Mulier Fortis has an interesting item from her native Archdiocese of Southwark, where His Hermeneuticalness is not yet the Archbishop… alas…. but I digress.
At the Cathedral of St. George a Gregorian chant schola is producing educational CDs for the singing of chant.
Chants of the Ordinary (Cantus Angeli) Volume 1 is the first of three educational CDs of Gregorian Chant designed for use in parishes. The Chant is performed by a small group of singers from the Choir of St George’s Cathedral, London, under the direction of Nick Gale. Nick is a UK-based teacher of Gregorian Chant and the Director of Music at St George’s Cathedral. Volume One features complete performances of seven Gregorian Masses, the Ambrosian Gloria, the Asperges and Vidi Aquam, three Credos and a selection of alleluias with verses.The chanting is clear, as befits its educational purpose, and has a haunting quality, which its rival, Plainsong for Parishes, lacks. I am keen to find out when Volumes 2 (Advent – Candlemas) and 3 (Lent – Trinity) are due to be published.My one gripe is that the Kyrie is the double form (for the Novus Ordo), not the triple, which might catch a few people out… however, it’s not impossible to work out what to chant for the Extraordinary Form, and I suppose that it would have been harder to do the other way around…