Devon Area

Resourcing and encouraging your church's music for worship

RSCM Devon is a thriving part of the work of the Royal School of Church Music, an ecumenical body which is committed to achieving the best use of good music in worship – whatever the resources, whatever the styles.

We seek to serve churches of every denomination and musical tradition and to organise training sessions and special services and events which will give church musicians the skills and resources they need to lift and inspire the worship of their churches through the gift of music.

Members of affiliated choirs and music groups, individual members and Friends to receive these benefits:

  • Regular information about Area and regional events by email, in addition to publicity in ‘The Network’ national handbook published quarterly.
  • Quarterly issues of the informative national CMQ magazine
  • Discounts at RSCM Devon events, and when purchasing music from the RSCM Shop
  • The support of local and national advisers who make visits and lend their expertise where required. Music leaders, organists and choir directors can call on advice and support, as can clergy and church leaders when problems arise.
  • Knowing that you are part of a national and regional body which seeks to improve the quality and effectiveness of church music at every level.



Devon Area Newsletter October 2023

RSCM Devon Area October 2023 Newsletter

Dear Devon Members and Friends,

 Saturday 2nd December         Advent Carol Service                                               

Buckfast Abbey                      Rehearsal 1.30,        Service 4.30pm

Our customary start to Advent in the wonderful surroundings of Buckfast Abbey, with traditional carols, hymns and readings. If you haven’t taken part in this service before, then do come along. It’s a wonderful occasion, with lovely music, expert leadership from Matthew and inspiring organ playing from David – not to mention Fr Abbot leading the service. And The Grange is always a good place to get some lunch before the rehearsal and a cup of tea before the service.

Directed by Matthew Searles and accompanied by David Davies

The cost for attending is £7 for adults (those still at school free). We can accept cheques in advance or cards on the day, but at the moment we aren’t able to accept cash,

Please book by 24th November so that we can produce sufficient music copies.

There is no need for members of the congregation to book in advance, but early arrival is recommended as the Abbey Church is usually very full for this service

This event is on a “learn it on the day” basis.


RSCM Future

You may have seen from Hugh Morris’ emails and maybe other things being reported, that RSCM’s area network is being disbanded. Please rest assured that we are working to bring you all the usual events in future, as well as some new and exciting ones. They just won’t be labelled RSCM.  

With best wishes,

Nicholas Brown. (Devon Area Team Leader)              07765 008859


Advent Carol Service at Buckfast Abbey

On a cold, dull afternoon of torrential rain the brightness and warmth of Buckfast Abbey was matched by the friendly welcome we received for our Advent Carol Service.

A choir of about seventy singers filled the front of the Nave and the capacity congregation filled the rest of the available space.

Matthew Searles, the Master of Music at the Abbey, did an excellent job in directing the choir  and David Davies was his usual amazing self at the organ. The service was led by the Abbot of Buckfast and provided a contemplative yet uplifting start to a new Christian year.

Thank you to all those involved



Wedding Planning

Now that the restrictions on of wedding ceremoies in church are beginning to be relaxed, and couples are once again planning their wedding, the following RSCM guide on planning a wedding may be useful. As well as some suggestions for suitable music, it covers advice on copyright and recording of services.

Please note that this document was prepared before COVID restrictions, and currently no congregational singing is permitted, but a small church choir may be used to sing the hymns.

View RSCM wedding planning guide

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