ILLIAM SEWELL was organist and choirmaster about 100 years ago at the Birmingham Oratory. In 1913, he collaborated with Benedictine FATHER SAMUEL GREGORY OULD to produce a hymnal. Ould—a chant enthusiast who converted to the “Mocquereau method”—served as chaplain to the Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre, located in Boreham (a village in Essex, England).
Peter Meggison had a copy of this extremely rare hymnal, and Watershed scanned it:
The most interesting pages are toward the end. You will find SATB settings of the Rosary, which would surely require hours to pray!
YOU WILL ALSO FIND a setting of Newman’s “Lead, Kindly Light” (one I’ve never seen before) which is interesting because the cardinal lived at that place. You will find a section with “Hymns for Low Mass”—typical at the time—including a setting of the CREED and OUR FATHER sung to one note. Most interesting to me, however, are the plainsong accompaniments, such as the Missa de Angelis setting:
Father Gregory Ould (1865-1939) also edited splendid & clever interludes based upon Gregorian themes:
According to Thomas Muir, Fr. Ould left several “massive volumes of manuscript plainchant accompaniments” at the New Hall archives in Essex.