Many congratulations to the Senior Chamber Choir members who have just passed their Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Dean’s and Bishop’s Awards. The following were all successful in the Dean’s Award: Beth Spink passed with Merit and Maia Hanbury-Tenison, Holly Kitson, Rosanna Rowe and Izzy Stacey all passed with Distinction.
Alina Nuta was very successful in the prestigious Bishop’s Award and passed with Distinction. All the girls were presented with their distinctive green and purple ribbons by the Dean and Bishop at a special service at Truro Cathedral.
This national examination tests a wide range of knowledge and understanding. Not only did everyone have to perform up to four pieces of music, perform aural and sight-singing tests, but they had to undertake a very rigorous and lengthy viva-voce exam, answering questions on the Church’s calendar, liturgy, suitable music for the different services and seasons within the church, compare, contrast and analyse anthems and discuss their musical experience and contribution within the choir too – no mean feat.
St Joseph’s has been entering candidates for the Dean’s Award since 1995 and the Bishop’s Award since 1999 and, according to RSCM Headquarters, has had the highest total number of successful RSCM Dean’s and Bishop’s Award winners in the whole of the South West.
Well done to them all!