25 November 2016

Jo Boyce’s soulful setting of the Magnificat is a firm favourite for many, often heard in Lourdes and in schools and parished across the UK and beyond.

In this video tutorial Jo shares a few useful guitar tips and techniques.
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17 November 2016

Advent is more than a season of waiting – it is a season of prayerful expectation and anticipation. Through the four weeks of Advent the readings and psalms express the two-fold nature of this profound sense of expectation.

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Firstly we anticipate, with joyful hope, the second coming of Jesus. Secondly, we anticipate the joy-filled feast of the Nativity, when we celebrate the give thanks for the first coming of Jesus. Continue Reading…

14 November 2016

This year, our Prepare the Way Advent & Christmas Concerts will take Jo Boyce and the band to three new venues in Liverpool, Sutton Coldfield and Wolverhampton.

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With this being our 20th anniversary year, we can’t help but be a little nostalgic, looking back over how our Christmas show has evolved over the last two decades. Continue Reading…

17 October 2016

The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy draws to a close. But the call to be merciful as the Father is merciful will continue to echo in our lives.

 

“Teach us to be merciful
As Father, you are merciful.
Lead us by your Grace, so that we
may be the face of your mercy

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15 September 2016

Mary’s willingness to surrender to God’s will and become the Mother of our Saviour makes her a model of faith for us all. More than that, by God’s Grace, she is our Mother too, always leading us to her Son.

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Given our devotion to Mary, it comes as no surprise that there is an abundance of Marian Solemnities, Feasts of Our Lady and (optional) memorials of the Blessed Virgin Mary in our liturgical calendar. We also have May, which considered the “month of Mary“, Continue Reading…

19 August 2016

It’s taken FIVE years for the How Can We Keep From Singing? Volume 3 Digital Songbook on CDROM to see the light of day. The main reason is that our small team just has too many projects on the go at the same time, while also trying to keep up with a hectic ministry diary.

hcwkfs3-release-Feature ImagesThis project also has particular significance, because it was what we were working on when Mike Stanley was diagnosed with bowel cancer in December 2010. We’d finished recording the songs for the CD, so in her new role of attempting to do the work of two people, Continue Reading…

25 May 2016

We are really looking forward to being involved with the BrightLights festival this summer. Our team has played at BrightLights before, of course, But this years’s different and extra special. Here’s why…

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If you’ve been following our ministry from the very beginning, you’ll probably remember the Emmaus Festival. In 1996 we launched CJM MUSIC and spent much of that first year planning a youth festival  Continue Reading…

17 May 2016

When 2016 began we had ambitious plans for a special concert or two to celebrate our 20th year of music and ministry.  Someone even mentioned the words “live recording” at one point. Then we put everything we had into our 20th anniversary presentation of Born for This on Palm Sunday at St Chad’s Cathedral.

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It was breathtakingly wonderful. But the thought of trying to organise another large-scale event after that, made our tiny team breakout in a cold sweat! So our summer concerts will be a little bit lower key than we’d originally envisaged, for the sake of our health and sanity. Continue Reading…

04 May 2016

The official Hymn for the Holy Jubilee Year of Mercy is a beautiful, litany-style song by English liturgical composer, Paul Inwood. At first listen, though, the hymn perhaps isn’t that accessible by contemporary instruments such as guitar and piano.

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We suspect there will also be those for whom the Latin refrain and response may be a bit of an uneasy fit, for whatever reason. It’s quite possible that this lovely hymn has not been as widely used as it could be, so far in this Holy Year of Mercy. Continue Reading…