John Bell – Everybody Sing! Life and Its Seasons in Song

October 26, 2019 | 2:00 pm 5:30 pm
St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

Led by John Bell

Wild Goose Resource Group. International speaker, broadcaster and composer of music for worship.


An afternoon of singing, exploring the life of Jesus and our own seasons of life.  Experience John’s unique gift of enabling anyone to make music, even those with no previous experience of singing with others.


Two aspects of the musical life of the church to which scant attention has been paid are songs which deal with the life (as distinct from the birth and death) of Jesus, and songs which celebrate the seasons of life which we all go through. The workshop will introduce participants to material from the Iona Community and the global church which help correct the imbalance and are instantly singable.


2.00 – 4.00 pm – Workshop

4.30 pm – Service


This event is organised jointly with Cantus Firmus Trust.


There is a requested donation of £12 per person for the workshop. There is no cost to attend the service.



Advance booking is essential for the workshop. Booking is handled by Cantus Firmus Trust.

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John Bell
John Bell

John L Bell is a preacher, hymnwriter, composer, lecturer and broadcaster. He is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and a member of the Iona Community. During his studies in Theology, he became the first (and last) student Rector of the University of Glasgow. After a period in the Netherlands and two posts in church youth work, he became employed in the areas of music and worship, founding during that time, with Graham Maule, the Wild Goose Worship Group and the Wild Goose Resource Group.


He is a past convenor of the Church of Scotland’s Panel on Worship and the committee that produced the ground-breaking Church Hymnary 4. In 1999, he was honoured by the Presbyterian Church of Canada and the Royal School of Church Music which bestowed on him a Fellowship. He was awarded in 2002 an honorary doctorate by the University of Glasgow, and in 2013 the Community of Christ International Peace Award. John has produced many collections of liturgy, scripts, sermons and reflections, original hymns and songs (some in collaboration with Graham) and three collections of songs of the World Church, and is primarily concerned with the renewal of congregational worship at grass roots level.

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