Small Parishes & the Anglican Musical Patrimony

The general impression of the Anglican musical patrimony naturally focuses on the great choral foundations (Westminster Abbey, King’s College, etc.) and the magnificent works written for them. Some parish churches have also played a role in this more musically resplendent aspect of the patrimony.  Indeed, as Bernarr Rainbow’s study of the Anglican choral renaissance of…

Reminiscences about C. V. Stanford

[From Sydney Nicholson and His Musings of a Musician , ed. Henderson and Jarvis (Wakefield: Charlesworth Press, 2013), 117.] “Quite often [C. V. Stanford] would attend service [at Westminster Abbey], coming to the organ loft. The music to be sung was regularly published in The Times: one Sunday morning the telephone rang and I heard the…

Unofficial Discussion on a Hymnal for the Ordinariates

[Thanks to Helen Harrison, of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, for the following thoughts on a hymnal for the Ordinariates. This discussion is in no way official. Indeed, for all I know, an official project to create a hymnal for the Ordinariates is already underway.  But when last I (Br. John-Bede…

Music List for St. Osmund’s – 6th August to 26th November 2017

St Osmund’s Catholic Church, Gainford, Served by The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham  MUSIC LIST 6th August to 26th November 2017 Choir Rehearsals: Sundays at 10.15 am. More information on 01325 730191 Sunday 6th August              THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD – Solemn Mass at 11.30 am Hymns:                                  234, 338, 386 (tune 385) & 178…

Performance Standards at Westminster Abbey in 1919 – Part 2

[Sequel to the earlier post that describes how Sir Sydney Nicholson found the performing forces when he took up the post of Organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey in 1919.] “[A] scheme was worked out by which the number of Lay Vicars should be reduced to 6 full-time men with the duty…

Performance Standards at Westminster Abbey in 1919

[It is helpful to be reminded of how precarious things have been, at various moments in history, for the Anglican choral heritage. High compositional and performance standards take commitment not only by musicians but also by clergy and the faithful. Here are a couple of paragraphs from the reminiscences of Sir Sydney Nicholson about the performance forces…

A Tudor Mass sung in Hampshire

[An article in The Portal by Eliza Trebelcock. The Ludford setting referred to is described here and in other places only as a Lady Mass written for boys’ voices.  I was unable to find Mass settings by Ludford for boys’ voices only.  Click here, however, for a performance of Ludford’s Missa Videte Miraculum for 6 Voices.  You can see a…

St. Thomas More Church, Toronto, Seeks Singers.

St. Thomas More Church of the OCSP is now recruiting singers. If you read music, like to sing sacred music, and can attend one practice weekly in addition to Sung Mass at 12:30 noon on Sundays, call for an audition 647-200-8981. Several paid positions are available.

Update on A Gradual for Divine Worship: The Missal

An update on the news reported here last December concerning a gradual for the Divine Worship missal (DWM). The gradual is in the proofreading stage. It follows the DWM outline of minor propers for the Sundays after Trinity.  But it will include an index that cross-references the Graduale Romanum’s chants according to the Ordinary Time…

First Modern Performance of a Tallis Work

According to this piece on the BBC, a work by Thomas Tallis (an early version of his Gaude Gloriosa) was given its first modern performance on 14 April 2017 (Good Friday, as it happens), at St. John’s Smith Square, London.  The manuscript had been stuffed into a wall against the cold at Corpus Christi College,…

Music for the Masses

[An article on congregational settings of the ordinary of the Mass (some for the Ordinary Form of the Latin Rite, some for the Divine Worship Form) in the April 2017 edition of The Portal, which can be found here. The author, Mr. Christopher Smith, is organist and director of music at the Ordinariate Parish of…

Nico Muhly on the Anglican Choral Heritage

[Nico Muhly is one of today’s most successful composers, and he owes a good deal of that success to the inspiration he draws from the Anglican choral tradition. He is perhaps best known for his secular music and is the youngest composer to have been commissioned to write operas for the Metropolitan Opera (his second…