An Evening with John Bell – Annual Lecture 2024

The limitless resources of local church music

The tendency to suspect scarcity rather than surfeit runs deep in church music. Where there is no permanent musician, few music readers or an 'ageing' congregation, pessimism regarding the future often runs deeper than hope.

In this lecture, John Bell will challenge such negativity, drawing on the experience of the Iona Community of which he is a member, and local churches throughout the world who have moved from scarcity to surfeit.

Please note: under-18s must be accompanied

You can book to attend in person or to watch the recording which will be available from Wednesday 25th September.

John Bell is a minister of the Church of Scotland and a Fellow of the RSCM. Most of his working life, he and colleagues in the Iona Community have develop innovative strategies in music and worship for a wide range of churches. He has co-authored over fifteen volumes of hymns and songs, several collections of choral music, and numerous liturgical publications.


Start Date: 18-Sep-2024
Start Time: 19:00
Finish Time: 21:00
Format: In-person
Location: England – West and South West
Venue: St Thomas's Church, Salisbury
Postcode: SP1 1BA
Entry Fee: £15 in advance, £18 on the door, or £10 for online
Age Restriction: No unaccompanied under-18s
Contact Name: Fiona Wright
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