Most Precious Blood appoints new Choral Director

(from MPB’s facebook page)

This month (January 2016) marks the third anniversary of the Church and Parish of the Most Precious Blood being placed in the care of the Ordinariate of OLW. In order to develop further the music, liturgy and work with young people and students a Choral Director has been appointed. Miles Ashdown is a music student at King’s College, London who already has extensive singing and conducting experience both with adults and young people.

MPB Director of MusicMiles has a three-fold brief at MPB. To develop singing within the growing congregation, to recruit and train a junior choir and to direct the music for the midweek Choral Evensong and Ordinariate Use Mass during term-time. The emphasis is on developing a choral foundation which will become self-sustaining, developing talent within the Parish and providing opportunities for young people in this part of London.

Experienced (and less experienced) singers are always welcome to join the Sunday morning choir and for special events – please email music@preciousblood.org.uk if you are interested.

The midweek schedule, starting on Thursday 14th January 2016, will be 6pm Choral Evensong, 6.30pm Sung Mass in the Ordinariate Use followed by a light supper and a talk. All are welcome!

Choral services (on Thursdays until Ash Wednesday and Wednesdays from then onward) in the Lent Term will initially focus on the music of English composers working at the time of the Reformation. These composers witnessed the turmoil of the separation from Rome first hand and it is a joy to be able to sing their music in the context of an ecclesial structure (the Ordinariate of OLW) and liturgy (Divine Worship: The Missal) which finally and definitively heals this rupture. The initial emphasis on Tudor Church music will not preclude the inclusion in the future of the music of Stanford, Stainer and Sumsion and the revived Anglican choral tradition which flowed from our forebears in the Oxford Movement.

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