and 3,900 Friends worldwide. Approximately 100 Affiliates are in Northern Ireland and 50 in the Republic of Ireland.
The Director-General is Professor John Harper.
International Headquarters is at Cleveland Lodge, Westhumble, DORKING, Surrey, England RH5 6BW. Tel. 01306/872800
The Regional Director is Gordon Appleton, Tel. 01765/606260
The Irish Chairman is John Crothers, Tel. 01846/675803
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