RSCM appoints Rosemary Field as head of Organ Studies2:50, 15th January 2020
The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) has appointed former deputy director Rosemary Field to the newly created role of head of Organ Studies.
Conceived as part of the RSCM’s core mission to promote the study, practice and improvement of music in Christian worship, the new role will drive the development of a range of church-specific courses in organ playing.
‘There are churches struggling to cope with the demands of getting an organist for Sunday worship every week,’ Field explains. ‘The programme will help develop a new generation of players who understand the function of organ music within particular forms of worship.’
An accomplished organist, Field holds the Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO) award and recently taught the 2019 RSCM Organ Scholars’ course. She will oversee the selection of a team of tutors for RSCM in her new role.
RSCM director and FRCO organist Hugh Morris commented: ‘The organ remains a crucial instrument in the worshipping life of the church. It has the potential to lead singing, and to enhance liturgy, better than anything.
‘I know that my own journey as an organist only flourished because there were people who were prepared to invest in giving me as a teenager the skills I needed to play for services; and with a shortage of organists available, we need to work now to inspire the next generation.’