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September 27, 2010

Recovering …

evelyn @ 3:29 pm

If anyone believes that Forth in Praise has shut down, it hasn’t.  We have just been recovering from the papal visit.

‘Successful beyond belief’ seems to be the general verdict on every aspect of that visit.  As for Bellahouston, it was worth all the hassle, the practising, the admin, everything that we are recovering from now.  I was glued to the TV, and even through that medium the wonderful atmosphere was apparent.  Those who were actually there came back ecstatic.

Musically, we have learned quite a few things from this experience. I’m still processing them, and hope they will come to fruition on other pages of this website.

But guess what music moment of the papal visit was the most impressive for me?  No, nothing at Bellahouston, not even the MacMillan Mass.  It was the awe-inspiring ‘Tu es Petrus’ as the Pope entered Westminster Cathedral.  Who wrote that? I wondered.  It turned out the composer was James MacMillan.  Of course.

Well, from now on the organist blog will return to being just that.  In my own parish, we are engaged in an organist-hunt, trying to flush out  potential organists currently hiding in the pews.  What’s the point in having one of the best pipe organs in Scotland, if it is largely unplayed? The initial results have been intriguing as well as encouraging.  More about this in the next post.


  1. The music from the new translation of the missal is all online 🙂 recording with video and the music itself.

    Thank heaven for the internet! No more having to smuggle things out of the sacristy, or beg loansof the one English-language missal with music that somone happens to own ….


    best wishes,

    A former player of that instrument, if you’re still playing in the same parish!

    Comment by Triduana — September 30, 2010 @ 8:16 am

  2. Nice to hear from you, Triduana. Yes indeed, I’m still at that old, old organ where you used to play, too.

    That’s a great link to the chants for the new Mass text. We’ll feature it on our new-look ‘Singing the Mass’ page, which will be up and running soon. I agree, the internet is a really wonderful resource for this sort of thing.

    Very many thanks.

    Comment by evelyn — October 3, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

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