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…

12 November 2014

BBC Songs of Praise is coming to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Sutton Coldfield for a TV Recording on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th November. Keen singers are invited to take part.

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Hard on the heels of their special memorial concert for Mike Stanley, Jo Boyce and the CJM MUSIC Collective will be preparing to record live renditions of many of the Catholic classics featured on Boyce &Stanley’s landmark Age to Age double album. Continue Reading…

04 November 2014

As we begin November our hearts are still full of joy from the “Joy of The Lord” Concert Tour across the UK at the end of September until early October. Jo Boyce and our talented Collective had an incredible time performing in Coventry, Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham, Feltham and Bath.

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The tour’s theme was inspired by Pope Francis’ Apostolic exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium” – The Joy of the Gospel. And we got off to a joy-filled start in Coventry. It was an especially wonderful evening shared with the superb massed choir from St Osburg’s, St Gregory’s, St Augustine’s and St Mary & St Benedict’s Primary Schools. Continue Reading…

14 October 2014

November is traditionally the month of remembrance – a time of calling to mind all those who have gone before us marked with a sign of faith. This November we will remember and celebrate the life and musical legacy of our friend and co-founder, Mike Stanley.

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Mike Stanley died on 6th June 2013 after a two and half years living with cancer. 18 months on, we can think of no more fitting tribute to him that to gather the voices and instruments of those who shared in the past 25 years of his music and ministry.

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05 September 2014

This autumn, Jo Boyce and the talented musicians of the CJM Music collective embark on a six-date Joy of the Lord Concert Tour across the UK.

Joy of the Lord Concert Tour with Jo Boyce & Friends - Autumn 2014As you’ve probably guessed, the theme of the tour – like our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes earlier this year – is inspired by Pope Francis’ Apostolic exhortation, EVANGELII GAUDIUM, The Joy of the Gospel.

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15 July 2014

Bread of Life was the first song co-written by Jo Boyce and Mike Stanley when they began their song-writing partnership in 1994. 20 years on, it remains one of their best-known and best-loved songs.

 

In this video Jo Boyce shares a few of her secret guitar tips for playing the song.
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24 June 2014

The 2014 pilgrimage was joyously bittersweet. Jo Boyce returned from her brief sabbatical to lead the music ministry team alongside Andy Ross and Dan Callow.  Yvonne Stanley (Mike’s wife) and three sons were with us for the launch of Mike’s posthumously released album, Grace, in the place that was very much like a second home to him.

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The pastoral theme in Lourdes this year is “The Joy of Conversion” – carrying echoes of Pope Francis’  Apostolic Exhortation: The Joy of the Gospel“.
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