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…

02 March 2016

It’s difficult to read Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter Misericordiae Vultus (The Face of Mercy) – and not be moved and inspired.  And it’s no surprise that in our world, such inspiration tends to lead to the writing of a new song.

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There’s no shortage of songs of the theme of God’s mercy in either our contemporary or traditional song repertoire. It is a truth that is at the very heart of our faith. In this Holy Jubilee Year of Mercy, though, there is a particular focus in the invitation to be “Merciful like the Father“. Continue Reading…

10 February 2016

There are literally dozens of beautiful songs on the themes of mercy, reconciliation, forgiveness and repentance that would be perfect for the season. We do have a few firm favourites though – the songs that are always at the top of the list when we are planning a service of reconciliation.

These songs work well before or after an examination of conscience; or during an open time of opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation; or just as part of your own prayer journey during – especially during Lent. Continue Reading…

09 February 2016

In 2006 we packed Westminster Cathedral with the landmark 10th Anniversary performance of Born for This. What a night that was. We can still remember the sight of people queuing all around the Cathedral Piazza waiting to get in.

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You don’t need to be a maths genius to work out that in 2016 we now mark our twentieth anniversary. How did we get to be so old!? And where on earth did that last decade go? Continue Reading…

30 January 2016

Lent is a wonderful season for singing and praying the Psalms. They are so rich in the language of mercy.

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On Ash Wednesday and the first Sunday of Lent, the psalm texts seem to speak more of our need for God’s mercy. The remaining Sunday’s of Year C, as we hear Luke’s account of the Transfiguration and other texts from Luke about conversion, the psalms invite us to “see the goodness of the Lord.

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09 January 2016

This episode features a reply of Mass for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Year C. It was broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship in January 2013, and it was our last public event with Mike Stanley before he died.

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This year, 2016, Year C comes round again. And it’s also the 20th anniversary of CJM MUSIC. As we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord this weekend, it seemed a wonderful opportunity to revisit this broadcast, 3 years on.

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21 December 2015

Back in the Summer of 2012 our administrative team dwindled from 5 to 3. We moved out of our office base in Coleshill, and opted for the more cost-effective 21st century concept of “working from home“.

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Modern technology made it possible for us to have meetings online, share files in the cloud and retain our telephone number, which now rings in at least 3 different locations more than 10 miles apart from each other. Continue Reading…