Our ultimate musical goal is the ideal set out in Sacrosanctum Concilium, the 2nd Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, where we read that:
"The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy. Liturgical worship is given a more noble form when the divine offices are celebrated solemnly in song, with the assistance of sacred ministers and the active participation of the people. The treasure of sacred music is to be preserved and fostered with great care. Choirs must be diligently promoted…"
We have a traditional all age 4 part choir with around 18 singers of all ages.
The lead given by the choir is important in enabling the programming a wide variety of music, permitting a deep tie between the music chosen and the liturgical season or feast. This is our primary role, but the work we do and the skills we have enhance the liturgy with our music, giving it the "more noble form" referred to above.
We have a repertoire of about 80 motets composed roughly between 1620 and 2016.
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