If ye love me

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In our composer-focussed service on 14 May, one of our musicians shared this thought about polyphonic music (that is, music with more than one interdependent vocal line): What I love about singing a cappella [unaccompanied] … Read More

Advent every day

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The season of Advent isn’t here yet, but choirs have already been preparing for some time. Preparing for the season of preparation. Expectantly acting towards the season of expecting. We all work ahead of each … Read More

The Art of Hymn Playing

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I heard some of our team of musicians chatting about how they map out organ registration in order to engage the congregation when we sing hymns, and I asked Michael Watkins to share some of … Read More

Ye gates, lift up your heads

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Recently we explored the meaning of antiphon and antiphonal in Sound returning sound. My basic definition of antiphonal music as we now us the term, and as it has been used for much of its … Read More

Sound returning sound

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You might have heard of the terms antiphon and antiphonal in relation to church music (as well as music generally). These terms are so nearly identical that it’s a surprise to find that they mean … Read More

Pause and Rest

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Today I glanced at a page of sheet music and my attention was captured by a tiny part of the page that suggested a sort of pun – a pause and a rest together. A … Read More

Practising the presence of us

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Here’s a problem most of us can relate to if we ever take on a special role in worship, such as reading, acting a tableau or saying a prayer. A novice musician admits: “I have … Read More