The Guild of Church Musicians
The Guild exists to encourage all musicians within the church, whether amateur or professional, to foster the highest attainable standards of music in the worship of Almighty God. The membership is interdenominational, being open to all branches of the Christian Church. Until 1988 it was mainly Anglican, but in that Centenary Year the Archbishop of Canterbury invited the Archbishop of Westminster to become a joint patron.
The membership is international with members in many parts of the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Canada and the USA.
The membership meets at an Annual Day Conference, which includes the Annual General Meeting, usually held on the Saturday before the first Monday in May. It is held in different parts of England, often as the guests of a cathedral. All members are encouraged to attend and so share in the fellowship of the Guild. Details of the programme and the venue are given in the Year Book which is supplied to all members.
LICENTIATE OF THE GUILD OF CHURCH MUSICIANS
The Guild Council has approved a qualification of Licentiate of The Guild of Church Musicians (LGCM). This will be awarded to those who have completed Part I of the FGCM irrespective of whether they proceed to the Fellowship.
A hood has been designed for this new qualification and the first recipients will be presented to Bishop Stephen Platten at The Guild's Presentation Service on 24th November 2015 at St. Michael's, Cornhill.
Enquiries about the LGCM can be made to the Fellowship Secretary, whose details are shown elsewhere on the website.
John Ewington, OBE, MA, FGCM.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of John Ewington, general secretary emeritus of the Guild, on 14 August 2015 after an illness, bravely fought. John served as secretary general of the Guild for more than 30 years with great distinction and energy. Even after he "retired", he continued organising the annual AGM and away-days at cathedral cities, including this year's meeting in Oxford and next year's in Rochester. He was actively involved in the administration of the Guild in the weeks before his death. Our prayers go to his widow and children. May he rest in peace.