Royal School of Church Music reveals recipients of honorary awards for 2014
18 March 2014
Harry Christophers is to be awarded with a fellowship of the RSCM
The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) has announced the recipients of this year’s honorary awards for outstanding contributions to church music.
Harry Christophers, founder and conductor of The Sixteen, is to be awarded with a fellowship of the RSCM for his work of bringing Renaissance church music in particular, back into the churches and cathedrals for which it was written.
Others who will also be awarded with RSCM fellowships include Dr Stephen Darlington, director of music at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, recognised for maintaining exemplary daily standards of service and performance; foundation dean of Liverpool Hope University and long-standing member of the RSCM council Dr Ian Sharp; and Professor JR (Dick) Watson, Emeritus Professor of English at Durham University, for his contribution to the editing of hymns.
Andrew Reid, Director of the RSCM says of this year’s honorary awards: ‘These awards are made to those who have given great service to church music, whether through the work of the RSCM, or in a number of other ways. I would like to thank everyone who submitted nominations of those whose contribution at local, area, national or international level too often goes unrecognised. We look forward to celebrating the work of this year’s recipients at our Celebration Day’.
The Celebration Day for 2014’s winners will take place at Hereford Cathedral on 4 October 2014. Recipients will be presented with their awards by chairman of the RSCM Council Lord Brian Gill. ‘It always gives me great pleasure to personally present these awards,’ Lord Gill says. ‘They are our annual opportunity to honour and thank those who have given distinguished service to the cause of church music and to RSCM in particular.’
For the full list of those to receive Honorary Awards from the Royal School of Church Music, visit the website.