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Alan Bullard showcases the Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems, St Barnabas

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Composers event, Chelmsford Cathedral Learning Centre

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Developing Aural & Sight-reading Skills, St Nicholas Church

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RSCM Brentwood Choral Festival, Brentwood Cathedral

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Organ Workshop with Richard Brasier, St Mary's Church

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West Gallery Workshop and Georgian Evensong, St Mary's Church

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Alan Bullard showcases the Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems

Sat 30 September 2017 at 14:30

Cost £10 including hire of music – Under 18s go free.

A great opportunity for leaders and members of choirs and music groups of all sizes and denominations to add to their versatility and resources.

Following the success of The Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems, Alan Bullard has now edited The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems a vital resource for all churches. This collection caters for church choirs of all types and sizes, enabling them to have at their fingertips, easy music for every occasion. The collection presents flexibility in a constructive and realistic way, with particular provision for unison or two-part singing, whilst not forgetting SATB choirs.

With complete coverage of the Church’s year, a fabulous range of accessible, quality material and a focus too on ease of learning and performance.

Alan Bullard was born in London, and studied with Herbert Howells at the Royal College of Music and at Nottingham University. He enjoyed a successful career in music education and most recently as Head of Composition at Colchester Institute. He now devotes most of his time to composing, editing and arranging. His music unfailingly appeals to both performers and audiences and he has written for all kinds of choirs, with instrumental works for a variety of ensembles and orchestras. Alan is also a respecter writer of music for examination syllabuses and educational albums. As well as the inspirational Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems and Oxford Book of Flexible Carols, his major publications include Alan Bullard Carols, Alan Bullard Anthems and the three cantatas Wondrous Cross, O Come Emmanuel and A light in the Stable. He and his wife Janet also write the Pianoworks series for the older beginner.

Further information from Duncan Paterson Telephone: 020 8554 9499

St Barnabas, Browning Road, Manor Park, E11 6PB


Composers event

Sat 07 October 2017 at 09:00

led by James Davy Do you compose music for your church? The morning will look at writing hymn tunes, responsorial psalms, Anglican chant, descants and other liturgical items; people can bring items for review and feedback if they wish. Further information from James Davy

Chelmsford Cathedral Learning Centre


Developing Aural & Sight-reading Skills

Sat 07 October 2017 at 14:00

Workshop directed by James Davy to include:- Voice for Life (levels white, light and dark blue and bronze). Teaching and practising the set requirements for choristers to master aural and sight singing skills, and a session on John Rutter’s ‘For the Beauty of the Earth’. Please bring your own copy of this anthem. Group discussion; how are we progressing with Voice for Life since the first introductory discussion and workshop at St. Luke’s Tiptree. This event is free and open to choir trainers, choristers and other interested parties Further information from and bookings contact Emmelia van der Walt or phone text 07940 512407 Full details will be mailed out shortly.

St Nicholas Church, Witham, Essex, CM8 2JS


RSCM Brentwood Choral Festival

Sat 21 October 2017 at 10:00

A One-day Come and Sing Event for Choirs and Individual Singers led by Andrew Wright, MA (Oxon), ARCO, PGCE, Hon. FGCM, KSG, Master of the Music, Brentwood Cathedral.

Brentwood Cathedral, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, CM15 8AT


Organ Workshop with Richard Brasier

Sat 04 November 2017 at 10:00

This morning’s event is a combined Master-class and Workshop and is designed for all organists who would like professional help and encouragement with any aspect of their playing – at all levels. Please bring something to play – a hymn or a piece or some service music. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to have top quality advice from Richard, who is currently Director of Music at St Laurence, Upminster, and teaches both at Sevenoaks School and for the Royal College of Organists Academy. He is musical editor for Dr J Butz Musikverlag (publishers) in Germany, where he studied after gaining his performance diploma from the Royal Academy in London. He is establishing himself as a fine player, giving recitals both here and on the continent. His work at the RCO Summer Academy has been described as “inspirational and truly encouraging”

St Mary's Church is in Hall Lane, a turning off Shenfield Road A1025 Parking is available next to the church or at the school opposite The church is about 10 minutes walk from Shenfield Station Buses: No 81 (Shenfield Stn – Brentwood) pass the end of Hall Lane

Time: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm.

Please arrive by 9.45 for a prompt start at 10.00.

There will be a break for tea/coffee during the morning

Adults £7.50
*School pupils £4

*Those under 18 years of age, unless accompanied by an adult responsible for them, must provide an indemnity form signed by a parent or guardian before the event begins.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORM below and return it to John Rippin, not later than Monday 30th October

Any queries, problems &c, please email him at:

St Mary's Church, Shenfield, CM15 9AL


West Gallery Workshop and Georgian Evensong

Sun 10 December 2017 at 00:00

Workshop 3pm Georgian Evensong 6pm Directed by Dr. Francis Roads. A seasonal workshop for musicians and singers, culminating in Georgian Evensong led by Revd Dr. Gordon Giles M.Litt., B.A. Mulled wine and mince pies. All in one of the finest Georgian Churches in England. full details on circular attached.

St Mary's Church, Wanstead, E11 2LP


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