The Music Service is based at Clifton Cathedral, Bristol UK.
We provide a wide range of music for liturgies at the Cathedral and also serve the Clifton Diocese.
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You can explore more about the music service on our website here.
On this page you can see the BBC TV Midnight Mass broadcast in 2020, for which we could use only 8 singers. This was practically the only live choral singing on tv over the Christmas period.
Richard Jeffrey-Gray, our Director of Music co-ordinates and directs liturgies, choirs and people, additionally overseeing the Service in terms of liturgy and repertoire.
Choral Director, John Gibbons, is principally concerned with the development and running of the Cathedral Choir for Solemn Masses and Cathedral liturgies.
The Music Group Leader (currently vacant) leads and develops the Music Group at the Cathedral for the Family Mass and Cathedral Parish liturgies.
The Clifton Diocese is also served from the Cathedral and plans are afoot to hold music days in conjunction with the Department for Liturgy to provide a more complete experience of formation with them.
Since we are a Music Service, we make ourselves available to help with anyone in the Diocese involved with, or who has concerns about music, so don’t hesitate to contact us. We advise on situations, repertoire, resources, organs and sound systems through the year. Our Director of Music recently commissioned a sound system as part of an RIBA award winning project and was acoustic advisor on several nationally award winning others.
The Music Service is happy to arrange for diocesan musicians to lead worship or training days at your parish.
Celebrations included in this might be Mass for special or important occasions, confirmations, dedications, baptisms and so on. We can also supply musicians for weddings and funerals. Carol services can also be covered.
The Music Service is funded by the Cathedral and Diocese, but we have to make a charge for these services since the funding only extends as far as diocesan liturgies. The charges go towards paying the professional musicians we use as well as the costs of administration.
Grateful thanks are extended to our former Director of Music, Christopher Walker, who has stepped in to sing at many of our Masses and other liturgies as we recover our forces at this challenging time. His international reputation as a composer and performer is well deserved and it is a blessing to us both that he started here and continues to support us so faithfully.
Clifton Cathedral Junior Choir sings Vespers on a Friday and some Sunday Masses. If you know a boy or girl in school years 3-11 who likes singing and enjoys music, do please consider contacting the Cathedral Organist and Junior Choir Director, Stephen Bryant, to learn more about becoming a chorister here.
Singing opportunities at Clifton
We are pleased to invite applications for new choir members in all voice parts. Scholarship and Exhibitioner positions available.
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