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…