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Deans' Chorister Award 

Church Music Award for Choristers under the patronage of the Deans of Brentwood and Chelmsford

The Deans' Chorister Award for the two dioceses was launched in October 2006 and the first examinations held in 2007. Like the Bishops' Chorister awards, it is ecumenically based and under the joint patronage of the Deans of Brentwood and Chelmsford.

(validated at RSCM Bronze Standard)

This Award is open to candidates of all ages and voices and is open to all choristers in church or school choirs within the area covered by the Roman Catholic diocese of Brentwood and the Anglican diocese of Chelmsford. The Award is also open to choristers of other denominations in this area and to individual church singers and cantors.

The purpose of the Award is to encourage musicianship, loyalty and a growing awareness of faith in choristers, and to give a tangible recognition of such a standard.

Examinations are held twice yearly in May and October, with the Awards Ceremony - held jointly with that for the Bishops' Chorister Award - in January of the following year, alternately at Chelmsford or Brentwood Cathedrals.

There is no written section and the exam is in one part only. Candidates will be required to demonstrate their singing abilities through a series of tests involving both prepared and unprepared work, sight singing and general musicianship. Candidates will also expected to show their understanding of their prepared pieces and how other music with which they are familiar fits into a seasonal, liturgical context. Via a written testimonial from their choirtrainer, candidates should demonstrate a strong level of commitment to their choirs.

All examiners are RSCM validated.

Successful candidates will be presented with a certificate and be entitled to wear the Award's medallion. The certificate will also reflect whether the candidate has met the required criteria for Merit (Commended) or a Distinction (Highly Commended), as defined in the syllabus.

The entry fee from 2017 is £25. The cost of a medallion remains unchanged at £10.

Currently, all entries must be made via the Administrator, NOT via RSCM as stated on the form as this faciity has not yet been set up for RSCM-EEL.

Cheques should be made payable to "Deans' Chorister Award Account"

For any further information please contact the Administrator:

John Cox 

Sample Exam Materials for Aural Awareness and Sight-reading

Sample tests for both bronze and silver awards, together with advice for preparing for examinations, can be found in the RSCM publication The Voice for Life Guide to Musicianship available from the RSCM Shop. This link will take you to the book itself where you can view sample pages.

RSCM-EEL Deans’ Chorister (Bronze) Award

Dates for 2018

  • Last date of entry for the May examination is 21st April 2018
  • Examination: Saturday 19th May at Chelmsford Cathedral Learning Centre
  • Last date of entry for the October examination is 15th September 2018
  • Examination: Saturday 13th October at Brentwood Cathedral Song School
  • Awards Ceremony: Saturday 19th January 2019 at Chelmsford Cathedral


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