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Andrew Leung is a seminarian for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio. He has served as Director of Music at St. Pius X Church (Atlanta) and taught Gregorian chant at the Cistercian Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Georgia). For two years, he will be studying in Macau, China.
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"Upon the road, René was always occupied with God. His words and the discourses he held were all expressive of submission to the commands of Divine Providence, and showed a willing acceptance of the death which God was sending him. He gave himself to God as a sacrifice, to be reduced to ashes by the fires of the Iroquois, which that good Father's hand would kindle. He sought the means to bless Him in all things and everywhere. Covered with wounds as he himself was, Goupil dressed the wounds of other persons, of the enemies who had received some blows in the fight as well as those of the prisoners. He opened the vein for a sick Iroquois. And he did it all with as much charity as if he had done it to persons who were his best friends."
— St. Isaac Jogues (writing in 1643)

My Recent Discovery
published 9 June 2016 by Andrew Leung

CTL Philip Stopford INCE JEFF AND DR. TAPPAN both shared about musical repertoire for choirs, I thought it would be nice to share my recent discovery at this time. About a month ago, I discovered a choral setting of Ave Verum Corpus by Philip Stopford on Facebook. This discovery led me to explore other choral works by the British composer and I am very impressed by his compositions!

Philip Stopford is an English sacred music choral composer and choir director. He is known for his contemporary a capella and accompanied settings of traditional Latin and English prayers and hymns. Personally, I enjoy his a capella pieces more than the accompanied ones. I think Stopford is very gifted in writing melodies and he arranges the voicing very effectively.

Mr. Stopford began his musical career as a chorister at Westminster Abbey. He went on to Oxford University to study music at Kelbe College. He has held positions at Truro Cathedral, Chester Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral and St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. Currently, Stopford is the music director of Christ Church Bronxville, NY. His works appeared in the Classical FM Hall of Fame in 2013 and 2014.

Here are three pieces by Stopford:

1. Ave Verum sung by Melisma

2. Do Not Be Afraid sung by Melisma

3. Te Deum sung by the Choir of St Polycarp’s Parish Church in Belfast

I hope you enjoyed his pieces. You can find videos of his works on his Youtube channel.