NATIONAL FEDERATION OF CHURCH MUSICIANS
The National Federation of Church Musicians was the brainchild of the late Eric Hayward and James Holt, but before it could be properly established both sadly passed away. They had planned to create four levels of membership: Member, Associate, Licentiate and Fellow. A simple website was created for the NFCM and a scheme of academic dress was drawn up by Messrs Ede & Ravenscroft. The hoods were planned to be in a similar pattern to the standard NCM simple shape hoods, but with a gold lining instead of lavender.
After the untimely death of Eric Hayward, this sub-division of the College was discovered to be in a rather disorganised state and so the Council decided to withdraw the FNFCM until a decision could be reached about its future purpose.
In 2020, following representations from former recipients of the award who were anxious to see it keep going, the College decided to reinstate the FNFCM but only at Fellowship level. In order to qualify, candidates are expected to demonstrate at least twenty years of fully-documented service in the field of church music in any denomination of the Christian church as an organist, choir director or singer, making the award of the FNFCM a formal recognition of long and distinguished service.
Applications for consideration of this award should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Although there is no reason why candidates should not self-nominate, there may well be occasions when an award might be sought at the instigation of others. Such an approach would be welcomed and discretion assured.
It is hoped that applicants will be prepared to contribute a minimum of £30 to the work of the National College of Music and Arts, London.