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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 Arrangements

Thank you to everyone who has already registered (click here for the registration page) to take part in the Chrism Mass on 27th March. This is one of the highlights of the Diocesan year, and as always we would like you to take part in the Mass as part of the Diocesan Choir.

Because t's an important celebration, we are holding rehearsals before the date. This year, we are spreading the rehearsals around the Diocese:

Sunday 24th March: Clifton Cathedral, Bristol. 3pm-5pm.

Monday 25th March: St Thomas, Fairford. 7.15pm-9pm.

More information is now available on our website - click here to view it. You can also register on that page. We would be grateful if you can register, so we can make arrangements for music copies, etc. There is no obligation in the registration process.

The same music will be covered at each of these rehearsals. If you can offer to take or host a rehearsal, please let us know. We know that some people have already made suggestions - thank you for those, but for the moment the above are the rehearsals which best suit most people.

The music list for the Chrism Mass will be published soon, but it will include a range of music, both unison and four part, some of which we have done before (for instance at the Musicians Mass last year)

We are asking that people who want to sing at the Chrism Mass should attend one of the rehearsals before the day: if this causes a problem, please do get in touch to see if we can make arrangements. Either use our contact form, or email direct to martin@cliftonms.com.

Of course, if others in your parish or choir/music group want to come along to sing, they are more than welcome. Please feel free to pass this email on to anyone you know and encourage them to join us!


Clifton Cathedral 40th Anniversary Mass

The Cathedral of our Diocese will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary on 29th June this year. The Anniversary has triggered a new Festival - the Clifton International Festival, also on Twitter - which will feature a wide range of high quality concerts and events, including concerts by the Tallis Scholars and the Erebus Ensemble.

There will also be the first performance of a setting of the Passion according to St Luke by the Diocesan Choir director, Martin Le Poidevin.

The highlight of the week, though, will be the Mass on Saturday 29th June, which will give thanks for the 40 years of the Cathedral. The Diocesan Choir has been invited to take part in this, alongside the Cathedral's own musicians.

We want as many Diocesan Singers as possible to be able to attend to make this a truly memorable event.

The Mass is on the Saturday morning (29th June); but there will be some rehearsal in the weeks leading up to 29th June. There should be a great deal media interest in the Mass and Festival so a stunning performance (as usual) from the Diocesan Choir is called for. Please show by registering via this web page that you will be able to attend.


Diocesan Choir Co-ordinator

If anybody can offer some help as a Diocesan Choir Co-ordinator on a voluntary basis, please let Martin Le Poidevin know. Responsibilities would include reminding Martin about things, helping to arrange events and so on.


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.

There is also a section with music which has been written by some of our Diocesan musicians.

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. And a Facebook page - Clifton-Music-Service/.


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