On Sunday 15th January 2017, members of Saint Leonard’s Parish Church Loftus celebrated the great news, that Loftus Parish is now an affiliated member of the Royal School of Church Music – the RSCM!
Formal affiliation with the RSCM comes within four months of the arrival of Mr Richard Bendelow as our Director of Music and within three months of the reestablishment of a new choir at Saint Leonard’s Parish Church Loftus. The creation of of a new choir in Loftus, during the autumn of 2016, marked the historic return of a church choir to Loftus Parish for the first since 1969, when the previous church choir was disbanded!
Father Adam Gaunt, Rector of Loftus said, “I am delighted that we are now formally affiliated to the RSCM. This is yet another step in our journey to building-up the gift of church music here in East Cleveland. As a parish, we now recommit ourselves to making the best use of music in the service and worship of Almighty God.”
As an affiliated parish, choir members will now be able to make full use of the excellent resources and training made available to church choirs by the Royal School of Church Music.
Saint Leonard’s Parish Church Choir is still recruiting children from across the local area. If any children are interested in joining the new Church Choir, please can their parents or guardians contact Mr Richard Bendelow on 01287 634429 alternatively, simply attend one of our regular Sunday Morning Services, 10:30am at Saint Leonard’s Parish Church Loftus, and make yourselves known to the Director of Music and/or to the Rector at the end of the service.
Further information about the RSCM can be found here https://www.rscm.com