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