Memorial of St John Capistrano (Festive Mass for the Conference of Cathedral Deans and Music Directors)

Entrance Thy hand, O God, has guided
Kyrie Kyrie Litany from Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Gloria Mass of the Creator Spirit (Nowak)
Psalm Centre of my Life (Paul Inwood)
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia Mode 2 (Plainchant)
Preparation of the Gifts (i) Iste confessor (chant)
(ii) O Quam Gloriosum (Victoria)
Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen Missa Ubi Caritas (Bob Hurd)
Agnus Dei Mass XVIII & Missa Aeterna Christi Munera (Palestrina)
Communion Come to me (Martin Barry & Diane Murden)
Postcommunion O praise our great and gracious Lord
Recessional Voluntary Fanfare for Organ (John Cook, 1918-1984)

From Thursday to Saturday the Cathedral was host to the annual Conference of Cathedral Deans in England and Wales, joined on Friday and Saturday by a meeting of the Conference of Catholic Directors of Music, the body bringing together the cathedral music directors in England and Wales. Mass on Friday evening was concelebrated by all the deans, with the cathedral choir in attendance, and a small but exceptionally talented singing assembly!

We kept to our normal musical fare, providing fellow cathedral musicians whose regular output in some cases might be more traditional and reserved in greater measure to the choir, a flavour of the actuosa participatio which we think of as our hallmark. Perhaps the Nowak Gloria and Bob Hurd’s Missa Ubi Caritas in particular were good advertisements for the song of the assembly, to say nothing of Paul Inwood’s well-known psalm setting.

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