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?

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?"

OneLicence have responded to the current situation by granting a free temporary licence valid until Wednesday 15 April 2020 to all churches, allowing churches without a licence to use their copyright material on service sheets or projected onto a screen.

The details, and simple instructions, can be found on the OneLicence website.

OneLicence have no means of communicating this to churches who don't currently have a licence, so please do spread the word!

It's important to note that this only covers OneLicence material, not CCLI. The latter have advised us that they have "no plans" to do anything similar.

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.

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.

We organise workshops on all aspects of liturgical music. See our gallery of previous events and follow us on our Facebook page for details of forthcoming activities.

Upcoming events

Future events will be displayed as they become available.

Gallery of past events

Please visit our gallery of past events to find out more about what we do.

Archived resources

Visit our archived resources page to view a selection of music or hymm recommendations.