ONSIGNOR ANDREW R. Wadsworth was appointed Executive Director of ICEL (International Commission on English in the Liturgy) in 2009. A priest of the Archdiocese of Westminster in the United Kingdom and an accomplished musician, his first degree was in music. After graduate studies in choral conducting and piano accompaniment at Trinity College London and the Royal Academy of Music, he trained as a répétiteur with English National Opera. In 1985, he was awarded the coveted Ricordi Prize for Choral Conducting. As a singer, he has performed extensively. He holds graduate degrees in Italian from the University of London and Theology from the Pontifical University of Maynooth. A former professor of Ecclesiastical Latin and New Testament Greek at the Westminster Diocesan Seminary, he has also taught Italian at college and university level.
Msgr. Wadsworth was recently quoted in an article:
* Catholic World Report Article [url].
Here is an excerpt:
Msgr. Wadsworth also recommends several other resources for introducing the propers in parishes, noting that “Corpus Christi Watershed has a wide variety of resources that could be immediately helpful in a parish context.”
The Vatican II Hymnal, published in 2011, “might be an excellent way to help congregations follow the wishes of the Council and ‘pray the Mass,’” says Jeffrey Ostrowski, president of Corpus Christi Watershed. “This book contains simple Mass settings approved by the USCCB, the complete readings…and 100 percent of the Mass proper texts. With the Vatican II Hymnal, no matter how the choir sings the propers (in English, in Latin, using psalm tones, etc.), the congregation can always follow the prayers as the Council desired.”
“More than 200 beautiful hymns for the congregation were also included, since it is not always possible for choirs to be present at every single Mass,” adds Ostrowski, who told CWR that “a huge portion of the music provided by Corpus Christi Watershed comes from contemporary composers.”
By the way, the photograph in that Catholic World Report Article [url] shows women wearing cassock and surplice. It is true this practice is not allowed, but we can hope that as time goes on, this will be corrected.
Corpus Christi Watershed also filmed a talk by Msgr. Wadsworth which you can view here