Rosemary Field trained at the RCM where she won prizes for organ-playing and written harmony/counterpoint; she was also in the finals of the St Albans Improvisation contest, and awarded the Tournemire medal. That was all 40 years ago though. Since then she has been on a mission to improve the training available to (volunteer) parish musicians, sometimes in a Diocesan context (Birmingham, Portsmouth, Lincoln) and latterly through the RSCM where she has been Deputy Director (Education, Voluntary Networks, Safeguarding) since 2012. Three current cathedral musicians are among her ex-students, and many parish musicians also started lessons with her in their teens. With adult students she is particularly known for technique-improvement, and is patient and supportive.
Having fallen in love with the sound of Swell to Mixture at (literally) age 3, Rosemary has been accompanying worship since she was 10 and offers sensitivity to the liturgical framework, knowledge of specifics, and a broad cultural experience which is rooted in a love of all things church; she's RC herself, and utterly conversant with Anglican rites and their variety. After all, she has spent 13 years playing for Birmingham and Portsmouth (Anglican) cathedrals, and broadcast many a Radio 3 Evensong; and she's lost count of the parish churches where she's played services and run choirs.
In January 2020 Rosemary will relinquish the Deputy Director responsibilities and become the RSCM's Head of Organ Studies - with the task of brokering a network of students and tutors, writing a curriculum and implementing training. She will also be avialable freelance for concerts, accompaniment, teaching, consultancy work, and of course deputising. She's based in Salisbury but it is highly likely that work will be gathered into days and locations; please just ask.