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by organgrinder
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Live-streamed liturgy: what about music?
Replies: 31
Views: 6655

Re: Live-streamed liturgy: what about music?

I watched St John's Cathedral Portsmouth at 10.00am, also via churchservices.tv - single cantor and organ. All the essential music, even a communion processional (although no procession obviously). It lacks atmosphere but very prayerful all the same. These services can be replayed at any time.
by organgrinder
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Howard Baker RIP
Replies: 1
Views: 1794

Howard Baker RIP

I've just discovered that Howard Baker has sadly died at the age of 63. He has been director of music at St Mary's Cathedral Newcastle since 2000 and was an occasional poster on this forum. I knew Howard as a boy treble in the early 1960s when his voice soared around the lofty rafters in St Bede's, ...
by organgrinder
Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:08 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Funeral Liturgies in Theory and in Practice
Replies: 30
Views: 15185

Re: Funeral Liturgies in Theory and in Practice

This issue is on the rise. I usually take the position that it's a paid job and essentially a private service so I just do what I'm told (certainly when I'm asked to play elsewhere). However there is a limit to what I will play on the organ, and CDs are usually preferred for non-church music anyway....
by organgrinder
Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:34 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: "Thou shalt sing at Mass"
Replies: 9
Views: 4954

Re: "Thou shalt sing at Mass"

I have been plugging away in my parish for quite a few years and have always had an assembly willing to sing. I have found that the following works: 1. Have a choir (if possible) but not every week. We have them about once a month to lead new material, sing irregular verses and belt out refrains. Bu...
by organgrinder
Fri Apr 18, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Maundy numbers
Replies: 11
Views: 5160

Re: Maundy numbers

We too were packed to the rafters, and also Good Friday. Our Vigil has lower numbers but usually still quite reasonable. We are a country town parish with no other options for miles, so that may be a factor.
by organgrinder
Mon May 14, 2012 1:02 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Congregational singing of hymns
Replies: 147
Views: 52732

Re: Congregational singing of hymns

Interesting thread. Probably no single explanation/solution. For what they're worth, my thoughts are: 1. A good confident lead from the organ or music group, with varied dynamics and tone to match the text (I find the piano alone does not lead/support/encourage as much as the organ) 2. Rehearsal of ...
by organgrinder
Tue May 08, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: A year on, what are we singing?
Replies: 79
Views: 26799

Re: A year on, what are we singing?

Just caught up with this thread, so here's what we're doing in Andover: Gloria: Belmont (Walker), Parish Mass (Jones), Revised Coventry (Jones) Acclamations: Parish Mass (Jones) and Revised Mass of Creation (Haugen) Lamb of God: Belmont (Walker), Revised Mass of Creation (Haugen) We only started in ...
by organgrinder
Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:56 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Happy Advent
Replies: 42
Views: 12192

Re: Happy Advent

Seems a very balanced and interesting music list. You must have a great assembly! If our parish could manage that lot I'd be delighted. Thanks Nick. Coming from you that's quite a compliment! For us the choir's role is usually limited to leading the assembly in the responses/refrains and sometimes ...
by organgrinder
Mon Nov 28, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Happy Advent
Replies: 42
Views: 12192

Re: Happy Advent

We did the following: Entrance: To you, O Lord, I lift my soul (Psallite) Penitential rite: spoken Psalm: God of hosts, bring us back (Inwood/Psallite) Advent Alleluias (Andrew Wright) Gospel dialogue: Missal chants (first time sung by our deacon) Prep of gifts: Rorate caeli (Latin response, English...
by organgrinder
Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: The Trouble with Communion Processionals and beyond…
Replies: 66
Views: 16598

Re: The Trouble with Communion Processionals and beyond…

We dropped the recessional hymn some years ago with very few complaints. We do have one at special times (eg. Christmas and Easter). Like others, we have trouble getting people to sing during communion, although when the choir is present we have a refrain-based processional song which people do resp...
by organgrinder
Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:29 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: First Mass in new translation: so how was it?
Replies: 72
Views: 20130

Re: First Mass in new translation: so how was it?

I spent 10 minutes before mass introducing the people to the Belmont Gloria, the Peter Jones Parish Mass Holy (with acclam 2) and the Belmont Lamb of God. We’ve produced a music sheet for the pews with one revised and two new settings to keep us going up to Advent. The choir met on Friday evening to...
by organgrinder
Mon Feb 14, 2011 5:28 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Responsorial Psalm - who sings?
Replies: 23
Views: 5908

Re: Responsorial Psalm - who sings?

In our parish, where the choir is on the opposite side to the ambo, the psalmist joins the two readers at the altar steps, they all bow together and go to the ambo where two of them sit down. They each do their bit and after the gospel acclamation they all return in the same way as they came. At lea...
by organgrinder
Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:35 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Lord Jesus, think on me
Replies: 20
Views: 5289

Re: Lord Jesus, think on me

Thanks for all the replies. It seems there's a 'correct' way (and I heard it thus on the Ash Wednesday broadcast from Liverpool Met Cathedral) and a more intuitive assembly-friendly way (as per this midi file http://nethymnal.org/htm/l/o/lojthink.htm ). I think I might just avoid this tune in future...
by organgrinder
Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:45 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Lord Jesus, think on me
Replies: 20
Views: 5289

Lord Jesus, think on me

Have been lurking on this forum for a while, but now braving active participation. Yesterday we had this hymn to the usual Southwell tune and I played through the whole verse as written (minims at the beginning and end of each line of text). I knew there was a tendency to sing it like ‘Blest are the...