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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...

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)...

Celebrity Culture

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 03:17am on 28th January 2013
Summer 2012 added many sports stars to the ranks of popular celebrities, a canon which includes the brilliant and talented alongside people accused of being famous for doing nothing.  Jesus was not a celebrity.  He did not seek out the acclaim of huge crowds nor was he universally supported, even...
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