The Church Music Society

Registered Charity No. 290309

President: The Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham


The CMS exists to promote the use of church music of the highest quality for the diverse needs of the Christian Church.

We seek to enable performers and worship leaders, composers and scholars, by publishing church music, new and old, not otherwise commercially available, and by providing a platform for research and educational material.

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Music for the liturgical year from Ash Wednesday to Trinity Sunday. The CMS catalogue has a rich and varied selection of music for Lent, Passiontide, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost and Trinity Sunday for a wide range of different musical resources.  Click here for details.

For celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, two works written for the Coronation of Queen Anne are suitable: Jeremiah Clarke's Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem and William Turner's The Queen shall rejoice.

Forthcoming publications include the Alternative Evening Canticles (Cantate Domino & Deus misereatur) for double choir by Frederick Ouseley, a new setting of verses from Robert Herrick's Litany to the Holy Spirit by Christopher Ouvry-Johns, and a revised edition of the 'Tudor Responses' volume by Watkins Shaw.

Free Music Downloads

In an important new development in the provision of its service to church music, the CMS is now making music submitted by members of the Society - original works, editions and arrangements  - available on its website for downloading, free of charge, for liturgical use only. 

Lectures and Papers

Our Lectures and Papers resource has been now been expanded by the addition of scans of several CMS lectures and papers from the last forty years. There is also a newly submitted paper by our General Editor - Psalms and Hymns in the early nineteenth century: the collections of Jane Clarke and Theophania Cecil – within which are examined the contents of two publications associated with the fashionable chapels-of-ease within the central London parishes of Marylebone and Holborn.  

Please read our Membership page and consider taking up the benefits of becoming a member of the Society.

Please visit our Catalogue through which you can order our titles from our publishers, Oxford University Press, or from Banks Music Publications (with 25% discount from Banks if a Society member).


Royal School of Church Music (RSCM)

Oxford University Press Music Department

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