Music for a time of national mourning

by Roger Peach
The Church of England has produced a helpful list of musical and liturgical suggestions for our services during this time of national mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. See here for details. An abbreviated musical list is below, with links to the Jubilate website where texts and/or music...
Posted at 14:29pm on 9th September 2022

Big Sing 2022 Christmas Collection - New Light has Dawned

by Roger Peach
This year’s Jubilate Big Sing took place on June 18th at the beautiful church of St Augustine in South Kensington, with many thanks to Joanna Gill for superb hosting. We had a wonderful day recording new Christmas songs for our latest collection New Light has Dawned.

Singers from around the...
Posted at 16:14pm on 29th July 2022

Big Sing mp3 recordings

by Roger Peach
Jubilate Big Sing 1-5 – all recordings

Complete alphabetical list below; all available separately to download as mp3s, and nearly all with lyric videos. All Big Sing CDs, including mp3 albums, available here

A bowl of water and a towel (Kingsfold)
All hail, majestic Trinity!
Alleluia! (Easter Fanfare)
Almighty God, God...
Posted at 14:41pm on 29th April 2020

Songs For Times of Tragedy And Fear (That You Probably Haven't Heard Of)

by Joel Payne
[Reposted from Resound Worship]

In these times of fear and uncertainty, where we prepare ourselves to encounter tragedy, the usual repertoire of songs can seem trite. The emotions and faith we have expressed time and again can feel empty. Not because those songs or emotions are not valid but because we...
Posted at 13:48pm on 19th March 2020

Choosing Music for Worship

by Roger Peach
Are you involved at all in the choosing of music in your church? How do you go about it? Unless you have some overarching principles in place there is a danger that it can become a subjective list of personal favourites - there's a better way!

The following article is an...
Posted at 16:27pm on 3rd July 2019

Jubilate Big Sing 5 Recording

by Roger Peach
Many singers gathered from around the country on February 16th 2019 at St Paul's Robert Adam Street, London, to record the latest Big Sing album God of overarching splendour . Under the expert and inspirational guidance of conductor Noel Tredinnick, 17 Jubilate pieces were recorded for the album. We were...
Posted at 15:12pm on 15th March 2019

Writing a descant

by John Barnard
1 Before you start, consider whether the final verse of the text to which you intend the descant to be sung is suitable for such treatment.

2 The tune needs to be well-known to the congregation, otherwise any descant will put them off their stroke. A descant should enhance the sense...
Posted at 06:17am on 14th July 2017

Jubilate Celebration - 50 years since Youth Praise

by Roger Peach
What a great day we had! Writers, composers and supporters of Jubilate and RESOUNDworship all joined for a day-conference at All Souls Langham Place on Saturday 15th October in celebration of half a century of new songs and hymns that began with the ground-breaking Youth Praise in 1966. The morning...
Posted at 08:59am on 19th October 2016

Ella, Elvis, Paul & John: The Collaboration Effect

by Joel Payne
A common criticism of the X factor, phenomenon of Saturday night viewing, is that it is a 'karaoke contest.' 'Yeah, they can sing,' says a critical voice, 'but they don't write their own stuff. They're not proper musicians.' Pop acts who sing material constructed by the supposed dark forces of...
Posted at 09:18am on 2nd September 2016

Tinkering with hymn texts... blessing or curse?

by Michael Saward
Many people struggle when a hymn text they have known for years is altered in any way. However Jubilate has always advocated that this practice can be enriching for our worship and is essential in our mission to the unchurched. Michael Saward in the preface to Hymns for Today's Church,...
Posted at 13:13pm on 29th June 2016
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