Wednesday, 23 July 2014

August holidays and review of the year 2013-4

This was 2012-3.

We sang 60 EF Masses (Several big Feasts fell on a Sunday this year - Immaculate Conception, Candlemas & SS P&P, for example, which explains the lower total.)
2 OF
The Carol Service

We learnt:
Stabat Mater Sequence
Te laudamus
Anima Christi
Inviolata ave Maria
Lots more of the Propers for Candlemas
Audi benigne conditor
The office hymn for the Sacred Heart

In the Autumn, lots of Marian Feasts fell on a Sunday, so lots of Mass IX.
In the Summer, we sang lots of Mass IV.

We were paid a visit by some seminarians from L'Instituit de Bon Pasteur, who sang beautifully and came to our practice. We we also visited by our friends from Spanish Place on All Saints and paid them a return visit on Christ the King (OF).

We spent quite a lot of rehearsal time revising music from previous years and singing it better.

Thank you to everyone who sang.

The last Sunday we sing is 27th July, followed by our traditional August break.

There are sung Masses on Sat 2nd August and Friday 15th August.

We then bid Fr Finigan farewell with Mass on Wednesday 27th August at 7.30pm.

Sunday 31st August, Father's final Sunday in Blackfen, will also be a Missa Cantata.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Gregorian Chant Hymns - initial responses

Gregorian Chant Hymns

Counter Cultural Father A brave soul, not averse to straying into the dangerous territory of the quilisma.

A detailed review from The Chant Café by Dr Jennifer Donelson.

CMAA Musica sacra forum

Schola Sanctae Scholasticae, incidentally, consists of the four of us who all run choirs in parishes and then sing together sometimes.

We spent two days in the summer of 2012 at St Cecilia's Abbey recording with various of the sisters under their choir mistress, with whom we have been studying for several years, and then did some more recordings in London that autumn.

Since then, one of us (not me) has knitted it all together into a website and done all the hard work, making sure everything that needs to be attributed is.

The idea is that all that basic basic stuff that you want everyone to know and have access to in every ordinary parish everywhere is here in a form that is accessible. All free.







It fills a gap and compliments my favourite chant resources.

Corpus Christi Watershed I like the fact that they print the Gloria Patri complete for every Introit.

Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest<\a> - lovely edition of the Requiem Mass, for example.

GABC A wonderful tool if you want Propers, maybe even with some psalm tones. The advantage over the Rossini Propers is that it uses four line notation and you can choose the tone.

Office Hymns in nice editions
Society of St Bede.

Ordinaries and most other things
The Parish Book of Chant CMAA

The CMAA also have the Liber Usualis 1961, The Gregorian Missal Solesmes 1990 and an enormous amount of other stuff available as free PDF downloads.

There is a huge amount out there.

Our new website is ideal for people wanting to make their first steps in chant.

Gregorian Chant Hymns

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Gregorian Chant Hymns

Gregorian Chant Hymns has just gone live.

It is a resource for those pieces of Gregorian Chant that form the back bone of Catholic devotional life.

The site provides, text, notation, translations, recordings and the means by which one may produce booklets for use at home or in church.

It is entirely free.

If you are seeking to introduce chant back into your parish, it could be a very useful resource for you.

Congratulations and thank you to Dr Candy Bartoldus for several years of work producing it.