Connor Big Sing

The Dean and Chapter at Lisburn Cathedral would like to invite those interested in learning more about Contemporary Christian Music to a Sunday afternoon training and evening Praise Service at Lisburn Cathedral.

The Facilitators for the training will be the Cathedral’s Director of Music - Mr Stephen McLoughlin and the leader of the Lisburn Community Choir and Children’s Choir - Mrs Julie Harper.


Stephen McLoughlin would train musicians on how to approach new contemporary songs and on the coordination of music groups. Julie Harper would train the singers (sopranos and altos) and Mark Tilley (co-leader of the Lisburn Community Choir) would train the tenors and basses. Julie would also cover vocal training exercises, posture and communication. Each church group would then hopefully feel more equipped to go back with confidence to use much more varied musical material. 


Our hope is for this to be a very exciting, fun and effective way to enjoy and learn the brilliant new songs that are widely used in churches across the UK and Ireland. All those interested in contemporary Christian music from Praise Groups, Musicians, Choirs, Musical Directors and Clergy would be most welcome at the "Connor Big Sing”. 


During the training afternoon we would aim to teach contemporary songs, then some of those we learn will be included in the evening Praise Service. In addition to the training a pack of materials would be provided of band and vocal arrangements for the worship songs.


The Evening Praise Service at 6.30pm will be open to everyone. (It may be that some churches suggest to their parishioners attending “Connor Big Sing” instead of holding their usual evening service on that Sunday) 


The most recent installation services for the Dean and Canons in Lisburn Cathedral included a number of contemporary worship songs these songs received favourable comments from members of the congregations present - it is as a result of this feedback that the Chapter members felt that we could contribute to the worshipping life of the Diocese by providing this training day in contemporary Christian music followed by an Evening Praise Service. The collection received during the Evening Praise Service will assist with the cost of the day.

If you are interested in attending please contact Garvin (Parish administrator) for a copy of the booking form, which we would ask you to complete and return by 31st August 2017.   


Timetable of the day

2.45pm Coffee in the Cathedral.

3.00pm Introduction


         A. Instrumental - Stephen

         B. Choral - Mark (Tenors & Basses), Julie (Sopranos & Altos)

5.15pm Question Time

5.30pm Tea/Coffee and Traybakes (Please bring your own sandwiches)

6.30pm Connor Big Sing Praise Service


There is limited car parking space at Lisburn Cathedral, we recommend parking in the large car park on Linenhall St, Lisburn BT28 1LU, UK. It is a short walk when you cross the road to Market Lane (It is between the Health Centre and the Pharmacy), then proceed up the lane, to Market Square, at the top on the right a further 100 yards are the main gates to Lisburn Cathedral.

Please complete the booking form below and return to:

The Administrator

“Connor Big Sing”

Cathedral Office

24A Castle Street


BT27 4XP

or by email: