“The packed church heard the Newman Consort (an Ordinariate choir from Oxford) enhance the celebration with music from the great English tradition – Taverner, Byrd, Tallis and Pearsall.” See here.
On Saturday 30 June we were honoured to sing for the Ordinariate ordinations at the Birmingham Oratory. We put together a programme of English polyphony, including Anglican chant for the gradual, Taverner’s Kyrie Le Roy, Tallis’s Mass for Four Voices, Byrd’s ‘Sacerdotes Domini’ at the offertory, Purcell’s ‘I was glad’ at communion, and Pearsall’s ‘Salve regina’ to conclude. It was a deeply moving service, not least because of the close connection between the Consort and three of the new priests: Fr Thomas Mason, Fr Jonathan Creer, and Father Michael Ward.
Then, on Sunday 1 July, we were delighted to provide music for Fr Thomas Mason’s first Mass. Back on ‘home turf’ at Holy Rood in Oxford, we sang an exciting programme of music – selected by the new priest – which included Taverner’s Small Devotion Mass, Messiaen’s ‘O sacrum convivium’, Howells’ ‘Salve regina’, and we concluded with the Te Deum sung alternatim with the organ (with the Oxford Ordinariate Group Pastor, Fr Daniel Lloyd, at the console).
More photographs are available to view here.
We look forward to singing music by Palestrina and Stanford at Father Michael Ward’s first Mass at Holy Rood on 7 July.