Awards for choristers: Bronze, Silver and Gold

2020 Chorister Exams

Exams will take place on the 14th March at St John’s Church, Cambridge.

Successful candidates will be presented with their awards at the Diocesan festival in Ely Cathedral.

You can download an entry form for the 2020 exam from here.

Please submit your entry form by 1st March 2020.

The cost this year is £27. Cheques made payable to “RSCM Cambridgeshire Area” please.

Please see here for the current exam syllabus

Please contact the awards administrator Elizabeth Trenchard for further details.

Tips on preparing for awards:

  1. Pay attention to breathing and phrasing in the sung pieces, make sure your voice is supported by good breath control.
  2. Encourage candidates to read the Good candidates/Poor candidates section of the syllabus for general tips and guidance- might save choir trainers time in rehearsal!
  3. Don’t forget to do plenty of sight singing and aural practice before hand – this section can be the difference between pass/fail, or merit/distinction.
  4. Talk through your chosen season and bible references etc. for Section E with your parish priest – prepare what you want to talk about in the exam.

Child Protection

Choir Directors should ensure that parental/guardian permission is obtained prior to entering children (U18) as candidates for the RSCM Awards. Parents/guardians are reminded that this examination will take place in a room with only the candidate and the examiner present (unless otherwise informed when details are confirmed after applications have been received). There will be another adult supervisor present outside the room, and this person, as well as the examiner, will have fulfilled all RSCM child protection clearance procedures. If Choir Directors intend to bring U18 candidates without parents/guardians present, they will need to have a completed permission slip signed by the candidate’s parents/guardians. A template for this is available. Please contact Elizabeth Trenchard ( for details or further information.