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.

Update — September 2019

Last year, I emailed the 80+ people on the Composers Group mailing list with some ideas about a possible way forward for the Group. I said that over the last few years we had continued our long-standing practice of holding meetings in various parts of the country, none of which were particularly well attended. Indeed, those members who HAVE attended have tended to be the same people, wherever the meeting was located! I explained that I had been thinking of developing our activities along the following lines:

  • Webinars — online sessions when Group members could present their music from home using their own computer, and discuss it live with other members. (These live sessions would be archived, for re-watching subsequently.)
  • Presentations — online sessions every other month when composers and arrangers could give presentations about the ‘how to’ of composing and arranging. (These live sessions would be archived, for re-watching subsequently.)
  • An annual SSG Composers Group weekend meeting — Friday to Saturday, residential, and with input from an experienced composer.
  • The Group to be run, on behalf of the SSG Trustees, by a small sub-committee (rather than just one person).

I am delighted to say that the Trustees have approved these ideas in principle and I am currently working to implement them for next year.

This page will be updated as next year’s programme develops.

Draft programme for 2020:

  • 2 live webinars (in January [Lent & Easter] and September [Advent & Christmas]) in the course of which seasonal compositions submitted by Group members will be examined and discussed.
  • 3 live webinars in March, July and November which will be teaching sessions, addressing aspects of composition submitted by Group members.
  • A weekend conference in June (Friday evening & Saturday), including a talk by an established liturgical composer, discussion of new music, and liturgies, etc.

We will also establish a private Facebook page for the Group, to provide ongoing support and opportunity for news and discussion.

I plan to invite two or three Group members to work with me to implement and develop these next steps. I am currently exploring suitable software with which to deliver the online elements. I am investigating Zoom for the video conferencing — but whichever solution we go with, it will be browser-based. You won’t have to download any special software. 

Update (30.9.2019)

  • It turns out that the original dates for our residential weekend in May clash with another SSG event. Oops! After consultation, we are almost certainly going for 5–6 June. This will mean finding a different venue too.
  • I have booked our liturgical composer-in-residence and persuaded two other people to work with me on planning the event.
  • Come back soon for a further update.

Alan Smith

Secretary, SSG Composers Group

Alan Smith

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