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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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Happy Easter!

The very best wishes for a blessed and happy Easter from all at the Clifton Music Service.

We hope that your Easter and Holy Week praises have been celebratory and successful, and that they have enriched the liturgy in your parish, church or community at this special time of the year.

Chrism Mass 2014 - a big thank you

Chrism Choir 2014 Many, many thanks to everyone who sang at the Chrism Mass on 16th April. We hope that you enjoyed the experience. The feedback from many people who were there was that the music was by turns magnificent, reflective and uplifting.

It was good to meet so many of you, whether for the first time or for the hundredth, and whether you were singing or were in the congregation.

We really appreciate the hard work and commitment that many of you put into the occasion. We hope, too, that you may have picked up some ideas - either from the music we sang and played, or more imporantly from talking to other people in the choir - which you can take back to your parishes.

A reminder that if you would like details of any of the music in the Mass, we will be more than happy to provide information.

Future events for Musicians and the Choir

There are a lot of events for Diocesan musicians to get involved with, or attend, this year.

As well as the Chrism Mass (see above), Diocesan music events this year include:

  • The Hours at Clifton Cathedral - 28th/29th June, the weekend of the Feast of Ss Peter and Paul, the Cathedral's patron saints. The Daily Office (in the modern format of the Daily Office), celebrated throughout the day, with music of various styles
  • A newly created Evening Requiem by composer and diocesan choir director Martin Le Poidevin. Will be related to the commemorations of the start of the First World War.
  • The Glastonbury Pilgrimage. Let's hope it's just slightly cooler, but no less sunny, than last year! Click here for more details. We're bearing in mind the comments that some of you made last year, and will leave time around the rehearsal for you to join in the procession if you wish.
  • Summer courses on being a Better Music Leader. More details below.

We're working to find other celebrations and events which could involve Diocesan musicians. If you know of anything coming up which we could advertise for you, please let us know.

Or if you have an event which could benefit from more musicians, we'll try to put you in touch with people in your area.

Be a better music leader

This summer we're planning a number of day-long courses for music leaders from around the diocese (and, if people are interested, from beyond the diocese).

Many thanks to those who have already registered interest and put their ideas forward. The day(s) will certainly include items on starting, maintaining, leading and choosing music for a choir.

The day(s) will be lead by diocesan musicians. There will be a charge for these days which will be held on Saturdays in late July or early August. More details will follow, but if you visit our Diocesan Music page you will be able to register for the event and give some indication of what you might find useful.

Many more spaces are available - for more information and the latest details, and to register your interest, click here.

Clifton International Music Festival - Come and Sing!

The second Clifton International Music Festival takes place this year on the week 6th-14th June. It brings a wealth of vocal and chamber music to the Cathedral and the Clifton area of Bristol. Highlights this year include Harry Christophers and the The Sixteen, The Erebus Ensemble (in partnership with jazz saxophonist Andy Williamson), lectures, After Hours recitals and much more. You can download the Festival Brochure here, or visit the website for more details and to purchase tickets.

But there's also a chance for you to take part in the Festival. June 8th sees a Come and Sing event at the Cathedral, in which Festival Director Tom Williams will be teaching and rehearsing music by the late John Tavener, along with some of his contemporaries, for a performance in the evening.

This is a fantasic experience to explore some of the most influential church music of recent years, including the Song of Athene (which you may remember from the funeral of Princess Diana) and much more. To secure your place, visit the website or email workshops@cliftonfestival.com (a charge applies to participants).

Clifton Cathedral Music Group

The Music Group at Clifton Cathedral is always open to new members. No singing or musical experience is required, although there are also openings for soloists, instrumentalists, leaders and so on.

The Group meets to rehearse in the Cathedral House (next to the Cathedral itself) on Thursday evenings, for an hour. It then sings at the 9.30 Mass each Sunday morning, which is the Cathedral Parish Family Mass. The repertoire covers a full range of modern (and some more traditional) Catholic Music; coming along and singing with the group for even a short time may open your eyes to some of the music and techniques which you can take back to your parish.

If you want to come and join the Music Group, please get in touch with Director Martin Le Poidevin (who also directs the Diocesan Choir).

Find out more about the Music Group here.

Music for the Easter season and beyond

Don't forget that you can buy and download music from our website. We're constantly updating the Shop page with new music from our team of musicians at the cathedral and around the Diocese, and there are already several pieces for the rest of the Easter season and the ordinary time beyond.

All the music will be sent via email in .pdf format (although hard print copies are available if you wish). Make it one of the places you check for all your music needs for a Sunday morning and beyond.

News and items of interest

  • At the start of Lent, the Bishops Conference announced that from Pentecost Sunday this year (8th June 2014) "only settings of the Ordinary of the Mass using the new translation are permitted to be sung at Mass". "Settings using the previous translation or paraphrased texts", says the communication, "may no longer be used in our parishes, schools and communities." You can read the full text of the by visiting this page and clicking the link.
  • Our Diocesan Choir co-ordinator, Lesley Lee, has a new email address - lesley@cliftonms.com. You can use that address to contact Lesley about Diocesan choir or Diocesan music matters.

Do you have any messages?

This newsletter is an excellent way of staying in touch with the musicians from around the Diocese. If you need anything - an organist, a piece of music, any ideas or help - then email martin@cliftonms.com or Diocesan Choir co-ordinator Lesley Lee (lesley@cliftonms.com) and we'll include you in a future issue.

Clifton Music Service website

The Clifton Music Service website at cliftonms.com has some great resources 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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