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Church Music Dublin and announced that its Living Worship workshops will return for two sessions in January and February. Living Worship sessions explore aspects of parish church worship in an informal setting and this year will take place on Saturday 27 January and Saturday 24 February.

On Saturday 27 January ‘An Introduction to Morning Prayer 3’ will be led by the Very Revd Nigel Dunne, Dean of Cork, and Peter Stobart, Director of Music in St Fin Barre’s cathedral, Cork.The session will include settings of the psalms, opening prayers, seasonal material and canticles. On Saturday 24 February the subject will be ‘Planning for Holy Week and Easter’ led by the Revd Jack Kinkead, Rector of Wicklow. This session will provide an opportunity to consider music within the context of Holy Week and Easter liturgy.

Both sessions take place in the Mageough Hall, Cowper Road, Rathmines, beside Cowper Luas stop. They run from 10am to 12.45pm and include an enjoyable break for refreshments. All are welcome to attend and there is a fee of €10 per person which includes refreshments. Booking is not required, simply come along. For further information contact honsec@churchmusicdublin.org

Church Music Dublin is an agency of the United Dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough. They aim to support music in local churches by providing information and training and by fostering a sense of community among musicians. For more see their website www.churchmusicdublin.org

On 3 February at 2pm Peter Stobart will conduct a hymn playing workshop in St Fin Barre’s cathedral as part of the Cork, Cloyne & Ross Diocesan Music Scheme.

St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh, has announced the continuation of its organ recital programme. The first recital for 2018 will be given on Sunday 21 January at 4.15pm. The recitalist will be Orly Watson, Organist of the Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer, Dromore.

Dr Ed Jones has joined the Music Department of St Anne’s cathedral, Belfast, as Assistant Organist. Born in Aberdeen, he began playing the organ when he was at Aberdeen University graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours in 2011 and finishing a PhD in Musical Composition at Aberdeen in 2015. Subsequently he was Assistant Organist in St Andrew’s cathedral, Aberdeen, Organ Scholar in Blackburn Cathedral and, most recently, Organ Scholar in Exeter Cathedral. Dr Jones succeeds Organist Ian Barber and Assistant Master of the Choristers Thérèse Woodfield who left the Cathedral at the end of 2017. His role is an amalgamation of the two.

Today (Saturday) the Archbishop of Dublin begins a visit to Lebanon, Jordan & Jerusalem.

Tomorrow (Sunday) at 11.45am RTE radio will transmit a service of Holy Communion from the Church of the Holy Saviour, Narraghmore, Co. Kildare, conducted by the Very Rev Dr Philip Knowles, on LW 252 or Radio 1 extra.

Next Wednesday at 3pm the second in the series of the Fetherstonshaugh Seminars in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute will be given by Professor Neville Cox, Professor of Law in TCD. He will speak on ‘Religion, Law and the clash with Rights Talk’.

Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise will hold an interdenominational service, as Gaeilge, on Friday at 8pm in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin. A cohort of Christ Church Cathedral Choir and the choir from Gaelscoil na Cille will participate in the service and there will be a short address by Aonghus Dwane reflecting on the life of the late Bishop Donald Caird, who contributed so much to this service, now in its 47th year.