• Glastonbury 2015

    The diocesan choir singing at Glastonbury Pilgrimage, 2015. Photo Phil Gibbons

  • Chrism Mass 2015

    Chrism Mass in the Cathedral, 2015. Music led by the Diocesan Choir. Photo courtesy Phil Gibbons

  • Door of Mercy

    The Cathedral Choir and brass group during the Mass to open the Door of Mercy at the Cathedral, December 2015

Welcome to the Clifton Diocese Music Service. 

The Music Service is based at Clifton Roman Catholic Cathedral in Bristol, where we provide a wide range of music for Masses and other celebrations at the Cathedral, both as a part of parish life and as a part of the wider diocese.

Dates in 2016

A big thank you to all those who have taken part in Diocesan celebrations so far in 2016, and especially to those who braved the wind, rain and sun at Glastonbury in July. Despite the conditions, the music was much appreciated by everyone there. 

Here are some more Diocesan dates currently planned for 2016:

  • 17th September: Singing the Office. Unfortunately, this event has been postponed until the New Year.
  • 5th November: Be a better cantor/singer. Dursley day course. Hints, tips, techniques and repertoire. A Stroud Deanery event
  • Early Advent: the Great Os - a musical celebration

For more details about the Diocesan Choir, which meets at various times throughout the year, please visit the Diocesan Choir page.

Clifton Cathedral is a house for the people of God built in 1973 - but we also provide services and resources for the wider diocese of Clifton (www.cliftondiocese.com). 

Whether you are from the parish of Clifton, the diocese of Clifton or from elsewhere, you are welcome to browse our site where you will find details of our musicians, the music we create as part of the liturgy, and much more. 

To listen to and subscribe to our Jerusalem Award Winning podcasts, with music by Richard Jeffrey-Gray, visit www.cliftondiocese.com/let-us-pod

We came out the winner - against 10 others, including traditional broadcasters such as the BBC - in the new media category.

We have a dynamic music team here at Clifton, who are active outside the Church in music to bring a fresh approach to music in the liturgy. Our team also compose and arrange music for the liturgy in differing styles, so we can truly say that the music we provide is from plainsong to music on which the ink is still wet. Our mission is to bring ourselves and the people we meet closer to God through our music, meeting them where they are in their journey in faith, in their understanding of what music can do for them and with them in the spirit of what we sing for and with them. Although we do do other things too - see www.hoxa.net we sang at the last ever flight of Concorde!

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  • A big thank you to everyone who sang at Glastonbury. Rain, sun and wind to contend with, but still a great sound!

  • September 17th: A day-long workshop on Singing the Office. Come and find out more about Morning and Evening Prayer and how to add music to them. Vital for parish musicians

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