News from the Musicians.
As you have noticed we have a new musician who has been with us for about 6 months. Graeme - welcome to "group. We have had a big change recently. The parish purchased a larger screen for us to use with our computer music. This has effectively put us into the "paperless" society. Instead of printing music every sunday - or trying to get the music out of a file we now have it all quickly available on computer; so we play off a computer screen. (Well two of them - sometimes three.)
Anybody who wants to come and join us in the choir - either as an intrumentalist or as a singer please talk to any of the choir members after mass or phone one of us. My number is 0823233833. We would welcome additions to the group. Music is very much part of worship at mass and the more joyful sound we can make, the better
"How the Music Happens!"
About 15+ years ago Fr Sylvester held a Liturgy course in which he taught us about the Liturgy at Mass and Liturgical correctness. A big part of this entails perusing the readings for the day and finding hymns which "match" the theme of the readings.
The musicians at mass; some are formally trained Naomi, Brigid, some are partially trained . Paul, Brother Sebastian, Gislaine and Brother Alvin. Some are completely untrained. We cannot read formal music and we play by following the "letters" of chords written above the words of the hymns we are singing. If we dont know a hymn or song we cannot play it without the help of one of the trained musicians. The three untrained ageing musicians Justin , Tim and Peter, beg your pardon when we get it wrong and sometimes sing and play strange sounds. We do however have a reasonably large repertoire of music hidden away .
Our choice of music is put together during the week prior to Saturday or Sunday mass. We try and choose hymns which are appropriate for the Mass or Feast day concerned, (liturgically correct.) This is sometimes quite a feat and in this respect we would gladly have you our fellow parishioners request hymns which you would like to sing or have sung at mass. That is provided we know the hymns and can prepare them for the Day concerned. If they are not litugically correct for the occasion I dont think we will be damned for all eternity. I am sure God allows us to bend the rules on occasions. We run a roster and all take turns in preparing the music for mass. It is quite an arduous but satisfying task.
AND we would welcome parishioner to join us in the choir and any other budding musicians who would like to join us in making the Mass a more fulfilling celebration.