• 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 2017

A big thank you to everyone who has taken part in Diocsan celebrations so far this year, including the Marriage Mass and the Rite of Election. There's still plenty to come!

Here are some more Diocesan event currently planned for 2017:

  • 12th April: Chrism Mass in Clifton Cathedral, led by the Diocesan Choir. Bishop Declan blesses the oils for the year's use in parishes. There will be rehearsals before the day for this Mass. 
  • 9th July: The Glastonbury Pilgrimage. A joyful open-air celebration of Mass in the ruins of the Abbey. Plus, we provide the music for the Procession round the grounds

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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  • Do you or your parish want to host a Better Singing Day? Led by Martin Le Poidevin, these days are great for choir members, cantors and congregation singers alike. Contact Martin on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details

  • A big thank you to all those who sang in the Marriage Celebration Mass today. What a wonderful event, with some great singing! 

  • The Rite of Election is on March 4th at 11am in Clifton Cathedral. Come and join us in the singing to welcome the candidates. See this page for more details

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