Secular Music and Masses

 A definition of music:

“Vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.”: 


Over the last couple of year during Lent we have offered contemporary and classical music as a resource by which we may listen and be inspired. Last year a number of tracks were used during evensong to similar effect.

This year there will be a simple Mass based around four different choices of music, chosen by individuals of different tastes and styles.

Each Mass will have space at the different points of the liturgy when we will rest and listen – letting the words and/or music speak to our souls.


“Rescue Me” Breabach The Desperate Battle of the Birds” 2010


Now is the Cool of the Day” Coope Boyes & Simpson


Awkward Annie” Kate Rusby




Gloria” U2


Hide Me in the Bosom”Jools Holland/The Blind Boys of Alabama


Everybody Hurts R.E.M.


All That You Have is Your Soul” Tracy Chapman



Messiaen (1908-1992) Dieu Parmi Nous

      (God among us) for Grand Organ  Jennifer Bate


J S Bach(1685-1750) Final Chorale-St.John Passion 

The Monteverdi Choir directed by John Eliot Gardiner


Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Slow movementfrom the String Quartet in G minor Quartetto Italiano


John TAVENER(1945-2014) Song for Athene

Choir of St John’s College,Cambridge, dir Chistopher Robinson


Routine” Steven Wilson Hand.Cannot.Erase 2015


Tobiume” Susumu Yokota Sakura 1999


Resurrection” Brian May Back To The Light 1992


For The Love Of God” Steve Vai Passion & Warfare 1990


“Passionflower” Jon Gomm Secrets Nobody Keeps 2013





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