Videos for Cantors

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 14:27pm on 13th January 2018
In these three videos, I introduce and explain the role of the Cantor. Full of useful tips for both new and experienced cantors. 1) The role of the Cantor in liturgy 2) The particular responsibilities of the Cantor 3) The practicialities of choosing and introducing music for the Mass

I know I know that hymn

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 14:26pm on 13th January 2018
Ever started a hymn you thought everyone knew only to be met by stunned silence from your congregation?   Andy Chamberlain of Musicademy pointed out the elephant in the room (church / song-room / rehearsal space) when he blogged that when it comes to worship ‘most of the time people don’t sing the...

Models of Music-making #2

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 14:26pm on 13th January 2018
If your church can’t find a musician to lead music at Sunday worship, you’re not alone.  Each church musician can only be in one place at one time, and many of us are committed to particular parishes every Sunday.  However, some of us have time during the week to help...

Models of Music-making #1

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 14:24pm on 13th January 2018
There’s a church near me which can’t afford a music director, or rather, it hasn’t got the budget to pay someone enough to be around for every Sunday service plus all the hard work, diplomacy, admin (and music, of course!) in between.  But rather than giving up dejected, they got...

A Service of Hope: praying for those missing from home

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 14:23pm on 13th January 2018
January is a difficult month, by all accounts.  The media report Blue Monday as the most depressing day to head out to work in the cold and dark.  As a new year begins, chronic problems may appear more daunting, the prospect of struggling to cope with them for another 12 month...

Take a bow

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 10:03am on 23rd October 2017
The fantastical hippogriff is said to have a body like a horse and a head and wings like an eagle.  In J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, students are described learning to approach a hippogriff cautiously, bowing, then waiting for the creature to reciprocate.  They quickly...

The tyranny of the template

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 10:29am on 23rd June 2017
Templates are effective in liturgy preparation since they outline the shape and content which renders an act of worship recognisably Catholic.  Following a template ensures nothing vital is overlooked. However, since templates simplify and summarise, they may omit valid options available to liturgy planners, which can lead to unnecessarily repetitive and...

Music at a Time of Penitence

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 05:45am on 18th February 2017
Promote prayer, fasting, and charity in your choice and presentation of Lenten music Be restrained musically during Lent to reflect the penitential nature of the season Where possible, introduce during Lent pieces to repeat during the Triduum During Lent, carefully chosen music helps Catholics deepen their experience of this transformative season.  Hymns such...

The Church, out and about

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 10:15am on 23rd January 2017
‘The church has left the building’ is a catchy phrase adopted by Christians engaging in evangelism and social action outside of Sunday worship.  The parishioners of High Barnet parish are living out this motto while our church premises are closed for rebuilding.  We have a temporary home in a community...

Musically making ready to receive the Lord

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 05:25am on 12th November 2016
Singing more than O come, o come Emmanuel this Advent TO DO: Simplify music in Advent to contrast with decorative elaborate Christmas music             Leave Christmas music until Christmas; sing Advent songs during Advent.             Reflect Advent themes in your Mass settings as well as hymns. More than any other season, Advent is characterised...
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