LITURGICAL mUSiC publishers, The Music Makers, celebrated its 10th Anniversary by hosting a launch reception for its new CD, Regina Caeli, on September 11 at St Pauls Bookshop by Westminster Cathedral. Among those in attendance were Bishop Alan Hopes, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, and journalist Joanna Bogle, both of whom addressed the gathering.
Jeremy de Satge, director of The Music Makers, explained that his company was a music publisher with a difference, in that it had the mission of helping to improve the state of Catholic music generally through publications and other resources. He announced that, in addition to its current activities, The Music Makers is going to start a series of choral workshops around the country in partnership with various religious institutions. The Music Makers was formed in 1996 by three Catholic composers and musicians — David Hoyland,
Michael Gryspeerdt and Jeremy de Satge — in order to promote and publish new Church music, principally for the Catholic liturgy but also for other Christian denominations.
A principle objective of The Music Makers is to add to the repertoire of quality post-Vatican II church music by creating new music which upholds the tradition of the Church (stemming from the Gregorian tradition) while keeping firmly in line with the guidelines set out by the documents of Vatican II. The publishers are also concerned to produce music which is accessible to the amateur choir as well as professional. The published music makes use of both Latin and English texts. The new CD, Regina Caeli, contains a wide range of Marian music and is available from St Paul's Bookshops and other retailers or by mail order from The Music Makers at www.themusicmakers.org.