Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Diocesan Church Music Association

The DCMA is the music committee of the Diocesan Liturgy Team. As such, its aims are to develop the skills of parish musicians and foster the best practice and highest standards of music in the liturgy of the churches and schools of the Diocese.

How can we help?

We can:

  • Signpost and provide suitable resources to enhance the quality of liturgical music;

  • Upskill parish musicians by leading cantor workshops;

  • Organise singing days and workshops focusing on particular aspects of music, or seasons of the church’s year;

  • Help support partnerships if they wish to learn some core repertoire, e.g. Mass settings;

  • Offer leadership support to musicians at deanery days of reflection;

  • Support schools by holding music workshops for pupils and music leaders;

  • Organise composers’ days to give a voice to the composers of our diocese who wish to share new material.

  • Offer advice on copyright issues.

Do you have any special requests for workshops and/or locations? For example, we are considering a ‘have a go at the organ’ day, would this be of interest to you, perhaps?

Are there any budding keyboard players out there who would like to develop their skills?

Contact Us:

If you'd like to contact us directly with questions or suggestions, email us or call Alison McLean (chair) tel: 0191 371 9184 or Frances Simmons (Secretary) tel: 01325 308045.

A request from the Diocesan Church Music Association:

A call–out to all those who help in any way with liturgical music in their parish.

As the Coronavirus restrictions continue, particularly here in the North–East, the DCMA would love to know how parish musicians have been coping. Are you perhaps recording at home? Or maybe you are lucky enough to be back in church, and if so, what are you able to provide to enhance the Liturgy at this difficult time when there is still no congregational singing?

Please email us your comments.

We hope that this may lead to a potential Zoom meeting where we can share our ideas and support each other through this strangest of times.

Coronavirus (COVID–19) update:

You are probably aware of the guidance from the Bishops' Council of England and Wales about the measures parishes should take to respond to the spread of Coronavirus.

Since March 10th these measures have been at Stage 2, as outlined on their website. These include stopping, for the time being, the use of shared hymnbooks. Many parishes are now printing hymns on service sheets, but it has raised the question "Is this legal, because our parish does not have a licence?"

If you have any questions about your own parish's situation, please do send us an email and we will try to help.

Join our Mailing List:

The most regular bit of feedback we get after any event is "we wish we'd known about that!". So do let us have your contact details, and we'll keep you in the loop about upcoming events and matters of interest to musicians within the Diocese. Any information you can give us on the contact form about yourself and the music in your parish will help us to plan events; it will also help the sharing of resources and ideas across our parishes. Complete and submit the form here.

We organise workshops on all aspects of liturgical music. Follow us on our Facebook page for details of forthcoming activities.

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