Choirs are a Means of Evangelization

[The following is an excerpt from an article on how the revival of children’s choirs in a few Church of England parishes brings not only choristers into the church but their families as well.  In addition to choirs being a means of evangelization because they musically proclaim the Gospel, they are a means of evangelization…

Peter Mahon, a Voice of the Anglican Patrimony in Toronto

[An interview with Peter Mahon, some of whose family is part of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.  Peter’s father, Albert, was cantor under Healey Willan.  The photo is of Healey Willan, Albert, Peter, and two of Peter’s sisters.] Peter Mahon lives in Toronto with his wife, Katharine and toy poodle, Molly. Away…

Auditio Divina IV: Geraint Lewis’s “The Souls of the Righteous”

Auditio Divina and Listening With the Ear of the Heart. Part IV: Geraint Lewis’s “The Souls of the Righteous” November 2017 Br. John-Bede Pauley, O.S.B. Composer: Geraint Lewis (b. 1958) Stylistic period: Twentieth Century. Work: “The Souls of the Righteous.”  Subtitle: “(Iustorum Animae) In Memoriam William Matthias.”  Anthem for choir (SSAATTB) and organ. Text: Wisdom…

Music for 5 November 2017 Mass at St. Thomas More, Toronto

Music for 5 November 2017 Mass at St. Thomas More, Toronto Before Mass:  Verset 4, “Deposuit potentes,” Magnificat Sexti Toni − Jehan Titelouze (Organ Works, p. 133) Kyrie, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei: Communion Service in F Major – Harold Darke Motets:  Vir erat in terra Hus – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina; O King all glorious – Healey Willan              …

“Elizabeth I’s Battle for God’s Music” – 17 October on BBC Four

BBC Four will air a documentary  to be presented by Dr. Lucy Worsley on the history of Choral Evensong.  Date/Time: 17 October 2017, 9pm-10pm. “The presenter investigates the story of choral evensong, which was instigated by Henry VIII during the tumultuous and violent era of the English Reformation. Lucy recounts how Elizabeth I and her…

Music at St. Thomas More, Toronto – 8 October 2017

Music at St. Thomas More, Toronto, for 12:30 Sunday High Mass – Oct. 8 Missa SS. Philippi et Jacobi – Healey Willan  Motets:   Thou visitest the earth − Maurice Greene Ego sum panis vivus – Palestrina    

St. Osmund’s Music List – December 2017 to February 2018

The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham at St Osmund’s Catholic Church, Gainford. Choir Rehearsals: Sundays at 10.15 am in the Song Room of the Parish House.  More information on 01325 730191  MUSIC LIST – 3rd December 2017 to 11th February 2018  Sunday 3rd December                 FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – Solemn Mass at 11.30  am Introit:                                        Matin…

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…