Sunday Mass Music Our primary emphasis is on music that all can sing. A typical Sunday Mass includes:
Hymns at the Opening, Offertory, PostCommunion and after the Angelus with which we conclude Mass
Congregational Sung Mass Setting (Lord Have Mercy, Glory Be, Holy Holy, Mystery of Faith, Great Amen and Lamb of God).
Sung Responsorial Psalm.
Sung Gospel Acclamation
Sung Our Father
Sung Communion Antiphon
Choir Communion Motet
Hymns An appeal from Fr Bruce at Easter 2016, which met with an extremely generous response from the Parish, has enabled us to purchase a set of the newly published Catholic Hymnal with harmony copies for the choir. Mass SettingsWe use only settings with a through-composed Gloria (i.e., one where the congregation sing all the words, not merely a response) and a full setting of the three Eucharistic Acclamations. The Opening Prayer, Preface Dialogs etc are all sung. On feast days Fr Bruce will sometimes sing the entire Gospel. We currently rotate five complete mass settings during the course of the year, so that each liturgical season has a suitable setting.
Walker Belmont Mass (Advent)
Macmillan Mass of Blessed John Henry Newman (Christmastide and Eastertide).
Smith Mass of St Kenelm (Ordinary Time)
de Bruyn Mass of the Resurrection (Ordinary Time)
ICEL Missal Tone (Lent)
The Macmillan setting was specially composed for the visit of Pope Benedict in 2010 and we were some of the 2000-strong choir at the Newman Beatification Mass in Cofton Park. West Birmingham area rehearsals for this choir were held at Our Lady and St Kenelm.
Responsorial Psalms The Irish composer Patrick Killeen has published a complete set of Responsorial Psalms covering the whole the 3 year Psalm cycle called Sing a New Psalm. The whole choir (rather than a solo Cantor) sings the verses, with the congregation responding in the usual way.
Communion Music Our custom is for the choir to receive communion first and then to sing a motet. We have a repertoire of around 80 of these spanning the last four hundred years or so from Byrd and Palestrina, Bach, Telemann, Victoria, Mozart, Fauré, Stanford, Stainer, Elgar and Parry to living composers such as Bob Chilcott, Allan Smith (actually two Allan Smiths) and Kathryn Rose and of course Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without John Rutter!
The Catholic Church of Our Lady and St Kenelm Siviter Street, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 3JU Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Bruce Dutson The Presbytery, 22 Cobham Road, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 3JZ Telephone 0121 602 1972 Email firstname.lastname@example.org