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Wonderful Celebration for St. Cecilia’s Day

 

26 November 2018

On 22 November the Schola Cantorum from The Oratory School and the Oratory Prep School Choristers combined forces for our annual service in honour of the patron saint of music and musicians.

It was something close to Blessed John Henry Newman’s heart. This year it took the form of Solemn Vespers and Benediction with the psalms, Magnificat and motet sung to the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart under the direction of Mr Stephen Burrows.

This was a wonderful event. Oratory pupils from both schools provided the choral music with Oliver Rae and Sebastian Smith taking the alto and bass solo parts. Boys also played in the orchestra. As with Ollie and Seb, they fitted in seamlessly with professional friends and visitors. It will live long in the memory.

As Mozart intended in 1780, this was not a concert performance but a liturgical celebration with the Latin antiphons  and prayers which are specific to St Cecilia’s Day. Our parish priest and three Oratorians from Oxford kindly joined us to assist in the sanctuary.

Fr. Kenneth Macnab, our School Chaplain, comments: “It was a holy and happy evening which ended as we left the chapel to Marcel Dupre’s thunderous organ piece Ave Maria stella played by Mr Nicholas Jones”.

 

 

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