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News item - September 2016

St Michael's Catholic Church, Linlithgow

St Michael's Linlithgow

News item - May 2016

St Michael's Catholic Church, Linlithgow

Afternoon for Organ Beginners

St Michael's Linlithgow

Saturday 28 May 2016
2-4 pm

St Michael's, 53 Blackness Road, Linlithgow, EH49 7JA

If you are an organ beginner or a pianist thinking about playing the organ in your church, you are very welcome to come to this short training afternoon at St Michael's Church.

The session will be led by St Michael's organist, Dr Evelyn Stell.

Topics covered will include:

  • understanding how the organ works
  • organ technique as opposed to piano
  • reading the music at different skill levels
  • leading the people at Mass
  • working with cantors
  • overcoming nerves

Participants will have the chance to play, but only if they wish to.

The afternoon is free, but participants are asked to book in advance to ensure that there will be course materials for everyone. A selection of music will be on sale, including the best-selling 100 Hymns for Organ Beginners, and some easy voluntaries.

St Michael's has two organs, a very beautiful pipe organ built in 1874 and a small electronic with an excellent tone. There is also an electronic piano. This is a chance to compare the different types of instrument.

It is also an opportunity for beginners to meet and compare notes with others. The session will end with a cup of tea in the hall.

St Michael's Catholic Church (not to be confused with the famous medieval St Michael's) is easy to find. It has a large car park and there are good connections by bus and train. Directions are available if you need them.

Enquiries and booking:
Evelyn Stell

You can download this information in PDF format HERE.

News item - March 2016

Visit to Edinburgh of American choir in May 2016

Notre Dame Folk Choir
Notre Dame Folk Choir

Edinburgh parish musician Maureen Bruce writes:

From 17-23 May, my parish of St Joseph's Broomhouse in Edinburgh is hosting a visit of the University of Notre Dame choir from Indiana, USA. There will be a total of 50 singers and instrumentalists. They will be with us for a week delivering a series of concerts, services and events. Part of this will be an education workshop focused on music for liturgy.

The Director of this choir, Steven Warner, is a well-known liturgical music leader and musician/arranger/composer alongside his Associate Director Karen Kirner who is an accomplished organist/composer/arranger. The choir is celebrating 30 years of service to the Church and their visit is part of a wider tour to Ireland and Scotland.

Steven Warner is a sought-after conference and workshop speaker and receives invitations from all across the US, Ireland and Australia. The choir covers a wide range of music from traditional, chant, contemporary, spirituals, Hispanic, Celtic and African traditions so there should be something for everyone. He has led many large grand events but also has valuable things to say about building music in a small parish.

Thanks to the generosity of the choir's publishers World Library Publications, we have secured free access to hard copies of a 33 page colour-printed work book ( value $10USD) that people can use at the workshop and take away with them as a free resource. It contains samples of Masses, hymns, psalms and chants for liturgical use.

The following events are open to all:

WEDNESDAY 18 MAY 5.30 pm - sung evening prayer at Greyfriars Kirk - an ecumenical service with students and staff from Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities.

FRIDAY 20 MAY 7:30pm - evening concert at St Joseph's Church Broomhouse, Edinburgh

SATURDAY 21 MAY 2-4pm - "Music for the Eucharist" A workshop for anyone interested in parish liturgical music. Led by Steven Warner with the Choir supporting - PLEASE RSVP TO MAUREEN BRUCE BY 31 MARCH for this event to secure your copies of the work book which need to be ordered advance from the US.

SATURDAY 21 MAY 7:30pm - Charity concert at St Catharine's convent, Edinburgh

SUNDAY 22 MAY 6:00pm - ecumenical service at St Andrew's Church of Scotland, Edinburgh under the auspices of the Ecumenical Commission of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh

All enquiries to Maureen Bruce, douglasbruce@blueyonder.co.uk

View and listen to the choir at these links:

Out of Darkness - Notre Dame Folk Choir
Notre Dame Folk Choir sings "Rosa Mystica" at the Abbey of Gethsemani
Come to the Living Stone
Notre Dame Folk Choir - Set Your Heart on the Higher Gifts

August 2015

Monsignor Michael Regan

It was with great sadness that we at Forth in Praise heard of the death on Thursday 27 August of our former director and mentor, Monsignor Michael Regan.

Michael Regan was Director of Liturgy for the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh until his retirement through ill-health earlier this year. Forth in Praise was originally an offshoot of the Liturgy Commission and operated under Father Regan's direction for eleven years. The remit he set us - that we should help parishes to produce the music they wanted, whatever its style - was wise and full of common sense. His sympathetic support and trust, and his invariable good humour greatly encouraged our little band of volunteers, and probably did much towards holding us together.

He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.

Monsignor Michael Regan