Friday 9th May 2014
On Thursday, 8 May, the central church of the Ordinariate, Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, was delighted to welcome the renowned Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School for a concert which had been devised specially for the Ordinariate by the school's music director, Scott Price, who also directs the Schola. Te Lucis Ante Terminum was a selection of music from the Roman Catholic and Anglican traditions, interspersed with short organ pieces played by the school's organist, Iestyn Evans.
The Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate, Mgr Newton, gave a short welcome address to the choir, which was performing at Warwick Street for the second time since the church was dedicated to the life of the Ordinariate in 2013. Mgr Newton explained how the Ordinariate was set up to allow former Anglicans to enter the full communion of the Catholic Church, whilst bringing with them some of the Anglican patrimony which had nourished their faith as Anglicans. "An important part of this patrimony is the English musical heritage that we bring", he said. "So it is a particular delight for us this evening to have this wonderful choir sing some pieces from the Anglican choral tradition".
Cardinal Vaughan School, in the diocese of Westminster, is one of the best known Catholic state schools in the country. Its Schola Cantorum performs regularly at all London's major concert halls and makes frequent tours abroad. This year is the school's centenary year. and, as part of the celebrations to mark it, the schola is hoping to travel to the United States for ten days of concert and liturgical singing. The retiring collection from the Warwick Street concert will go towards the cost of that tour.