Composers Group

Membership of the SSG Composers Group is open to anyone who is 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 list. Simply click here to email Alan Smith, the Composers Group Secretary, and he will add you to the mailing list and be in touch.

All communication about the Composers Group business will be carried out via email, so do please sign-up.

Report to SSG Trustees, November 2020

Since my last report, the next online meeting of the Composers Forum took place as scheduled on 20 June and a third session is planned for early December. The two remaining group teaching sessions have yet to take place, with the next one planned for the end of November. Though the scheduling has gone awry for some reason, the work continues.

Composers Forum on 20 June 2020

Seven composers attended this online forum and it proved to be another worthwhile and supportive event. As usual, everyone submitted scores of their work-in-progress ahead of the session and I collated them all into a study scores workbook which formed the basis of our discussion.

New Publication

As noted in the last issue of Music and Liturgy, David Ogden and I are currently working on a successor to the three volumes of Psalm Songs that Cassell published in 1997. In addition to a good number of new settings, we will be including pieces from the original volumes that have stood the test of time, all in one open-flat volume. Once again, SSG composers will be very well represented in the new volume — one that will take its place in a long and distinguished line of SSG-based liturgical volumes, from A Responsorial Psalm Book, through Music for the Mass and Music for the Mass 2, Psalm Songs, and Baptised with Fire. The new volume will be published by RSCM.


Alan Smith

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