Jeff’s recent post made me think that perhaps a recap of all the events so far at Westminster Cathedral would be helpful to readers.
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The resignation of Martin Baker was quite a shock to the Catholic world.
I am reminded of the care with which the Pieta was transported from the Vatican to New York City for the World’s Fair in 1964 and I hope and pray that the Westminster Cathedral Choir will be treated with as much veneration and respect.
Like the great Cathedral of Notre Dame, this daily musical offering belongs not only to the Church in London and the British Isles, but to the universal Church.
If Cardinal Nichols had simply sent a letter saying why he prefers “versus populum,” I believe that would have been a better choice.
Can Watershed survive? (Part 4)
“Evelyn was sad when he read of churches in which the old altar was taken down…”
“They were trapped and could do nothing but grin and bear it.”
As churches prepare to return from lockdown, what about music in the liturgy makes it essential? In the next essay in his series encouraging liturgical musicians to consider what their vocation entails, Wilfrid Jones shares his thoughts on the nature of active participation.
A homeschooling mother teaches a hymn and a chant to her children, in the hopes that they “stick” in their hearts forevermore. The hymn is “O Sacred Heart” and the chant is “Ave Verum Corpus”.
Covid-19 has forced many parishes to remove all hymnals from their pews: A perfect opportunity for change!
Including O SALUTARIS (“O Saving Victim Opening Wide”) and TANTUM ERGO (“Down in Adoration Falling”) in Latin and English.
This hymn by Caelius Sedulius (Christian Poet from the 5th century) has been translated into English by a Catholic priest.
Post-Liberal Theology compares a religion to a language. How might that comparison, which could include the concept of a “vocabulary” of liturgical music, inform how we think about repeating repertoire?
A comment on the importance of the role of director of music a Westminster Cathedral, following the resignation of Martin Baker, offered by Gregory Treloar.
Dr. Terry says: “The melody must be clearly defined, free from triviality and trite clichés, avoiding harmonies that are sugary or sensuous.”
Everyone is searching for a silver bullet. Perhaps it’s a certain education method, a special book or a technique. Standing somewhat in opposition to all of these various techniques and methods is the English choir school, where the director stands in front of the boys and says “that’s an A, now sing it!”
What is absolutely necessary for the existence of a choral foundation?
We commend his soul to the mercy of our Heavenly Father.
Support was key, but once Glenn had the necessary vision and support, the rest was a matter of putting one foot in front of the other.