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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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Coming in 2016!

May we start by wishing you all a very happy New Year. We hope that your Christmas celebrations - both in Mass and with family and friends - were joyful and fulfilling.

Marriage Mass 2016

6th February: Diocesan Celebration of Marriage A Mass, to celebrate special anniversaries for couples from around the diocese. But it is also a chance for anyone - married, widowed or single - to celebrate the existence and joys of this special sacrament. Always a joyous celebration led by Bishop Declan. Mass in Clifton Cathedral, at 12 o'clock with a set-up and rehearsal from 11.15. For details and to register click here

13th February: Diocesan Rite of Election Another great annual event, when candidates from around the Diocese who are to be baptised/confirmed/received at Easter are welcomed by the Bishop, and make their commitment to the faith. There is quite a bit of music in this celebration - you may well find something new which you can take back to your parish! The celebration takes place in Clifton Cathedral at 11am, with set-up and rehearsal from 10.15 For details, and to register, click here

Chrism Mass 2016

Chrism Mass

The main focus of Diocesan Celebrations in the run-up to Easter is the Chrism Mass, which will take place on Wednesday 23rd March. As usual, we'd like to invite musicians from around the Diocese to sing at this celebration.

As many of you may have seen or heard, the Cathedral currently has scaffolding in place which significantly reduces the amount of space available for everybody, including the musicians. Nevertheless, we will have a Diocesan Choir at the event, and if you would like to take part (we ask that as a requirement of participation that you attend a rehearsal beforehand - see below) please register on the website by clicking the link below.

For latest details, and to register your interest, visit our website here.


Other upcoming opportunities

Later in the summer there will be a number of further opportunities for singing with the Diocesan Choir. These include the Glastonbury Pilgrimage on 10th July (this year's theme is Mary, Mother of Mercy, to tie in with the Year of the Jubilee of Mercy.

Musicians in the Cirencester Deanery are having a Singing the Mass day on March 5th, led by the Diocese's Martin Le Poidevin. Contact Monica Frewer for details.

Also later in the year we are planning days to introduce ideas for Advent music (and later still, a special 'Great Os' service in December); there will also be a day on introducing and enriching the singing of the Daily Office in your parish or within other groups. We'll send another email about those.

Please keep an eye on the recently-redesigned website, where we will post any further opportunities - as well as updating details for the current celebrations. We'll also post information to our Twitter feed.


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.

If you're already a music leader in your parish this could be an ideal opportunity to take on board new ideas, influences and work with some other musicians.

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.


Choral Scholarships

The Choir of Clifton Cathedral probably sings more fabulous choral music at one service than any other choir in the West country! We are happy to welcome singers of a good standard to our ranks – there's a lot of new music each week, so a good standard of reading is important. 

We are also fortunate to currently have 3 choral scholars in our midst. There is opportunity for more to join, however, and we are offering a limited number of choral scholarships and exhibitions for accomplished singers in all parts. Open to singers aged between 16-25.

> £23 per week/£25 out of term
> weekly rehearsals
> flexible terms
> wide range of the greatest sacred choral music

Apply to the Director of Music, Richard Jeffrey-Gray at music@cliftondiocese.com.


Clifton International Music Festival - Launch

Scarlatti's Stabat Mater with The Erebus Ensemble
11th June 2016 7.30pm Clifton Cathedral

Stabat Mater à 10 – Domenico Scarlatti
Miserere mei Deus – Gregorio Allegri
and music on the theme of Mercy from the Renaissance Period

We are delighted to announce that, through the kind benefaction of the Diocese of Clifton, the Clifton International Festival of Music 2016 will launch with a free concert to mark the Year of Mercy Jubilee. Artists-in-Residence, The Erebus Ensemble will perform Scarlatti's polyphonic tour de force, Stabat Mater à 10, and Allegri's ever brilliant setting of Psalm 51, Miserere mei Deus.

The CIFM is thrilled to be able to present a concert of such musical quality and vocal vitruosity with no admission cost to its loyal and valued supporters.

We expect this event to be over-subscribed and as such we would be grateful if you could register your interest in attending by emailing launch2016@cliftonfestival.com as soon as possible.

Information on further events in 2016 will be available in due course.


Music for Lent and Easter

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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