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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...

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...

Who shows mercy?

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 11:17am on 28th May 2016
How have you heard about the Year of Mercy?  Who has told you about it?  Where have you experienced it?  I wouldn’t be surprised if your answer was: mainly from priests and in Confession, since many parishes have observed the Year of Mercy by providing more access to the Sacrament...

United in Harmony

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 05:24am on 19th April 2015
The outcome of the general election on Thursday 7th May is unpredictable.  Immigration has proved a significant issue, and Alex Massie heralded this as ‘the outsiders’ election’ in the Big Issue (February 23 – March 1, 2015) since more than 25% of the electorate are migrant voters, born overseas but...

Singing the Psalms

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 13:39pm on 13th May 2014
Many churches claim not to sing psalms. I think they mean there’s no evensong with its rich tradition of chanted psalmody, or that a hymn is sung between readings, not a responsorial psalm. In fact, much church music finds its source in the psalms. In exploring the issue of how...

Singing Unaccompanied - Advice for Congregations

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 12:21pm on 13th June 2013
Frances Novillo, Regional Music Adviser, London and the South, says: In general, work out whether a piece starts low, high or in the middle of the range of notes explored but don’t worry too much about exact pitch. Recognize for example, that ‘Now thank we all our God’ (Nun danket)...
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