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.

 

Music

at Clifton Cathedral

The Music Team at Clifton Cathedral

Richard Jeffrey-Gray, our Director of Music
co-ordinates and directs liturgies, choirs and people, additionally overseeing the Music Service in terms of liturgy and repertoire.

 

Stephen Bryant, the Cathedral Organist is principally concerned with the care and playing of the Cathedral Organ, and also runs our Junior Choir.

 

Choral Director, David Bednall, is principally concerned with the development and running of the Cathedral Choir for Solemn Masses and Cathedral liturgies.

 

The 9.30am Mass is led by Gill McLorinan.

You can explore more about the music service on our website here

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.

Diocesan Cantors/Organists

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.

Music Lists 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

9.30am Mass

Entrance Jesus Christ is waiting
Glory to God Mass of Mary of the Cross – Walker
Psalm Praise the Lord
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia! Praise to Christ – Walsh
Offertory We have gathered round your table
Eucharistic Acclamations Mass of Mary of the Cross – Walker
Lamb of God Mass of Mary of the Cross – Walker
Communion Christ’s is the world in which we move
Recessional Jesus Christ is waiting

11.15am Mass
Organ Prelude
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr-  Johann Gottfried Walter (1684-1748)
Entrance Immortal, invisible
Introit O nata lux – Thomas Tallis (c.1505–1585)
Gloria Mass in Eb – Joseph Rheinberger (1839-1901)
Psalm Common Psalm – Farrell
Gospel Acclamation Medieval Alleluia – Walker
Offertory Super flumina Babylonis – T L de Victoria (1548-1611)
Sanctus Lux et origio
Lamb of God Missa in honorem Ioannis Pauli PP.1 John Gibbons
Communion Ave verum corpus – Orlando di Lasso (c1532-1594)
Recessional Now thank we all our God
Organ Voluntary Fugue in G minor (BWV 578) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Funeral music

A Roman Catholic funeral, like all funerals, is a time of sadness and mourning. However, in the Catholic faith there is joy in the belief that a funeral represents the passing of the beloved into eternal life. It is our goal to make this process as easy as possible.

A funeral should reflect the life of the one that has passed before us and should uplift those who are left behind.

SUNG VESPERS

Following the Summer break, Sung Vespers will be returning to the Cathedral from 9th September at 5.15pm on Fridays and all are warmly invited to come. We are very happy to welcome new children to join us – no previous experience necessary – come for fun and singing each Friday. Please get in touch with Stephen Bryant at juniorchoir@cliftondiocese.com  if you would like to join our childrens’ choir.

CHORAL SCHOLARSHIPS AND EXHIBITIONS

Congratulations to everyone who has recently received their A level results. If you’re coming to university or college in Bristol and enjoy choral singing, take a look at what’s on offer at the iconic Clifton Cathedral. We have both scholarships and exhibitions available.
 
We are looking forward to an exciting year when we will be celebratiing 50 years since the consecration of the Cathedral, with lots of special events to mark this milestone!
For more information visit our website https://www.cliftonms.com/scholarships.html.

Music for your wedding

There is nothing better than music to create the right atmosphere at your wedding, and deciding which music should be played is one of the most important decisions you need to make when planning your big day.

Before selecting the music for your wedding you should contact Richard Jeffrey-Gray, the Director of Music who will be happy to advise you, email music@cliftondiocese.com. Richard is a musician with over 30 years’ experience of playing for weddings, if he is unavailable to play for your wedding another professional organist will be booked on your behalf – there is no change in the fee if this is the case.

With the help of our music staff and the attached suggestions we endeavour to make choosing the music for your wedding an enjoyable and rewarding part of your preparations. If you are having a Nuptial Mass there are a few other aspects to consider which we will go through you with when we meet.

VISITING CHOIR

Clifton Cathedral was filled with the joyful sound of two choirs joined in song at Sunday morning’s(13th February) 11.15am Mass.

Our own Cathedral Choir had the pleasure of singing alongside the Chamber Choir of St George’s School, Windsor, who are enjoying a short tour of the area with their director James Wilkinson, a University of Bristol alumni. Under the direction of newly appointed choral director David Bednall, the choirs sang parts of the ‘Spatzen Mass’ by W A Mozart and music by C V Stanford. We were also delighted to welcome distinguished church composer and organist Malcolm Archer who also directed the choirs for his introit ‘Blest are the pure in heart’ and more Mozart. Lastly, and by no means least, our Director of Music Richard Jeffrey-Gray was also on hand to play, direct and oversee the visit of the enthusiastic young choir.

We hope the choir enjoyed their visit and they will remember singing in our wonderful Cathedral – we may even see them again sometime.

Clifton Cathedral Choir

The Cathedral Choir is on the hunt for volunteers and would particularly welcome tenors and basses. The choir rehearses on Friday evenings and sings the Sunday 11.15am Mass and other special services. Entry is through audition.

Please email Choral Director David Bednall at choir@cliftonms.com if you would like more details, or come and speak to him after Mass.

Email

Director of Music
Richard Jeffrey-Gray
music@cliftondiocese.com

Email

Choral Director
David Bednall
choir@cliftonms.com

Email

Organist & Junior Choir Director
Stephen Bryant
Juniorchoir@Cliftondiocese.com