Posts Tagged ‘Church Music’

Music ministry conference a success

Friday, November 18th, 2016

The first weekend in October saw Catholics converge on Christchurch for a music ministry conference. Earlier this year, Christchurch diocese was offered some formation from its own Catholic Youth Team (CYT). Catholics involved in school and parish music were invited to register for Exalt, a weekend of music workshops, time for Mass, adoration, along with free-form worship. Feedback was positive from six of the conference participants. Read more

U2 Front man tells Christian song writers to get real

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Bono, the U2 frontman offered some advice for Christian musicians. “I find in Christian art a lot of dishonesty, and I think it’s a shame,” Bono said. “I would love if this conversation would inspire people who are writing these beautiful… gospel songs, write a song about their bad marriage. Write a song about how they’re Read more

Can bad Catholic music be stopped?

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

“Extraordinary how potent cheap music is,” says a character in a Noël Coward play. And it’s true. Even in church. A morbid Victorian hymn or a Christmas carol can reduce even the most cynical atheist to tears. But even more potent, I’d argue, is church music that isn’t so much cheap as embarrassingly bad. I Read more

Mercy sister still teaching singing at 101

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

A Mercy Sister is still teaching singing at 101. Sister Mary Winefride Blake was a teacher at St Mary’s College in Wellington New Zealand for many years. She says a highlight of her long career was founding St Mary’s Schola, which became a major source of entry for young singers into church choirs and other Read more

Young millennials want authentic, quality worship most

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Millennials, young people born between 1980 and 2000, want neither conservative nor contemporary worship styles, according to US researchers. The style of worship is not their primary focus, wrote Dr Thom Rainer in the Christian Post. Their focus is on theologically rich music, authenticity and quality in worship, which reflects adequate preparation in time and Read more

Heavy metal church

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Mark Broomhead, a minister in the Church of England has an impressive thrash metal past behind him. With his band Seventh Angel he toured the world and shared a record label with metal giants such as Metallica and Slayer. Now you might think that a minister wouldn’t mention such a past that much, or would even try Read more

Church minister’s album at number 6 in NZ charts

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Songwriter and musician the Reverend Malcolm Gordon, 31, recently stepped out of full time pastoral ministry as a Presbyterian Church minister to concentrate on his music, with no expectation that his album would become a commercial success or find listeners outside of a Christian audience. He is genuinely surprised to find his album in the Read more