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by JW
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Installation of new Archbishop of Southwark
Replies: 1
Views: 107

Re: Installation of new Archbishop of Southwark

This should be a great occasion with good music directed by Canon Alan McLean. The rehearsal will be fun as well as hard work. Anyone in striking distance of Southwark who is can sing will be very welcome. The cathedral has a great acoustic and a newly restored Compton organ. I'm guessing there will...
by JW
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Involving visitors - music of First Holy Communion
Replies: 16
Views: 2042

Re: Involving visitors - music of First Holy Communion

I attended a granddaughter's FHC yesterday. This was a Saturday morning Mass for First Communion. There was no attempt made to involve visitors. The catechists did the readings and read bidding prayers. The prayers had been written by the children but had clearly been heavily edited. I don't want to...
by JW
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: St Mary's Hartlepool
Replies: 0
Views: 81

St Mary's Hartlepool

Delighted to read that.St. Mary's in Hartlepool is raising £26,000 to restore their organ. If anyone knows the people involved, PM me and I can suggest a charity that might provide a small donation. We have recently paid £24.000 to restore our organ and managed to fundraise £16,000, mostly through t...
by JW
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Organist contract
Replies: 6
Views: 218

Re: Organist contract

It's worth noting that a self employed sole trader can claim a £1000 tax free allowance instead of claiming for expenses. See the HMRC website for details. I hadn't been aware of this till this year. My organist's income for weddings & funerals dropped below £1000 in my last tax year and, when I sub...
by JW
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Wedding tourism
Replies: 14
Views: 562

Re: Wedding tourism

In these days of equality, the emphasis placed on brides, their mothers and their attendants seems a little out of place. I played for a wedding once where the priest warned me that we could get raided by the police as the bride's father was wanted! All the men were on lookout in the carpark during ...
by JW
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Wedding tourism
Replies: 14
Views: 562

Re: Wedding tourism

Don't understand these mini processions. If each server processed up individually before a Sunday Mass, you'd never hear the end of it!
by JW
Fri May 17, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Westminster Cathedral choir
Replies: 4
Views: 440

Re: Westminster Cathedral choir

I suppose it depends on one's view of full time boarding for young children. There are a number of adults for whom it wasn't always a pleasant experience.
by JW
Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: The wickedness of face cream
Replies: 150
Views: 80093

Re: The wickedness of face cream

This is what I heard during the Baruch reading at the Easter Vigil:

Learn where knowledge is, where strength, where understanding, and so learn where length of daisies, where life...
by JW
Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Easter 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 588

Re: Easter 2019

Thank you, Dom Perignon. And a Happy Easter from me to all. I'm amazed each year at the way our parish works so hard together to make the Triduum special for all who attend. And I suspect that it's the same for us all.
by JW
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: One License takes over from Calamus
Replies: 21
Views: 3573

Re: One License takes over from Calamus

Just to clarify my point about paying for music we don't use. I understand that the fee that a church pays is the same whether you print off songs every week as Nick does, or just half a dozen times a year. And we tend to print off songs by a fairly limited range of composers. This just isn't fair. ...
by JW
Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: One License takes over from Calamus
Replies: 21
Views: 3573

Re: One License takes over from Calamus

One License seems to have many more companies in its stable than Calamus but I'm not sure if this justifies a threefold increase in price. Churches could be paying organisations whose music they may never use - perhaps they could address this. It would be interesting to see One License's financials....
by JW
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Copyright
Replies: 39
Views: 6982

Re: Copyright

I was struck by SC's earlier comments about difficulty in tracing descendants of original copyright owners. Some years ago, I ordered from the British Library a scan of a booklet by a great great uncle of mine. The payment included a copyright fee. Now I'm guessing that the British Library hasn't tr...
by JW
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Do you want a laugh?
Replies: 12
Views: 2510

Re: Do you want a laugh?

A look at the Organist posts vacant on the 'Organists Online' site suggests that £6k isn't unreasonable compared with the market in general. It takes a lot of study and work to get to the level required to take on these roles and it must be really frustrating that financial rewards are so meagre. Ma...
by JW
Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Do you want a laugh?
Replies: 12
Views: 2510

Re: Do you want a laugh?

Is this the same cathedral that had to make it's Director of Music redundant a a few years ago because of financial difficulty? If so, where is the funding coming from and how can a new incumbent be certain that this will continue into the future?
by JW
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 14
Views: 2522

Re: Pronunciation

Pronunciation is different depending which part of the country we come from. There have always been variants and I'm not sure it's a good thing to try and force everyone down the same route. Guides are useful perhaps but they would never be enforceable. Latin pronunciation also varies widely. Living...