Early each year, Church Music Dublin runs this popular short course in music, liturgy and worship. It aims to help church musicians understand their role in a wider context than simply playing an instrument or directing a choir.
The course takes place on Saturday mornings and has something for everyone – musicians, worship leaders, clergy and others with pastoral responsibility – all who have an interest in the music of worship. Practical music skills are not required to take part.
The sessions are fairly informal and dialogue between the speakers and those attending is encouraged. Most speakers include some singing as part of their presentations. There is a break for refreshments half-way through the morning – always a splendid opportunity to greet old friends and make new.
Click here to view a list of speakers and subjects in previous years.
Living Worship 2017
Saturday 11 March 2017 at 10am in Monkstown Parish Church, Carrickbrennan Road, A94 HH97.
Dr John Rowntree worked professionally as a structural and civil engineer before turning to music. A regular visitor to Ireland, John is an organ advisor and currently holds the posts of Director of the Choir and Organist at Douai Abbey and Director of Music at St Mary’s Parish Church, Douai Abbey, in Berkshire. His topic will be Singing in Community — and How!.
While prior booking is not essential, a brief email to firstname.lastname@example.org would be appreciated.
Previous sessions in 2017:
Saturday 14 January 2017
The Revd Dr Richard Clutterbuck is a minister of the Methodist Church of Great Britain and Principal of Edgehill Theological College, Belfast. Before joining Edgehill he spent nine years as Principal of the ecumenical West of England Ministerial Training Course. He is a member of the Society for the Study of Theology.
Taking Why Liturgy? as his topic, Richard explained the fundamental structure of the worship as followed by the principal Christian churches, and emphasised the importance of selecting hymns appropriate to the scripture readings and their position in the service. He circulated a printout of the Powerpoint slides used to illustrate his talk.
Saturday 4 February 2017
The Very Revd Tom Gordon is Dean of Leighlin. He was Priest Vicar at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin from 1996 to 2010 and for some years was on the staff of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute. He presented on the topic of Why Christians Worship, with particular focus on the Eucharist. Excerpts from Tom’s presentation will feature on our website in the near future.