08 January 2014

001 Remembering Mike Stanley ~ The Early Years [Podcast]

In this month’s episode, we remember and celebrate the music and legacy of our co-founder, Mike Stanley, who sadly died on Thursday 6 June 2013, aged just 48.

As we kick off the new year, Mike is very much in our hearts and minds. He would have celebrated his 49th birthday this month and one of his last public appearances with the CJM team was a year ago, for the BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship broadcast on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

Rememering Mike Stanley

Remembering Mike Stanley

In this episode Jo Boyce is talking to Andrew Moss, one of the many wonderful musicians who make up the CJM MUSIC Collective. Together they share their memories of the early days of the Boyce & Stanley musical partnership – even before the official incarnation of CJM MUSIC.

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Songs discussed and played

The songs that Jo and Andrew discuss in this episode are true CJM classics:

Andrew mentions the new Mass settings written by Mike and recorded on on Rejoice n Sing Vol. 3 and we hear the Gloria from the Mass of St Jude.  He also talks about being involved in the recording of ssongs for How Can We Keep from Singing? Vol. 3 and Mike’s CD, Faith.

Listener Memories of Mike

Hi it’s Millie from Huddersfield, one of my favourite memories of Mike is when the Walsignham pilgrimage in 2010 and I was sat on the ground with a sign and Mike came and sat next to me.  We talked for at least 20 minutes about music and I could have sat and listened to him all day because he was so amazingly interesting and that memory will stay with me forever.

My name is Pauline Payne and I run our folk group at St Mary’s Catholic Church in South Wigston, in Leicester we’ve been very inspired by Mike’s music, ministry and all the workshops we’ve been to with himself and Jo.  We’d just like to say we always found him to be a very happy, pleasant, sincere and holy man who was proud of his faith and family and a very sincere way of passing on his faith to us all.  An inspirational person whose work will go on for a long time.

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Did you share some of the early music ministry adventures with Mike and Jo? Do you have some of the early recordings? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

  • Jacintha

    We were delighted to have cjm giving a concert in our church – St Anne’s in Chertsey in about 2010. We bought the CDs in the Age to Age box set and Mike and Jo both kindly signed the cover. We still play the tracks often at home and in the car on holiday etc. The podcast was wonderful – thank you so much.

  • joboyce

    I remember that concert well, Jacintha. It was in the Autumn of 2009 – a wonderful evening. Feels like a lifetime ago in some ways, though. Thank you for taking the time to share. God bless