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Music in Worship Day: Sing it Again: Taizé and Short Songs in Worship
- Course Dates: Sat 10 July 2021, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
An opportunity to explore, through teaching and practise, how short songs can enrich all kinds of worship.
‘The high point of this prayer [at Taizé] is the singing which never ends and which continues afterwards in the silence of the hearts when we are alone again.’ Brother Roger of Taizé
The use of repeated short songs is a feature of worship in various traditions; what is its value? In answering this question the course will focus upon the music of the Taizé Community, supported by examples from other sources such as the Iona Community and the world church. Through teaching and practical illustration attention will be given to the variety of ways a short song repertoire can enrich congregational singing, liturgical experience and an individual’s prayer life. Furthermore, the capacity of the short song to serve a wide range of worshipping contexts will be addressed. The relationship between music and silence and the use of music to accompany symbolic action will also be explored. Ideal for anyone wishing to discover how small adjustments in the musical repertoire can release new energies in prayer.