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[PLEASE NOTE NEW DATES 30TH JULY - 1ST AUGUST 2021

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MESSY MESSIAH Richard & Wendy Hubbard.

‘Handel’s Messiah with 150 children? Surely not!’ Last year a group of churches in Ipswich embarked on a unique project in partnership with a cathedral, an inter-church choir, four primary schools and a professional orchestra, to perform Handel’s Messiah to an audience who would never normally go to a classical concert or to church. This workshop explores the project and the resources used, showing how schools and churches can engage with this choral classic as a mission opportunity. Richard and Wendy are a husband and wife team. Richard is a Lecturer in Music and Worship at London School of Theology and Music Development Director at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Wendy teaches piano, and works for Cantus Firmus Trust, which runs inter-church choirs in Suffolk and Essex.


NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US Christopher Walker.

Not height, nor depth, not things present or to come – not pitch nor rhythm, nothing can separate us.... Let’s explore how music can reconcile differences, reunite us from self-absorption, ‘I am right-ism’ and 'head in sand-ism'. Chris Walker, a former Director of Music at Clifton Cathedral, lives in California but is familiar in Britain and internationally, much in demand for his insights, enthusiasm, and inspiring compositions.


WORSHIPPING, WORKING AND WITNESSING AS A ‘FIELD HOSPITAL ’ CHURCH Marty Haugen.

Pope Francis has described his vision of the Catholic Church: ‘Sometimes, I speak of the Church as if it were a field hospital... So many people need their wounds healed! This is its mission: to heal the wounds of the heart, to open doors, ...to say that God
is good, God forgives all, God is the Father, God is affectionate, God always waits for us. It’s true, we have to help and create organizations that help in this... but when we forget this mission, forget poverty, forget the apostolic zeal and instead, place our hope in these human means, the Church... becomes a beautiful organization: Powerful, but not evangelical, because it lacks ...that power to heal.’ Let’s explore how life as Christians in community and worship can be yoked to our ministry as servants and apostles to a broken world. Marty Haugen is a composer, writer and pastoral musician from Minneapolis, USA.


YOUNG AND OLD JOIN HANDS Julie McCann

Inspired by ‘Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds’ on Channel 4 and the joy music brought to her dad who had dementia, Julie has set up a regular ‘60 Minute Sing’ in her local church in south London. Seniors and carers with toddlers come together to sing and play rhythm games for an hour once a week followed by a sociable tea and cake session. Come and hear what Julie and friends get up to, learn some new songs and games to play with all age groups. No co-ordination or music reading needed, just an openness to seeing how young and old can inspire and support one another through music. Julie is a child therapist and liturgical musician living in south London.


ENACTING LAUDATO SI LITURGICALLY Bob Hurd

Can Pope Francis’s call to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor shape the way we celebrate the Eucharist? Not only can the encyclical be applied liturgically, but the paschal mystery we celebrate compels us to do so! Bob will illustrate this by sharing musical resources and suggestions for preaching. Bob Hurd teaches in the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University and leads workshops and retreats. His recent book on the spirituality of the liturgy, Compassionate Christ, Compassionate People, is available from the Liturgical Press.


A SONG FOR THE EARTH Andrew Maries.

What hymns and songs could enable our worship to echo the great global cry for climate justice? Andrew is experienced in music and worship matters across denominations and worship styles. He is a former Chairman of the RSCM Devon Area and is currently a member of the Worship, Prayer and Spirituality Group in Exeter Diocese representing the worship resource agency Praxis South West.


TALKING, LISTENING AND SINGING Martin Foster.

We will look at principles of dialogue and then see how the liturgy and liturgical music reflect this - such as listening and responding. Are we missing something if we are just singing music sung by all the whole time? Martin is Director of the Liturgy Office of the Catholic Bishops' Conference, a composer and pastoral musician.


UNITY IN LITURGY Peter McGrail.

Our congregation may include people with opposing or even incompatible views, political and otherwise. How can we overcome this and put Christ first? Dr Peter McGrail, a priest of Liverpool archdiocese, is Associate Professor of Theology at Liverpool Hope university and a leading liturgical scholar.