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by dmu3tem
Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Saturday evening Masses
Replies: 9
Views: 6017

Re: Saturday evening Masses

Yes, my experience of Saturday evening Masses is much as described above. [1] There is still a strong sense (inherited from pre-Vatican early morning Mass on Sundays) that this is a 'Low Mass' with little in the way of singing. In particular choirs stand at a discount. Likewise, though to a lesser e...
by dmu3tem
Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Noises off
Replies: 14
Views: 6269

Re: Noises off

I really do not see what the fuss is all about. I regularly play before and after services in both Anglican and Catholic churches. Everyone chats away quite happily during this; so, if anything, it reduces the 'concert type' pressure on me. I am just providing 'background music' with vaguely religio...
by dmu3tem
Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Musical accompaniment on Good Friday
Replies: 32
Views: 14539

Re: Musical accompaniment on Good Friday

Why not use other instruments as well as the organ? A mixed ensemble of voices and instruments offers exciting possibilities - and I do not mean Taize, St Thomas More or 'Folk' approaches. Also, why not also experiment with different types of keyboard - re-arrange the music so that you play to the p...
by dmu3tem
Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: The Holy Year of Mercy - are we doing anything?
Replies: 17
Views: 10424

Re: The Holy Year of Mercy - are we doing anything?

Yes, I have noted a lot of activity in terms of published literature; but, looking at the whole exercise very much as an outsider the following things strike me: [1] The title 'Year of mercy' I find most off-putting, suggesting a kind of 'droopiness' that I am sure is not intended. Maybe it is somet...
by dmu3tem
Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Music and Liturgy.
Replies: 4
Views: 3345

Re: Music and Liturgy.

However I thought Paul Inwood's review and summary of the history behind the new Gelineau Psalter translation was excellent.

Thomas
by dmu3tem
Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:00 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Carol Services
Replies: 1
Views: 2049

Re: Carol Services

Years ago at school my house did a sequence of six medieval mystery plays, complete with medieval music researched and arranged by no less a person than David Hiley, who was on the staff at the time and later wrote the massive authoritative Introduction to Western Plainchant (cannot remember the exa...
by dmu3tem
Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:19 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Animals
Replies: 4
Views: 3918

Re: Animals

'Dere's Animals, and animals, and animals, and animals, and animals, and animals - Yes Lord!'

Terrific Negro Spiritual I remember learning at school - from the Yale Song Book, no less.

Thomas
by dmu3tem
Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:22 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Service of rededication/commission of musicians, etc
Replies: 16
Views: 9552

Re: Service of rededication/commission of musicians, etc

The Anglicans do quite a bit of this sort of thing; especially in Cathedrals, but also in Parishes with vigorous choir-organ traditions. I would not be surprised if the RSCM/Sarum college do not also have materials. I know that in the Anglican church at my mother's village, there is always a special...
by dmu3tem
Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:22 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pope Francis moves to suppress liturgical abuses
Replies: 37
Views: 16027

Re: Pope Francis moves to suppress liturgical abuses

I think the bottom line with any liturgy (or details therein) is whether it 'works' for the people who attend a given service. A liturgy may be 'correct' in every detail; but if it does not meet people's needs and perceptions about what a service should do, then it is useless. It is inevitable that ...
by dmu3tem
Sat Aug 02, 2014 10:15 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pope Francis moves to suppress liturgical abuses
Replies: 37
Views: 16027

Re: Pope Francis moves to suppress liturgical abuses

Nick Baty wrote:Astounding that such practices are seen as "abuse".


Quite so! This is 'scribes and pharisees' stuff.
by dmu3tem
Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:17 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Eucharistic Adoration
Replies: 17
Views: 9001

Re: Eucharistic Adoration

I note that the original incentive for this thread was concern about attendance at religious services. I am sure that many people like the idea of 'eucharistic adoration'; but personally I find the actual title a real turnoff. Partly it is to do with the choice of vocabulary. It would be interesting...
by dmu3tem
Fri May 23, 2014 10:35 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Long-standing music director axed as £1m debt forces cutback
Replies: 23
Views: 11973

Re: Long-standing music director axed as £1m debt forces cut

Permit me to clarify a little. It's actually £50,000 a year spread over 20 years to cover a debt of £1 miliion. The diocese has doubled the term in order to make it only £50,000 a year instead of £100,000. So the cathedral is paying off an accumulated debt of £1 million at a rate of £50,000 a year ...
by dmu3tem
Thu May 22, 2014 2:39 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Long-standing music director axed as £1m debt forces cutback
Replies: 23
Views: 11973

Re: Long-standing music director axed as £1m debt forces cut

when financial considerations are given as the ostensible reason for dismissing people whom a diocese then laments, the actual reason is usually political. In the case of Hallam, £50,000 a year debt is peanuts, and not a reason for firing a valued minister to the diocesan community. Hallam is not t...
by dmu3tem
Tue May 20, 2014 10:08 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Long-standing music director axed as £1m debt forces cutback
Replies: 23
Views: 11973

Re: Long-standing music director axed as £1m debt forces cut

Whether business criteria should really be appropriately applied to the particular music ministry of this topic. Were the same criteria applied to our education deliverers they may be found wanting but often unnecessarily so. On the surface this seems to prove my point. We find financial considerat...
by dmu3tem
Tue May 06, 2014 11:43 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Long-standing music director axed as £1m debt forces cutback
Replies: 23
Views: 11973

Re: Long-standing music director axed as £1m debt forces cut

Yes, the situation at Llandaff is serious. The cathedral authorities restored the organ; but, for financial reasons, they then abolished the choir. As a result some people have refused to continue donating money to the cathedral, thereby compounding the financial problem. Note that this is an almost...