Composers' Group

Membership of the SSG Composers’ Group is open to those who are interested in composing music or writing texts for the Roman Catholic liturgy.

If you would like to receive information about the Composers’ Group’s activities, you are invited to join the SSG Composers’ Group email group. Simply complete the form at the bottom of this page and you will be added to the mailing list.

All communication about the Composers’ Group business will be carried out via email, so do please sign-up. Some people are already on the existing database, but if you’re not sure, please apply again.

Next meeting:  Saturday 16th September 2017 10.30am (for 11.00)

St Joseph’s, Lamb’s Passage, off Bunhill Row, London EC1

Composers, text writers, and other interested persons are cordially invited to the next meeting
of the SSG Composers’ Group, which will be held in London. The meeting will be held in the parish meeting room.


As in so much of central London, parking at this venue is extremely limited. You would almost certainly be better off travelling to it by public transport. Old Street tube station, which on the Bank branch of London Underground’s Northern line, is conveniently nearby. From here, walk West along Old Street, turn left onto Bunhill Row, continue walking South and then take the 4th right into Lamb’s Passage. After about 60 metres, St Joseph’s is on the right, just before the road bends sharp left. It doesn’t look like a church, but is a tall building with a large external fire-escape. (The Catholic Herald is based here too.)


10.30am Arrival

11.00 Welcome & Introductions

11.15 Discussion of compositions & texts – Session 1

12.45 Lunch (Hot drinks will be available, but please bring a packed lunch)

1.30 Discussion of compositions & texts – Session 2

3.30pm End

Please do not turn up unannounced, but join the email list and reply to this invitation. This will
help us plan the meeting more effectively and make it more useful for you.

Call for submissions

Composers and text writers, whether they are SSG members or not, are invited to submit compositions and/or texts for possible discussion at the forthcoming meeting of the SSG Composers’ Group. Please note:

  • only works submitted in advance of the meeting will be considered
  • composers’ and authors’ copyright in any submitted material will be respected and safeguarded
  • attendees do not have to submit work
  • no work will be discussed whose composers/author is not present
  • works must be unpublished or work-in-progress (the Group will provide other opportunities to discuss published works)
  • works may be submitted in any of the following media:
    • by email (to Alan Smith)
      • if music, as a software file (Finale [any version], Sibelius [any version], Notion [any version], or any other software application that is currently available for both Windows AND Apple OCs)
      • if text as Microsoft Word [any version]
    • by email (to Alan Smith) as a PDF
  • If you submit more than one item, please prioritise your works, so that if there is only time to consider some of them I will know which ones to omit.
  • I will make printed copies of the music available for discussion, but no-one will go away with copies without your permission (which you are NOT obliged to give).
  • Anyone who submits work will have at least one piece discussed; and usually more, depending on the time available.
  • The discussion will take the form of peer review, led by me, who will ensure that a positive and supportive approach is taken at all times. Composers and writers are, of course, at liberty to accept or reject the suggestions of their peers as they see fit!
  • If you are not yet a member of the Composers’ Group email group, you can kill two birds with one stone by submitting work for a meeting. This will be taken as a request to join the email group.
Please submit any work for discussion to me to arrive no later than Monday 11th September.

Please do email me if you have any queries about any of this.  If you cannot make it to this meeting please note the details of other meetings this year, listed above on this page.

Alan Smith

Thank you.

Alan Smith

Secretary, SSG Composers’ Group

Print Details

If you would like a printable version of all the information you need for the next meeting, a pdf is available here

Forthcoming meetings 2017

16th September – St Joseph’s, Bunhill Row, London

St John’s Cathedral, Salford (date to be confirmed)

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We will not use your email address for any other purpose, either within or outside the SSG, and we will not give it or sell it to any third-party.

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