On Sunday 25 September 2022 the DCMA held its first event since the pandemic. Led by Alison McLean of St Cuthbert’s, Durham and Paul Berry of St Mary’s, Hexham, the music workshop explored Communion songs from a recently published book by Nick Baty. Entitled ‘We come to your table’, the book is a collection of songs to accompany the Communion Procession. Each piece has a refrain for the assembly and verses for the cantor. All can be accompanied by keyboard or guitar, but optional instrument and choir parts are provided for the more adventurous community.

The workshop was attended by around 25 people who had a very productive afternoon singing through a selection of items from the book. All the songs are thoughtful and fitting yet very singable and not too difficult to play. An absolute boon for those parishes without a massive choir or a Grade 8 organist! The atmosphere was informal and relaxed, and many people commented on how lovely it was to be able to gather from across the Diocese to sing together again.

This book is a great resource, whether a parish has a traditional choir-and-organ setup, an instrumental group, a praise & worship band, or perhaps even unaccompanied singing.

The book is available to buy on Amazon: ‘We Come to Your Table: Songs for the Communion Procession (Song for the Assembly)‘ by Nick Baty.