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Welcome to the Clifton Music Service newsletter

Clifton Music Service is the Diocesan Music Service for the Clifton Diocese. We are based at Clifton Cathedral. Over the coming months and years we'll be sending this newsletter out to musicians and churches in the Clifton diocese and further abroad.

It will contain news about diocesan events, ideas for music and liturgy in your parish and the chance for you to interact with other musicians in the diocese. The focus will be on interactivity - we want to hear what you're doing, what you're thinking and we want to find out how we can help you.

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Diocesan Choir - Chrism Mass, April 20th

Do you want to belong to a large choir, singing music which is tailored to the Catholic Church and which sings in the setting of the catholic church? You already do! The Diocesan Choir is made up of singers from around the diocese. It provides the music for some key services in liturgical year, including the Chrism Mass, the Rite of Election and the Glastonbury Pilgrimage.

It will be conducted by Martin Le Poidevin, who has recently taken over as leader of the cathedral music group, and Richard Jeffrey-Gray, the Head of Muisc Service. Martin is a professional singer and voice coach, and you can expect to work hard but have a lot of fun as well.

The Diocesan Choir is the best way to meet other singers and musicians from around the diocese. Although much of what we do is based at the cathedral in Bristol, we are looking at the possibility of holding rehearsals in other parts of the diocese.

The Diocesan Choir's next appearance will be at the Chrism Mass, in the Cathedral on 20th April. The planned music list includes Lead Me Lord (Wesley), Praise To the Holiest, the St Augustine Gloria, Martin Le Poidevin's Praise and Honour, Amazing Grace and much more.

We'll have more details shortly when they've been confirmed, and we'll post the information on the website at cliftonms.com

There will be a rehearsal in the Cathedral the week before the Chrism Mass (the evening of 13th April) so that we can learn the notes and meet each other before the day.

Singers and musicians are all welcome.

Stop Press: The Glastonbury Pilgrimage date has been fixed as 10th July. More details soon, but the Diocesan Choir will be providing music for that celebration, too.


New CD - Bishop Mervyn's Funeral

We were all deeply saddened by the death of Bishop Mervyn Alexander last summer. He was a great leader of our church, a very humble man and a lover of music (he always said that he didn't like trumpets!). His funeral liturgies in August were a celebration of his life - and it was a great privilege for those who attended them.

As a memory of this great event, we have made this recording of the entire Requiem Mass. Ideal for all those who were unable to attend the liturgy and for those who were there and who want to remember the man and his farewell.

For more details, see the Clifton Music Service website at www.cliftonms.com


New translation of the Roman Missal

Do you know that from the first Sunday of Advent this year a new translation of the Missal will come into use? The changes affect just the prayers of the Mass - not the readings - but it will mean we will need to consider new musical settings of the Mass for use in our parishes.

We're currently putting together a list of Mass settings which will be suitable for the new translation, and we'll be recommending one or two for use in the Diocese (although we're in no way going to insist that you use them!). If there's enough interest, we'll also be holding at least one Musicians Day on the new translation in the coming months - let us know here whether you'd be interested in this.


Clifton Music Service website

The new-look Clifton Music Service website at cliftonms.com has some great resources on it for you to use, plus more information about the Music Service, which is updated on a regular basis with news of Diocesan Music and cathedral services.

Give us some idea of what you want to see on it (for instance, a Mass/Service planner is in development, and we hope to get some forums going soon) and we'll do our best to implement them.

Oh, and we've also got a Twitter account. Follow us at @cliftonmusic


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