Some of our choristers at a ‘Sing Epiphany’ event at Christ Church Cathedral.
St Nicholas’ Church is affiliated to Royal School of Church Music (RSCM). This gives the musicians at St Nicholas’ access to the wide range of education and training courses, published resources, and activities offered by the RSCM.
Training and Courses
The RSCM organises courses for all those involved in church music whether singers, organists, choir directors, other musicians or music group leaders. Residential and non-residential occur around the country for children, young people and adults of all abilities.
Local committees organise regional events. Members of our choirs attend workshops and area festival services organised by RSCM Oxford,
The RSCM coordinates the Voice for Life Scheme which is used to train the Junior Choir.. A range of materials are published by the RSCM and it also provides the opportunity for choristers to be entered for the externally assessed Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.
Annual Diocesan Choirs’ Festival
RSCM Oxford organises an annual festival service for choirs from across the Oxford Diocese. The service normally takes the form of a choral evensong. All the choirs prepare the music separately then come together for regional practices a week before the service and a final practice in the afternoon with everybody. In recent years, members of the St Nick’s Choirs have attended this Festival at Radley College, Christ Church Cathedral, and St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
RSCM Voices (South)
RSCM Voices groups exist as training choirs to sing services and other events to a high musical standard in cathedrals, churches and other venues throughout England. Entry is by audition for talented young singers (boys, girl and adults). Members of the choirs pay an annual subscription, though concessions are available for RSCM Individual Members and family groups. Young people and those in full time education may apply for bursary assistance.
Some members of St Nicholas’ are part of RSCM Voices (South) and have sung services recently at Ely, Southwalk, Rochester, Arundel and Peterborough Cathedrals to name but a few.