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InHarmony eNews No 1
October 2016
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Welcome...

... to the first InHarmony eNews

This newsletter is to keep you informed about St Edmundsbury Cathedral's InHarmony Project. You're receiving it because either you're an incumbent at a parish in the Diocese, or are involved in playing or leading music, or perhaps because you have completed the InHarmony Survey questionnaire for your church - or just because you've asked to be kept informed.

Whatever the reason, we hope you will find InHarmony eNews helpful. The InHarmony Project is an exciting initiative by the Cathedral, working with the diocese and the Growing in God vision, to enrich and enable music in worship across the churches in the county - not by making clones of cathedral-style worship, but by supporting worship that is appropriate to each local community, in a wide variety of traditions. By providing support and training where it’s needed, and by providing a means of enabling church musicians to keep in touch with the bigger picture, we can help to achieve the Diocesan vision for growth.

There is an astonishing breadth of music happening every Sunday in churches all across Suffolk. The Anglican Church is noted for its diversity, and this is reflected in the range of styles of music used in worship. From the traditional choir and organ approach to contemporary worship bands, churches are using music as a vital part of the church's mission, and of way we express our worship. Those involved in playing or singing in church are all part of a Suffolk-wide team - but perhaps we don't always feel it, because we’re all working away in our own parishes, often with little knowledge of what is going on in other churches.

Some of our churches are well-resourced, but there are many who long for more musicians and singers to help them develop worship that is relevant and attractive for the 21st century. Finding a solution is no easy task, but we hope that InHarmony eNews will begin to make a difference, by raising awareness of what music-making is going on, and who is providing it.

Growing in God

The Diocesan Growing in God initiative encourages us to develop vibrant, flourishing congregations that bring God’s kingdom into local communities. One of the first steps towards growth is working together, so it’s our prayer that the InHarmony Project will help to inform and encourage all involved in music for worship in the Diocese.  Whatever the preferred musical style of each church, and whether it is graced with plentiful or meagre musical resources, our aim should be united: to bring glory to God in our worship, together, in harmony.

Richard Hubbard
Parish Music Development Researcher


InHarmony Survey

The first phase of the InHarmony Project is a comprehensive survey of music provision and music needs across the Diocese. In this we are immensely grateful for the work done by the Suffolk Organists Association, whose survey in 2014 provided a valuable bank of information that has informed the current project. The InHarmony Survey takes this significantly further, seeking to establish not only what is currently happening in each church, but encouraging churches to identify areas in which they would like to grow and develop their music.

300 churches so far...

Once the data is gathered, a report will be prepared, to be completed by March 2017. For this to happen, all questionnaires need to be returned by the end of 2016. Nearly 300 churches have responded so far. The statistics will only be accurate if every church completes the questionnaire. It can be done online, on paper, or by phone. If you need a reminder of how to get the questionnaire, or to check whether your church has completed it, email Richard Hubbard.

The survey includes a list of 20 possible workshops that the project might run. Of the replies received so far, the four most requested workshops are:

  • Planning and Leading All-Age Worship
  • Using Music Creatively in Prayers
  • The Music of the Iona Community
  • Planning and Leading a Taizé service

InHarmony Project plans are now underway for workshops and events to respond to these requests - more details coming very soon. We’ll also be looking at providing training in many of the other 16 topics raised in the questionnaire as soon as we are able.

If you have any questions or ideas, don't hesitate to get in touch with Richard Hubbard, music.deveopment@stedscathedral.org, or the Cathedral's Canon Precentor, Rev. Philip Banks, precentor@stedscathedral.org. The InHarmony Project is here for you, and we'd be delighted to hear from you.

Events Diary
We plan to use this section of the eNews to show events around the Diocese that will help to equip and inspire those involved in music and worship. This first issue has just a small selection, shown in date order. By coincidence, they are all in or near Ipswich, but I'm sure things happen elsewhere in Suffolk! If you know of an event that you think should be included in the next issue, please email music.development@stedscathedral.org

CHORAL OPEN DAY
Saturday 8 October. 10am - 5.30pm, St Mary's, Woodbridge IP12 4LP

Come and sing Vivaldi's Gloria, with organ and orchestra. Admission free. Informal concert at 4pm. 

t: Andrew Clarke 01394 410449 or Bob Pegnall 01394 386822

family@church TRAINING and WORKSHOP DAY
Saturday 29 October. 10am, Barham Church Hall IP6 0PT

Workshops based on the family@church model, including a music workshop with Karl Hunnibell and Richard Hubbard. The day will end with an example worship session in church. Bring your own lunch, drinks provided.

t: Carl Melville 07554 014695
ecarlmelville@hotmail.com

COMING SOON TO A WORLD NEAR YOU
Sunday 4 December, 6pm
, Holy Trinity Church, Ipswich IP3 8AJ

A service exploring Advent, with Cantus Firmus Choir, musicians and drama.

t: Debbie Cook 01473 687333
e: debbie.cook@cantusfirmus.org.uk
w: www.cantusfirmus.org.uk

MESSIAH
Saturday 17 December, 6pm, 
St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich IP1 3BE

Ipswich Chamber Choir, Tower Chamber Choir & The Choristers of St Mary-le-Tower, conducted by Christopher Borrett. Singers from churches in the area are invited to take part in this performance in order to celebrate the power of music both as an integral part of our shared Christian faith and as an engagement with our wider communities.

Poster     Letter of invitation

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