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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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Clifton Cathedral 40th Anniversary Celebration 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 (www.stlukepassion.co.uk). See below for more.

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 music includes the Tintinnabuli Gloria by Patrick Geary, the Holy Holy from the Mass of St Paul the Apostle by Christopher Walker and We Love This Place, also by Christopher Walker.

We will be holding a rehearsal the Sunday afternoon before the Mass (23rd June). We're currently firming up the location for this, but it's likely to be at a church in north Bristol, rather than in the Cathedral.

If you would like to take part in the Mass on 29th June, please register through this link and we'll be in touch when we firm up the details. Places are limited, so make sure you do it soon!

If you have already registered, please can we ask you to do so again - unfortunately we suffered a data loss and some records were removed. We'd rather people registered twice than not at all!


Future events

If you can't make the Anniversary Mass, there are still chances to sing with the Diocesan Choir later this year.

Glastonbury Pilgrimage 14th July. An open-air mass in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey - a lovely annual event

Diocesan Musicians Mass late November, date to be decided (but this year it won't coincide with the Feast of Christ the King!)

More details of both will be available soon.


St Luke Passion - take part

As we mentioned above, the Clifton International Festival, which has been created to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Cathedral, will include the first performance of the St Luke Passion by Martin Le Poidevin. It takes place on 24th June, in the Cathedral.

We need a chorus! If you would like to take part, please email Martin on martin@cliftonms.com. The main chorus parts are quite easy, but there will be two rehearsals: one on the evening of 18th June, and the other on the late afternoon/early evening of the performance.

If you can't sing in the chorus, please do come along to listen and take part in the congregational moments - there will be plenty to join in with!


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.


Organist needed!

The parish of St Pius XI in Withywood, South Bristol, is currently looking for a organist. If you are interested, contact the music service on this email and we'll pass your details 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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