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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. This newsletter contains news about diocesan events. The focus is 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, as well as giving you the chance to take part..

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Chrism Mass

Although it was some time ago now, we still wish to express a big thank you to all of you who sang at the Chrism Mass. We have received many compliments on your singing, and we're aiming to repeat and build on this success in the future. We're introducing a number of events (including some which we mention below), and we'll be adding more in the future.

In the meantime, if you wish to remember the Chrism Mass and hear what the music sounded like, the Clifton Diocese website has a recording of the setting of King of Glory which we sang at the Offertory. Listen to it here (the sound file starts with one of the cathedral altar servers speaking about the Mass - the music follows immediately after that, and the file ends with Bishop Declan's homily).


Diocesan Choir events - Musicians Mass

We are very excited to announce that in November we'll be holding a Diocesan Musicians Mass. Bishop Declan will be celebrating the Mass for us, which will take place at 6pm on November 25th in Clifton Cathedral. All musicians from the Diocese are invited to come along and join in! The Feast of Christ the King this year will mark the final day of the church's first year using the new translation, and it's also appropriately just a few of days after the feast day of St Cecilia, the patron saint of music.

We will rehearse in the afternoon of that day (and may have rehearsals in the weeks leading up to the Mass, too). We will plan a wide variety of music, new and old, for the occasion so that you will not only be singing and playing music that you are familiar with - you may also find something new and exciting.

We'll email soon with more details of the day, but please aim to keep the afternoon of 25th November free!


Glastonbury Pilgrimage

Before that comes the Glastonbury Pilgrimage Mass on July 8. The music this year includes the Mass of St Paul the Apostle (which we sang at the Chrism Mass) and a new Litany of Mary, as well as Amazing Grace and some other well-known favourites. Please let us know if you'd like a rehearsal before the day - maybe (with apologies to those in the north of the diocese) near Glastonbury, if not in Bristol.

On the day itself, we will rehearse at 1.45 in the Abbey grounds (you'll find us next to the high altar in the ruins of the Abbey). Please be there before that, and make yourself known to us. If you let us know that you'd like to sing, we will send you more details (click here to register).

The music for the Mass will be led by Martin Le Poidevin, with help from the diocesan choir and instrumentalists.

See this page for more details and to register that you would like to sing at Glastonbury (we like to know how many people are coming so that we can provide the right amount of music!).

The music for the celebration includes the Mass of St Paul the Apostle, a new Litany of Mary, Amazing Grace and plenty of other music which we hope will include some of your favourites. More details will be posted on the Glastonbury Pilgrimage page soon.


Workshops for Musicians

We're gradually going to be introducing special days for musicians with themes such as Setting up a Choir', Cantoring for your People and Getting more from your Music Group.


Clifton Music Service website

The 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.

We've just opened up the Forums, which will allow you to debate anything you want with like-minded people from around the diocese and, probably, from beyond. If you have any questions, ideas or information that you want to share, feel free to express it in the Forums. You will have to register to take part in the Forums. We know that registering is annoying, but it will mean that we can keep the Forums a nice and secure environment.

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


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