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About RSCM Scotland

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About RSCM Scotland

RSCM Scotland is part of the Royal School of Church Music, an educational, ecumenical and international Christian charity committed to enabling the best use of music (of whatever style, appropriate to the local situation) in worship, church life, and the wider community.

The future of the RSCM in Scotland

We have been fully involved in lengthy discussions, over Winter 2018–19, about the structure of the RSCM as it affects our work in church music, here in Scotland.

Map of RSCM regions within the British Isles

A new RSCM structure for UK and Ireland is being rolled out from Salisbury and began with what is now called Region One – covering North and North West England.

We have looked, in detail, at a number of options for Scotland, producing a rigorous review of what we actually do, and had a meeting with the RSCM's Director, Hugh Morris, in Edinburgh in February 2019.

Much of the responsibility for progress has fallen on the shoulders of our Chair, Patricia Lynch, and we are most grateful for her dedication and assiduousness.

Outcome

In August 2019 Ian Munro was appointed Volunteer Team Leader for Scotland. Ian is responsible for overseeing the work of the RSCM in Scotland. The existing committee structure remains in place and the running of RSCM courses and events in Scotland will be undertaken by them.

Our aims

RSCM Scotland aims

  • to support all the Scottish Churches in their music-making
    by offering encouragement, advice and training to all
  • to enable the provision of music in church for the future
  • to support members who are trying to keep music alive in their churches

Our objectives

To support our members through

  • practical and applied programmes of education and training
  • engaging with young people in singing
    • through Young Voices Festivals
  • making music at the highest possible level
  • music-making at festivals, courses and small-scale events
  • music and training resources
  • together with information, advice and guidance to serve the Churches by
    • encouraging music-making in general, and singing in particular
    • providing training in essential skills for church music
    • developing understanding of music in the Church's ministry and worship
      • through reflection days
      • support for students on the Foundation Degree for Church Music and in its former existence, Sacred Music Studies
    • encouraging good music everywhere through fostering outreach from local churches into the community

Help us to help you!

Ian Munro, Volunter Team Leader

Ian Munro at organ of St Luke's, Paisley

Ian Munro holds music degrees from Edinburgh Napier University and Goldsmiths, University of London where he trained as a percussionist. Coming from a family with two Church of Scotland ministers and innumerable parish church organists, it seemed inevitable Ian would enter the Church music profession at some point.

The music of the Church has always had a special place in his heart and in September 2013 Ian was appointed to the position of Organist & Choirmaster of St. Luke’s Church of Scotland in Paisley – a position he has held since. Music plays an important part of the liturgy at St. Luke’s: the choir sings an introit and two anthems most Sundays, a small praise band (comprising a flute, violin, trumpet and piano) leads worship every few weeks, and on four Sundays a year worship is accompanied by a string group and a brass group. Outside Sunday worship, January 2018 saw the launch of Music at Noon – a monthly lunchtime concert series to raise money for the Organ Fund.

When not playing at St. Luke’s, Ian is on the instrumental teaching staff of St. Aloysius’ College in Glasgow and has held teaching posts at Edinburgh Napier University, Junior Napier Music and St. Columba’s School, Kilmalcom. In 2013 Ian founded the Edinburgh Festival Ensemble which performs annually at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Ian is entering his third season as Musical Director of the Kilmarnock and District Choral Union and is about to take up the baton of the Pentland Singers near Edinburgh.

Ian is engaged to Carla and is learning Brazilian Portuguese.

RSCM Scotland Committee

The voluntary committee consists of the following members:

  • Chair: Pat Lynch
  • Secretary: Lorraine Fraser
  • Treasurer: Lorraine Fraser (pro tem)
  • Awards Administrator: Kirsten Mann
  • Education and Training:
    • Exploring Music & Worship: Pat Lynch
    • Organ: Robin Bell
  • Publicity: David Sutherland
  • Safeguarding: Pat Lynch
  • Young People (education & training): Steven McIntyre
  • without portfolio: Pam Barrowman
  • without portfolio: Nicola Lawrence

Consultants

We have several consultants, including:

  • Revd Marion Paton (Church of Scotland minister and musician; former Chair)
  • Revd Dr Martin Ritchie (Church of Scotland minister and musician)

Contacting us

You can email members of the committee, using the format [firstname]@rscmscotland.org, e.g. ezekiel@rscmscotland.org