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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward an STL in sacred liturgy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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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)

Two Transatlantic Choir Tours
published 17 September 2017 by Fr. David Friel

WO CHOIRS of note are coming on tour through the United States in the coming month. First is the Cappella Musicale Pontificia Sistina, and second will be the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School.

Commonly known as the “Pope’s choir,” the 30 boys and 22 men of the Sistine Chapel ensemble will sing in three American cities. Dating back to the 7th century, the Sistine Chapel choir holds the distinction of being the oldest choir in the world. This will be their first tour in the United States in more than 30 years.

Msgr. Massimo Palombella has served as Master Director of the Sistine Chapel Choir since 2010. Their tour performances will include the following:

New York City • September 16, 2017 • St. Patrick’s Cathedral • 7 PM Concert
Washington, DC • September 20, 2017 • Catholic University of America • 6 PM Concert
Detroit, MI • September 23, 2017 • Detroit Opera House • 7:30 PM Concert

More information about their tour is available here.

The boys choir from Brompton Oratory in London consists of singers aged 8 to 18 who sing weekly Mass, in addition to school Masses and services, as well as a robust program of concerts and touring. They performed magnificently at a concert during Sacra Liturgia UK in 2016.

Under the direction of Charles Cole, the London Oratory Schola has five scheduled engagements during their USA Tour 2017, including three Masses and two concerts.

Cambridge, MA • October 22, 2017 • St. Paul’s, Harvard Square • 11 AM Sung Mass
Cambridge, MA • October 22, 2017 • St. Paul’s, Harvard Square • 3 PM Concert
New York City • October 26, 2017 • Church of St. Vincent Ferrer • 7:30 PM Concert
Washington, DC • October 28, 2017 • St. Thomas Apostle Church • 7 PM Concert
Washington, DC • October 29, 2017 • Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception • 4:30 PM Sung Mass

More information about the London Oratory Schola and their special United States tour is available here.

I look forward to hearing both of these distinguished choirs sing when they pass through the nation’s capital!