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Veronica Brandt holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. As editor, she has produced fine publications (as well as valuable reprints) dealing with Gregorian chant, hymnody, Latin, and other subjects. These publications are distinguished on account of their tastefulness. She lives in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her husband Peter and five children.
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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)

The Christmas Album for 2014
published 6 December 2014 by Veronica Brandt

Here is a sample of an awesome new album by a group of young people from Eastern Australia. This track is Gaudete – many groups have had fun with this Christmas Carol. This is no exception, with variations in each verse – the last one is fantastic!

From their website (link below):

‘Prima Luce’ is a group of Catholic musicians who wish to promote the beauty and riches of Gregorian Chant, polyphony, hymnody and carols.

These forms of music are deeply rooted in the Christian tradition and are to be sung in a spirit of prayer, rather than simply being performed. The musical selections that ‘Prima Luce’ wishes to restore and revive are timeless, deeply spiritual, uplifting and memorable.

Within this great tradition of music we also wish to contribute through contemporary compositions and encouraging young musicians to learn from the past and add to the musical riches of the future.

It is hard to describe this bunch without using the word “notorious”, which probably isn’t quite the right word. Their faces are familiar from many Catholic events, especially pilgrimages of all magnitudes. Maybe this snippet from reddit can give something of the flavour of the fame of these fellows. The ladies aren’t in this clip, but they are also lovely people and sing beautifully.

More about the group at primalucemusic.com.