Music

St John’s Beaumont hosted the first ever conference for Directors of Music of Jesuit Schools. Organised by the Jesuit Institute, the day explored the use of liturgical music in schools. In attendance were representatives from every Jesuit School in the UK, as well as the Jesuit Associate School in Cannock. The event, which took place on the 14th of January, was a rare opportunity for the directors of music to share ideas, resources and learn more about the liturgy. Fr Adrian Porter SJ, who...
The choir and orchesta of St Ignatius College, Enfield, and the choir and orchestra of Sint-Barbara College, Ghent (Belgium), present Music for Mass and Concert, at St Ignatius Church.The Mass will start at 7pm, with the concert following next - no admission charge. Download the event's poster
Soul Sanctuary gospel choir
On Easter Monday (April 2nd) Soul Sanctuary gospel choir will be performing their Easter oratorio ‘The Resurrection’.They are thrilled that Tracey Jane Campbell will be joining them and singing the part of Jesus. Christian music has a gap where the Resurrection is concerned: there are very few great musical celebrations of it, compared to those of the Incarnation and Passion.Thus their commission five years ago to their own ex-alto, Ellen Havard, just before she left for the National Theatre,...
An hour of  Evening Prayer and Bach Cantata at SFX on Sunday 14 May.  This is one of a series of similar events organised by Phillip Duffy, ex Master of Music at the Cathedral, and Friend of SFX Church.  Come along and enjoy a peaceful end to your weekend with some excellent music.Es ist euch gut, das ich hingeheIt is for your good that I depart (Cantata 108)A Cantata in preparation for the feast of The Ascension. Christ tells the disciples that he is soon to leave them; but...
The Immaculate Conception at Farm Street Church
Farm Street Church’s musical reputation spans almost a century; and its choir has now issued a CD to celebrate its 50 years as a parish of the Archdiocese of Westminster. Both God's and Mary's Son includes favourite musical works from the choir’s repertoire, along with special commissions composed for the choir by Gabriel Jackson, for which the choir gave the premiere performances.The Farm Street Church Choir originated as men and boy choristers recruited from the Jesuit...
T Frank Kennedy SJ
Dr Thomas Frank Kennedy SJ, Senior Research Fellow in music at Campion Hall at the University of Oxford, died on Friday, 19 August.Dr Kennedy co-founded the music department at Boston College in 1989 and served on the board of Loyola University in Maryland, USA, from 2005 to 2013. As a musicologist and entrepreneur of Jesuit music, he edited, produced and professionally recorded four baroque operas associated with the early Society of Jesus, among numerous other recorded works. He was a...
Close up of a guitar being played - image from unsplash.com
One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do is play guitar in church, in South America, in the dark.I always used to enjoy playing with the Cathedral choir. But what would often happen is that just as we were playing nicely along a little hymn then suddenly, with no warning, all the lights would go out and we would be plunged into the most absolute darkness. The Blackout came without warning, or prediction, apparently at the time of its own malevolent choosing. Perhaps it was just my...
Hands on a piano in the dark - used with permission from unsplash.com
Music is the most mysterious of all the arts because the symbols it uses are remote from our immediate experience. In literature we are using words that have a meaning fixed in advance.  In painting we are using forms from the external world with which we are fairly familiar.  But in music we are using tones that seem to have a life of their own, apart from the external world;  and the rhythms seem strangely independent of natural rhythms, though there are analogies here.And yet...
The 1751 manuscript at Stonyhurst College
As Christmas approaches, many choirs and congregations will be singing ‘O Come, all ye faithful’ or its original Latin version ‘Adeste Fideles’. The origins of the hymn have been attributed to various groups and individuals; but both the original Latin and the English translation have strong Jesuit links.Some musical historians credit St Bonaventure with writing the hymn in the 13th century; others say King John IV of Portugal was the author in the 17th century. Various monks including the...
In partnership with St Aloysius College, the parish of St Aloysius in Garnet Hill is about to take delivery of a new organ.  The organ, a “Cavillé-Coll”, built by Van den Heuvel of Amsterdam was built for the Duke’s Hall of the Royal Academy of Music in London. It has since been returned to Amsterdam where it has been completely refurbished.The current organ in the church was acquired in 1910 from a Presbyterian church that was scheduled for closure. It is believed that the parish paid the...

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