Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Plans for Next Year...

Having got home quite exhausted from work, as is my usual custom, armed with mug of tea in one hand & CD remote in the other, I put on a CD from my ever expanding collection in order to unwind a little bit.

I happened to pick a recording of Marian Vespers - a reconstruction of Vespers for the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, by the excellent Edinburgh University Renaissance Singers

This recording features music mainly by Victoria, and the more I listened to it, the more I thought "we could do this liturgically!" The psalms and hymn are the same as 'ordinary' Vespers of the BVM which can be sung more or less anytime unless it's a Major Feast Day, and all the music is available at cpdl, so there's every chance we might do this next year, perhaps in May or October which are traditionally months in honour of Our Lady.

Another major event I'd like to see happen is a performance of the newly translated Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom as recorded by a truly amazing choir, Cappella Romana. You're not likely to hear them often over here in Europe, so go over to their website and buy their CDs. Now! And say I recommended you to do so!

This is already at the discussion stage with our friends at the Greek Orthodox Church in Leeds, and we hope to sing this also next year.

Just a quick reminder of upcoming events for the remainder of this year.

25th October 3.30pm English Martyrs Church, York
Solemn Mass in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

16th November 3.00pm. St Mary's Abbey, York. [In the grounds of the Museum Gardens].
Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

18th December 7.00pm [TBC] St Mary's Church, Bishophill, York
Traditional Service of Readings and Carols.

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