Chant that Competes With Praise and Worship Music!
I have been contacted by a seminarian based in Boston called Pat Fiorillo who directs the choir of a young adults group in Boston.
He told me that through his influence of introducing this sort of music at groups he has worked with, he has seen a young people’s group chant for the first time ever rather than singing only praise and worship music with the usual guitars and drums.
He sent me this recording of his group of singing the Magnificat to the Way of Beauty psalm tones composed by myself and with the harmonization by Paul Jernberg. They are singing it as a communion meditation for Mass on the Feast of the Assumption recently. The antiphon is composed by Paul Ford (whose work I otherwise know nothing of), but I must say that it sounds good. Pat is clearly working well with them, and I find their chant of the antiphon beautiful. They actually did all of the propers – introit and offertory also from Ford’s collection – as well as Kyrie VIII, and Proulx’s Missa Simplex.
From what he describes everyone is enthusiastic about singing sacred music and he is pleased to have something that works in English which opens the way for congregations who might be resistant if he insisted on Latin. What is particularly encouraging is that this is a seminarian doing this! I hope this gives us an indication of what are priests will be doing in the future.