by Michael Ford last modified 25 Jan, 2012 10:36 AM

The Certificate began life in 2003 as a study course for groups meeting in the Diocese of Salisbury, and is now available online. The course content simultaneously crosses denominational boundaries and focuses on Anglican worship and the Church of England Lectionary. It is available to anyone who wants an approachable distance learning course dealing with how music and musicians ‘synthesise’ with liturgy.

The Certificate provides an informal pathway of study for anyone interested in how we use music in our worship. You may be someone who directs or simply takes part in the use of music in your church. Musicians, clergy, worship planners, lay leaders or members of congregations may all benefit from the course.

It is hoped that study at home will provide an attractive incentive at a manageable training level. For those with little time to spare and who may not want to take on the commitment or expense that a higher level of study involves, this course provides a wide range of study opportunities that can be explored with others of similar background and interests. Once a term, there will be the opportunity for participants living in easy reach of the Diocese of Salisbury to meet together. Dates, venues and speakers will be sent to you.

The modules use material written by:

Robert Fielding – Course Director. Robert is one of the Salisbury Diocesan Church Music Advisers and Director of Music at Romsey Abbey. As a composer, teacher, organist and choral director, Robert has many years of experience in a wide range of parish music styles and in providing musical resources for worship.

Gilly Harwood - Leadership Consultant, School Improvement Partner and former Head teacher at Downton Primary School.

Timothy Hone - A former organ scholar of Peterhouse, Cambridge, he has held appointments as Sub-Organist at Leeds Parish Church and a similar position at Coventry Cathedral. He became Organist and Master of the Music at Newcastle Cathedral in 1987. He is now Head of Liturgy and Music at Salisbury Cathedral.

The Venerable Alan Jeans - Archdeacon of Sarum, and Diocesan Director of Ordinands (Salisbury).

Joe King - Church Musician and experienced music group leader at St. Mark’s Church, Salisbury.

David Ogden - professional conductor and composer. He conducts Exultate Singers, City of Bristol Choir, the Royal School of Church Music’s Millennium Youth Choir, South Bristol Voices and in his post of Head of the Bristol Choral Centre, he conducts the Bristol Schools Chamber Choirs.

Geoffrey Weaver - an internationally known church musician, having worked for the Church Mission Society in Hong Kong and in Selly Oak, Birmingham, from where he undertook teaching assignments in the Philippines and Nigeria, and published two volumes of World Praise. He was Director of Music at Bradford Cathedral, and from 1994-2002 was Director of Studies and of Outreach at the RSCM. In 1998 he directed the music at the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, in 1999 was in charge of the music for the CMS bicentenary, and in 2000 directed a choir of 200 schoolchildren at the National Millennium Service at St Paul's Cathedral. He has a passion for teaching, and has taught in theological colleges and ministerial training schemes, as well as diocesan training programmes. Overseas teaching and conducting assignments have recently taken him to Canada, USA, Australia, Cyprus and Switzerland.

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