2009 – York Minster

Monday 10 August – Choral Evensong

  • Preces and responses: Nardone
  • Psalms: 54, 55
  • Canticles: Wood in E flat
  • Anthem: God is Love – Andrew Carter

Tuesday 11 August – Choral Evensong

  • Preces and responses: Grayston Ives
  • Psalms: 59, 60, 61
  • Canticles: Sumsion in A
  • Anthem: The Lord hath been mindful – S.S. Wesley

Wednesday 12 August – Choral Evensong

  • Preces and responses: Tomkins
  • Psalms: 65 & 66 or 66 & 67
  • Canticles: Noble in B minor
  • Anthem: And I saw a new heaven – Bainton

Friday 14 August – Choral Evensong

  • Preces and responses: Tomkins
  • Psalms: 73
  • Canticles: Mendelssohn
  • Anthem: Save us, O Lord – Bairstow

Saturday 15 August (the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary) – Choral Evensong

  • Preces and responses: Grayston Ives
  • Psalms: 132
  • Canticles: Daniel Purcell
  • Anthem: Ave Maria – Robert Parsons

Sunday 16 August Choral Eucharist

  • Communion setting: Prince of Peace – W.S. Lloyd Webber
  • Motet: I give to you a new commandment – Nardone

Sunday 16 August – Sung Mattins

  • Preces and responses: Bernard Rose
  • Psalms: 106: 1-10
  • Te Deum: Stanford in B flat
  • Jubilate: Stanford in B flat
  • Anthem: Hear my Prayer – Batten

Sunday 16 August – Choral Evensong

  • Preces and responses: Rose
  • Psalms: 100
  • Canticles: Brewer in D
  • Anthem: Let Saints on earth – Anthony Caesar

ECS Members Area

The ECS members area gives access to resources relating to ECS events.  If you do not yet have a user id for the site, please contact Andrew.

For the programmes for the upcoming visits, please click on Upcoming Events in the members’ menu on the left hand side. 

Voice for Life – Gold

The Gold Award is the highest award within the RSCM, and replaces the St Nicolas and St Cecilia awards. Usually candidates have done the Bronze and Silver Awards before going on to Gold.

The examiners are based in the UK, exams are taken twice a year (deadline, dates and venues are on the RSCM website). Occasionally an examiner comes to our area, so the possibility is there for taking exams here. 

Please go to the Gold award syllabus and page on the main RSCM website.


Each year the RSCM North West Europe organizes a number of singing or organ workshops.

Choral workshops are normally led by a visiting choir director from the UK and aim to give singers some technical training as well as the opportunity to sing through some new music.

Our most recent choral workshop was held in the Hague in February 2017 – a day of early music led by Organist and Choral Director Christina Edelen. 

You can read a summary of the workshop held on the 25th April at St Mary’s Church, Rotterdam, led by Matthew Beetschen  here.


The following Choral Workshop will be:







Choral Festivals

The RSCM North West Europe organizes an annual Choral Festival for the Archdeaconry, which is hosted in either The Netherlands, Belgium or Luxembourg.  The festival is usually led by a conductor from the UK, and culminates in a service, usually around 17.00.  The form of the service alternates between a “themed service” (for example, in 2007 the theme of the service was Music) and a choral evensong, the core of the Anglican musical tradition.

In 2016 the Choral Festival was hosted by the Anglican Church in Ghent. An Evensong using the RSCM Festival Book ‘Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done’ (Magna Carta). Without this Festival book admittance to the choir is not permitted.

Alistair Warwick, RSCM co-ordinator for Scotland, conducted the choir.

Preces and Responses Thomas Ebdon, we will do Sumsion in A, and anthems by Bernadette Farrel, Malcolm Archer and Margaret Rizza. 

Information for the day can also be found on our Facebook page: RSCM NW Europe & European Cathedral Singers. 

The 2017 choral festival will be held in The Hague.