02 March 2015

When Jo Boyce and Mike Stanley met more than twenty years ago, Mike was a member of the popular Birmingham-based Irish folk band, Drowsy Maggie. A few years later he went on to form his own Irish band called Shenanigans, alongside his wife, Yvonne.

Celebrating a legacy

As our CJM music ministry diary got busier and took us further and further afield, the responsibilities of also having a young family, meant Mike was seen less frequently of the Irish gig circuit. But the folk music scene remained close to his heart and had a powerful influence on his liturgical song-writing (and his ability to play as many instruments as he could get his hands on). Continue Reading…

19 February 2015

Each season in the liturgical calendar has a selection of Common Psalms and/or Common Response(s). 
They idea is that they can be used in place of the given psalm for any Sunday or weekday during that season.

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The three psalms below are the Common Psalms for Lent.  The text of these psalm really captures the essence of the season, and they are a great place to start for any community Continue Reading…

13 February 2015

It’s that time of year again, when we will be entering Lent and all around the world people have scheduled dates for using our Born For This resources to tell the story of Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection. Although our own team isn’t presenting Born for This anywhere this Lent, it’s encouraging to know that the legacy lives on and that so many will be gathering to present and witness this moving portrayal of the Stations of the Cross over the coming weeks!

BFT 2015 Performance Dates

In this article we have a round up of the upcoming Born For This dates that we know about – thanks to your responses to our Facebook and Twitter questions, plus a few emails received.  If you are planning a Born For This event and would like it shared on this website, please click here to complete a short form.  Continue Reading…

Jo Boyce and the CJM MUSIC Collective with the choir and congregation of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Sutton Coldfield.  Broadcast on BBC Songs of  Praise on Sunday 25th January 2015.

16 January 2015

This year St Philip’s Cathedral in Birmingham marks it 300 years of faith in the heart of the city.  As part of their programme of celebration they ate hosting “One Christ ~ Many Voices: 24 Hours of Prayer

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We are looking forward to being part of this wonderful event alongside Archbishop Bernard Longley, bringing some distinctively Catholic style of prayer in the form of a Rosary meditation on the Mysteries of Light.
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08 January 2015

Back in November 2014, we spent two exhausting but enjoyable evenings with a wonderful massed choir and congregation at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Sutton Coldfield, recording a dozen or so songs for BBC Songs of Praise.

Songs of Praise from Holy Tinity Catholic Church Sutton Coldfield

The last time we were on Songs of Praise was probably back in 2007 when we first released our Age to Age I – Songs for a Pilgrim People. With the new format of the programme, they were looking for more Catholic content, and we were delighted to be given the chance to be involved again.  Continue Reading…

05 December 2014

The season of Advent is a blessed time of anticipation and preparation for that wonderful festival of the Incarnation we call Christmas. We are invited to commit ourself a new to waiting in joyful hope for the second coming of Christ our King, while also marking and celebrating that awesome first-coming of Jesus as a Baby in Bethlehem.

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As well as the familiar seasonal carols and hymns, there are many other beautiful songs which can help us to explore the treasured mysteries of these great seasons. Here are 8 of our home-grown favourites:  Continue Reading…

02 December 2014

We just can’t quite bring ourselves to call an event on 12th December a Christmas Concert –  so we’ve settled on the idea of an Advent Celebration.  If you were there last year, you’ll know it still promises to be a fun, uplifting, family event that will be perfect preparation for Christmas.

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Like last year, this event is one week earlier than our Christmas concert of year’s past and will be slightly shorter (one set, with no interval).  And we’re only doing one date this year … Continue Reading…

27 November 2014

One keen young man, probably no more than 11 years old, took the time to count heads… He told me in the interval that there were 47 of us on stage! If you add 11 dancers, that makes a staggering 58 performers gathered to celebrate the life and musical legacy of Mike Stanley.

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From the moment musicians and singers started arriving at 10am for rehearsal I knew is was going to be a special day. Each new arrival had that same look in their eyes, that needed no words… Continue Reading…