Page 4, 26th April 1991

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Modern Catholic music in crisis?

IF the only Catholic overtone at George Carey's enthronement was that notorious swingalong musical interlude (April 19) during the sign of peace, then it may seem to your readers that our church has precious little to offer artistically save that which is produced by a merry band of amateur musicians and liturgists.

They have in the main over the last 20 years offered us ditties that could have been written by any student at GCSE level.

Yet better music is available. May 1 recommend to Fr Sands and company the compositions of the distinguished Benedictine, Fr Sebastian Wolff FRCO, who as organist at Buckfast Abbey

has, over the same period, been producing choral and liturgical pieces of great merit worthy of the English Catholic tradition. His noteworthy cycle of Sunday psalms is an important

contribution to the lamentable selection at present available, and ought to be better known in our parishes.

May 1 respectfully suggest that Fr Sands in his new post as National Co-ordinator of Rites and Music promotes that which is truly deserving of praise, not that which has made modern Catholic music the laughing stock of the RCM and Royal College of Organists.

Paul Gaynor London SW11

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