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by JW
Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:23 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Organ in Lent
Replies: 15
Views: 2861

Re: Organ in Lent

An interesting one this. Churches who wouldn't dream of using "alleluia" or saying the Gloria, or having flowers during Lent just don't seem to be aware that this rubric is there. In the past, I have used the organ quite freely - to avoid CDs being played instead. This year I thought I'd t...
by JW
Sat Feb 23, 2008 10:46 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: who does Pange Lingua?
Replies: 11
Views: 2100

Re: who does Pange Lingua?

We do one verse of the Pange Lingua in English - that's gets the priest to the altar of repose; then switch to Latin for the 2 verses of the Tantum Ergo, because the choir (and some of the people) can still do it. We end Maundy Thursday with 'Stay With Me' sung very quietly to try to encourage peopl...
by JW
Sat Feb 16, 2008 11:02 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Incidental Music for Mass
Replies: 81
Views: 24001

Re: Incidental Music for Mass

Easter Vigil / Easter Day (This is the time to try to be really inspirational. I tend to go for popular stuff at this time of year, much of what follows will be in wedding anthologies. Have linked a few YouTube performances - for interest/inspiration/motivation!) Start: (not Vigil!): Bach, Jesu Joy ...
by JW
Sun Feb 03, 2008 12:35 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Choir wanted: Guild of St Stephen, Southwark, Annual Rally
Replies: 11
Views: 2148

Choir wanted: Guild of St Stephen, Southwark, Annual Rally

The Guild of St Stephen in Southwark is looking for a choir and musician(s) to lead the music for the Mass at their Annual Rally at Aylesford Priory on Bank Holiday 5th May 2008. I understand that hymns are given to you, but the Mass parts etc. are at the choir's discretion. Aylesford is a good plac...
by JW
Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:38 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Good Friday ecumenical service
Replies: 6
Views: 1323

Re: Good Friday ecumenical service

The trouble with the Stations is that non Catholics have real issues with those that are non-biblical, e.g. 'Veronica wipes the face of Jesus,' even with 'Jesus is placed into the arms of his mother.' This wouldn't preclude a service based on your own 'Stations.' Drama can be powerful if properly us...
by JW
Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:24 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: What do you do if you, your choir or cantors foul up?
Replies: 51
Views: 8586

Re: What do you do if you, your choir or cantors foul up?

asb, You're beating yourself up about this - don't. Our God of Love accepts what we offer - he doesn't demand that we beat ourselves up when we get it wrong. Allow the Spirit to work in you and accept those times when it goes wrong - it does for everyone - unless there is an obvious way to put it ri...
by JW
Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:04 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Incidental Music for Mass
Replies: 81
Views: 24001

Re: Incidental Music for Mass

Speaking of Lent, the GIRM and 'Praying the Mass' state that the organ should be used to support the singing only during Lent, with a dispensation for the 4th Sunday of Lent and Solemnities. Is the church saying that the ideal is us not to play during Lent - after all, if we had the choral resources...
by JW
Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:27 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: What do you do if you, your choir or cantors foul up?
Replies: 51
Views: 8586

Re: What do you do if you, your choir or cantors foul up?

asb, I suspect you are considering resigning your music post and that is a bit more serious than resigning the forum Have you discussed this at all with your Monignor and the cantor? When I foul up I make a point of apologising afterwards. Mistakes happen - big ones sometimes. I can't believe your M...
by JW
Mon Jan 07, 2008 5:49 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: A question of image
Replies: 24
Views: 4836

Re: A question of image

It's just occurred to me that, if the Society wants a patron, there seems to be precious little choice when it comes to musician saints. In fact I can't think of anyone except St Gregory and St Celia - and I don't think there's much evidence that they were dedicated musicians. Can someone put me rig...
by JW
Fri Jan 04, 2008 10:16 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: A question of image
Replies: 24
Views: 4836

Re: A question of image

Tongue half in cheek: would the name "Greg's community" create a better kind of image?
by JW
Fri Jan 04, 2008 10:14 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: O Holy Night (Adam)
Replies: 8
Views: 1468

Re: O Holy Night (Adam)

I remember trying to accompany this at the age of 13 or so on a Reed Organ at a school music lesson in the early 60's. Imagine a group of about 20 13/14 year old boys giving O Holy Night some welly - (or was it Roses of Picardy?) Someone asked me later what all the screaming was about. I know its a ...
by JW
Fri Jan 04, 2008 7:59 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: O Holy Night (Adam)
Replies: 8
Views: 1468

Re: O Holy Night (Adam)

Can you imagine a congregation reaching for that top note - Deviiiiiiiiiiiiiine?
by JW
Sat Dec 29, 2007 11:10 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Incidental Music for Mass
Replies: 81
Views: 24001

From Baptism of Our Lord to 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Baptism of Our Lord: Start: Voluntary 12th, S Wesley (p.23 in "Samuel Wesley, Six Voluntaries and Fugues for Organ, ed. R. Langley, OUP) Communion: Ach Gott und Herr, J.G. Walthar (p.20 in Anne Mardsen Thomas, Graded Anthology, Book 3. This was once ascribed to Bach and is in Bach collections u...
by JW
Mon Dec 24, 2007 2:34 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: 'Twas the night before Christmas
Replies: 1
Views: 771

'Twas the night before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas And in the Cathedral The nave was jam-packed Solid with people. Up in the choir loft, The adrenaline flowing "Tonight we won't sound like some cattle lowing." Clarissa the organist Peered over the rail The structure gave way - She disappeared with a wail. T...
by JW
Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:47 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Order of service for Christmas Masses
Replies: 26
Views: 6150

This will contribute to the database for anyone reading this thread next year. I got our list at our rehearsal this morning - church was freezing cold and the organ was supposed to have been tuned in December but wasn't - I'll have to get on to the Tuner after the holidays. The reeds are unusable. T...