September Conference 2012

JHNILM Conference September 21st /22nd 2012 at the Oratory, Birmingham

Date: 21st September 2012

In September, the Blessed John Henry Newman Institute of Liturgical Music celebrates its first birthday, and the second anniversary of the visit to the Oratory by Pope Benedict on the occasion of the beatification of Blessed Cardinal Newman, founder of the Oratory and Patron of the Institute.

To mark the occasion the JHNILM is holding a two day conference at the Oratory, on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September.

Speakers include Mgr Andrew Wadsworth, currently the Executive Director of ICEL, who has had varied experience as a professional musician, schoolteacher and chaplain, and who will explore the way “Towards a new Culture of Liturgical Music”.

Mgr. Andrew Burnham, is also a distinguished musician, author and former Anglican Bishop of Ebbsfleet, will speak about the musical life and aims of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, of which he is a member.

The outstanding organist and choral conductor Joseph Cullen, former Organ Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge, who has held posts in Leeds, Glasgow and Westminster Cathedrals and has directed the London Symphony Chorus and Huddersfield Choral Society for many years, is addressing the Conference on the subject of “Stripping the Cladding”, in which he examines the search for an authentic voice in today’s Roman Rite.

Ben Whitworth, assistant editor of the liturgical journal “Usus Antiquior” will talk on the “Use and abuse of Hymns”, exploring their true historical place in the Liturgy and ways in which they have sometimes come to be misused.

Jeremy de Satgé, founder of “The Music Makers”, singer, composer and choir conductor, will speak on “How to get Catholics to sing, or why we should sing the Mass”.

Jeremy White, the internationally renowned operatic soloist and a Cantor of the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge, founded by the acclaimed plainchant Scholar, Dr. Mary Berry, will speak about his own experience as a church musician.

There will also be classes in practical liturgical musicianship presented by the speakers. Joseph Cullen and Jeremy de Satgé will take classes of children and introduce them to liturgical music and the art of singing it. Joseph Cullen will give direction to those who wish to learn more about the art of liturgical organ playing, particularly the accompaniment of plainchant.

First Vespers of the 25th Sunday of the Year will be sung in Latin and English Chant and directed by Philip Duffy KSG, who was for thirty years Director of Music at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, and who now lectures in music at Liverpool Hope University.

The Conference ends with a performance of Catholic liturgical Music in the Oratory Church by the Sixteen under the direction of Harry Christophers CBE.

Booking for the Conference

Attendance at the Conference and concert costs £75 and can be booked by telephone on 0121 454 0808, by writing to JHNILM, c/o The Oratory, 141 Hagley Road, Birmingham B16 8UE, by email at

Programme of events: Friday, September 21st

1.30 p.m. Registration in the Lower Cloister Hall for Chant Class (Fr Guy Nicholls)
2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Chant class in the Shrine Chapel of Bl. JHN
3.15 p.m. Organ tuition in the Cloister Chapel (Joseph Cullen)

4.15 p.m. Tea (Lower Cloister Hall)
after tea: free time until 7.00 p.m.

7.00 p.m. “Music in the Liturgy, or Liturgical Music? An Approach to establishing the Difference” Jeremy White in the Cloister Chapel
Saturday, September 22nd

9.00 a.m. Private Masses in the Oratory Church
(all participants are welcome to assist at any of these Masses)
9.30 – 10.00 a.m. Arrivals and Coffee at the OPS (Oratory Primary School)
10.00 – 10.15 a.m. Welcome and Introduction (Fr Guy Nicholls)
10.15 – 11.00 a.m. “Music and the Ordinariate” : (Mgr. Andrew Burnham)
11.15 a.m. – 12 noon “Towards a New Culture in Liturgical Music” :( Mgr. Andrew Wadsworth)

12 noon – 12.15 p.m. Coffee

12.15 – 1.00 p.m. “Stripping the Cladding – the search for authentic music in the Roman Rite.” : (Joseph Cullen)

1.00 – 2.00 p.m. Buffet Lunch at the OPS

2.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. Childrens’ Singing at the Oratory Primary School (OPS) (Jeremy de Satge)
2.15 – 3.00 p.m. “Uses and Abuses of Hymnody” (Ben Whitworth)
3.00 – 3.45 p.m. “How to get Catholics to Sing; or why we should sing the Mass” (Jeremy de Satge)

4.00 p.m. Tea at the OPS, followed by return to the Oratory

4.30 p.m. Vespers rehearsal (Philip Duffy) in the Cloister Chapel
5.00 p.m. Vespers in the Cloister Chapel

6.00 p.m. Dinner (participants on their own)

7.30 p.m. Concert in the Oratory by “The Sixteen”
(conducted by Harry Christophers)


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