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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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The Clifton Hours - Saturday June 28th

Stained glassHere at Clifton we've established a special tradition - that of singing the Daily Office through a whole day, once a year.

This year, the cycle of the sung Daily Office takes place over the weekend of 28th and 29th June (which is the Feast of Ss Peter and Paul, patrons of the Diocese and the Cathedral), and starts with the singing of Evening Prayer at 5pm on Saturday 28th June.

Please come and join us to sing Evening Prayer I on 28th June. Evening Prayer is at 5pm, and we're hoping that you will come and celebrate it with us as part of the choir.

The six celebrations which comprise the complete Office this year are being led by a variety of different groups from the Cathedral. The first of these, Evening Prayer I, is going to be sung by the Diocesan Choir - which is where you come in.

We are planning that the Evening Prayer celebration will include a variety of musical styles, all of it suitable for parish use. So if you don't normally sing Evening Prayer in your parish, or if you are looking for new music or ideas to use in the Daily Office, why not come along and join in?

For more information about the Clifton Hours click here and about the Evening Prayer on June 28th, click here. On the latter site you'll be able to register your intention to come and sing. Please note that registration doesn't commit you to coming, but it does help us to get an idea of how many people may be attending.

Glastonbury Pilgrimage

Glastonbury Pilgrimage ChoirEach year hundreds of pilgrims from the southwest come to Glastonbury Abbey to celebrate the Glastonbury Pilgrimage. The afternoon comprises of several elements including a procession, followed by Mass in the remains of the ruined Abbey, celebrated by the bishop. It is always a very exciting and moving experience.

The music at the open-air Mass is led by the Diocesan Choir, and this year we're arranging the afternoon and its rehearsal so that choir members can take part in the procession if they wish.

More details will be available soon (rehearsal times and music list - the music will contain the usual mixture of old and new, cantored and choir-led music but with plenty of SATB opportunities), but in the meantime if you want to take part in the Pilgrimage (either the procession, the Mass or both) as a member of the Diocesan Choir, please click here to register your interest. Registering doesn't imply any full commitment, but helps us to plan the music and to make sure we've got enough copies.

We'll try to make the weather perfect this year: not too hot!

Other upcoming opportunities

October 25th - first performance of An Evening Requiem by Martin Le Poidevin. Subtitled 'In memoriam 1914', this piece will bean evening-long oratorio, partly a reflection on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War and partly a meditation on Christ's words about the promise of heaven and salvation. As well as that, the piece includes settings of many of the words available for funerals and Requiem Masses, in both English and Latin.

More details in the coming months, but Martin would love as many members of the Diocesan choir as possible to be part of the event - so keep the date clear.

Those of you who sang in Martin's St Luke Passion at last year's Festival will know some of what to expect in the Requiem - and you might also be happy to know that a possible repeat performance of the Passion is being planned. Again, more details to follow.

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).

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 this day which will be held on a Saturday in late July or early August. More details will follow soon (at the moment the date seems likely to be in August), 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.

We're still taking registrations - for more information and the latest details, and to register your interest, click here.

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 Ordinary Time

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.

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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