New Liturgical Music Institute – McMillan, Longley, Birmingham Oratory

The Blessed John Henry Newman Institute for Liturgical Music is a new venture by the Fathers of the Birmingham Oratory in association with the Maryvale Institute under the joint patronage of Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham and James McMillan, the celebrated Catholic Composer.
The purpose of the Institute is to provide a general formation in liturgical music, so that the Sunday liturgy in parishes may benefit from a doctrinal, liturgical and musical formation. The Institute is to be launched on Saturday, September 17th at the Oratory, Birmingham, to mark the first anniversary of the beatification of Blessed John Henry Newman, and to inaugurate a term of study mornings and evenings particularly designed to promote the music associated with the new translation of the Mass which will come into effect at Advent.

Read more here.


  1. The London and Birmingham Oratories have long been centres of liturgical and musical excellence. James MacMillan has described the state of music in the average parish as ‘dire’ and for his own small Scottish parish writes and conducts simple settings. Fr Guy Nichols’s article is worth reading in full.

  2. Seems apropos in several respects:

    “I’ve just had the great pleasure of a guided tour of the magnificently restored St Patrick’s Church in Soho Square; it really did feel as if I was being given a glimpse of the Catholic Church of the future, as envisaged by Pope Benedict XVI.”

    “At St Patrick’s, all the strands of Catholic renewal weave together – and, goodness knows, there aren’t many parishes of which that can be said. Here is the rebirth of Eucharistic adoration that Blessed John Paul II put at the heart of his pontificate; here, too, is his New Evangelisation, represented by Spes, a school of evangelisation founded by Fr Alexander. The mission to the homeless, which includes alcohol and drug counselling for Soho’s addicts and sex workers, is inspired by the example of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. The worship is faithful to Pope Benedict’s “hermeneutic of continuity”: the free-standing altar has been moved forward so that Mass can be celebrated facing west or east, in the Ordinary or Extraordinary Forms. And the church re-opened to the sound of the St Patrick’s Magnificat by James MacMillan, whose music has come to represent all that is best in 21st-century Catholic liturgy.

    Well, perhaps not quite all, but surely a sorely needed giant of Catholic sacred music.

  3. AWR,
    Might I suggest an editorial intervention, reminders and some admonitions from your pen?
    This has now gone from Python parody towards outright, unmitigated calumny.
    I’ve seen this decadence occur time and again in blogdom, where voices like MacMillan, Cooney, Joncas and others abandon the forum as discussion and discourse is shouted down.
    That is why I want to keep David Haas’ voice present not only here, but at MSForum, as there is so much more to gain than to lose.
    My wife has reminded me a thousand times of how insufficient the net is towards expressing intent and nuance of the meaning of one’s utterances online. Maybe if everyone could presume, prima facie, that all our intentions are meant to be positive and constructive to ALL of us, rather than an egotistical mirror by which flatter ourselves and marginalize others.
    Please, AWR, help us (Obi Wan Kenobi!)

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