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Bronze, Silver and Gold awards
In order to support the choir trainer and affirm the Voice for Life levels achieved within the choir, the RSCM provides a parallel system of awards (Bronze, Silver and Gold) assessed in a formal exam.
Bronze, Silver and Gold awards
- Syllabus for the Bronze & Silver Awards
- Repertoire lists for Bronze and Silver awards
- Gold Award
In some RSCM Areas the Bronze and Silver Awards are called Dean’s and Bishop’s Awards.
Successful candidates are entitled to wear a prestigious medal cast in the appropriately coloured metal (bronze, silver or gold). These are worn on distinctive ribbons: Bronze with a green ribbon, Silver with a purple ribbon and Gold with a dark red ribbon.
Bronze and Silver exam sessions are administered locally. Check ‘local exam information’ on your RSCM Area page for details of sessions and entry.
Gold award is administered centrally. Exams take place in June and November each year, with entry deadlines of 1 May and 1 October respectively. See the Gold award page for more information.
Contact your local branch for information.
How do the awards fit into Voice for Life ?
Voice for Life trains and prepares candidates for the awards. Light Blue and Dark Blue help a candidate prepare for their Bronze award, Red for the Silver award, and Yellow for the Gold award.
Likewise, the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards affirm the Voice for Life levels that have been awarded informally by the choir trainer.
What if a singer doesn’t want to take the awards?
That’s fine! Voice for Life can be used on its own to provide training and motivation to singers within a choir. There is no need to take the awards if your singer is unhappy about undertaking such formal assessments.
Preparing for the awards
Candidates for Bronze and Silver awards should find answers to most of their questions here:
FAQs about Bronze and Silver awards
Those preparing for the Silver award may find this helpful: Source Notes on Silver Award Section E
Get further advice and information about Voice for Life and awards from the Education Administrator on +44 (0)1722 424843 or email [email protected] .
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Singing Awards from RSCM Scotland
Voice for Life Singing Awards
Since the launch of the revised St Andrew’s Awards in Summer 2004, there have been many successful entries, by children and adults.
RSCM-validated awards complement the Voice for Life programme through formal examination:
- The Bronze award (this normally follows successful completion of Voice for Life light blue and dark blue levels)
- The Silver award (this normally follows successful completion of Voice for Life red level)
(The Gold award, which normally follows successful completion of Voice for Life yellow level, is administered by the RSCM centrally .)
These awards are consistent with other singing awards from the RSCM internationally and supersede the previous single award. Although a pass at the old St Andrew’s
Award examination is roughly equivalent to a pass at Silver level, you will need to pass the Silver exam before doing Gold, as the syllabus is more extensive, and the structure of the Silver exam is an important preparatory step to Gold.
Each award has its own syllabus and regulations. These come complete with guidelines to help
prepare the candidate and the choir trainer for the standard expected during the examination.
Examinations are normally held in May and November each year; however, they may also be held at other times (during the Summer School, in Dunblane, for example).
Successful singers will be presented with a certificate or medal at a national or regional event.
Those from robed choirs are entitled to wear a prestigious medal cast in the
appropriately coloured metal (bronze, silver or gold) which are worn on distinctive ribbons.
Bronze awards are worn with a Green ribbon, Silver awards with a Purple ribbon and the Gold award
with a Burgundy ribbon.
Examiners for the awards have attended in-service training and validation meetings, to ensure that the level of marking is consistent and fair across the RSCM international network.
- Bronze: £30
- Silver: £40
Medals for successful candidates are (currently) £23, if desired.
- More details about the singing exams can be found here
Contact Kirsten Mann (awards(at)rscmscotland.org) if you have any questions about the exams.
Syllabus and Application Form
- download a Bronze and Silver awards syllabus
- download an Application Form
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