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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

Recording • Choral Mattins with John Rutter
published 20 July 2017 by Andrew Leung

CTL Choral Mattins with John Rutter WO SUNDAYS AGO, I had the privilege to sing for a Choral Mattins with the Choir of St. John’s Cathedral under the direction of world-renowned composer, John Rutter. I have already shared my experience and thoughts as well as some pictures of the service in my post last week. Now, I would like to share a live recording that was just uploaded to the cathedral’s website a few days ago. Here are some musical highlights and the recording:

Preces by Lau Yik Long (7:30)
Venite by Aldrich (9:10)
Psalm 55. 1-4, 17-21 by Riding & Stewart (11:15)
Te Deum by John Rutter (17:37)
Jubilate Deo by John Rutter (28:45)
Responses by Lau Yik Long (33:05)
Like As The Hart by Herbert Howells (40:15)

Conductors: John Rutter, Felix Yeung
Organists: Jonathan Yip, Peter Yue
Officiant: The Very Reverend Matthias Tze, Dean of St. John’s Cathedral

As Jeff Ostrowski has said many times in the past: “the microphones never do justice to the choral sound”; one cannot fully experience the full effect and power of the singing without being at the service.

Even though the Anglican Church is not in communion with the Roman Catholic Church, I think we can learn a lot from them. For example, our Anglican brothers and sisters are doing a pretty good job in preserving and developing the church music of their tradition. They are also very successful in the upkeep of high choral standards in churches and schools. Many of the best choirs in the world are from the Anglican Communion. Let us learn from each other, and pray for the unity of Christ’s body.