APPEALING FOR BRITISH CHOIRS
"THREE-THOUSAND letters have gone out this week I_ from the Church Music Association appealing for contributions to help send three plane-loads of choristers to represent Britain at the Fourth International Congress of Sacred Music in Cologne.
The Congress is to be held in June (22-25). Leading choirs and organists from many lands will attend.
The Church Music Association in Britain hopes to send 100 members of the Westminster Diocesan Choir, and 40 members of the Edinburgh Cathedral Choir. The Westminster Diocesan Choir, under its director Fr. Wilfrid Purney, has been invited to give a concert of English church music ranging from John Dunstable to Henry Purcell.
The choir of St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh. ender its director Arthur Oldham, has re ceived the special honour of ho being invited to sing the Proper and lead the singing of the Common at the principal Mass of the Congress. This will be a Pontifical High Mass. and 20,000 singers arc expected to be present in Cologne Cathedral.
1 he cost of taking the representative choirs to the Congress is expected to be around £2,000. Fr. Wilfrid Purney, National Director of Pucri Cantores, who has been invited to lead the delegation from Britain, is hoping that much of this sum will be contributed in answer to his appeal.
The part to be played by sacred music in Christian re-union and in apostolic work in the missions, will be studied at the Congress in its relation to recent liturgical developments. Proposals made during the study will be submitted to the forthcoming Second Vatican Council
The address of the Church Music Association is 22 St. Martin'sHouse, 29 Ludgate Hill, London. E.C.4
The Christus Rex Society, priests' sociological organization, announces that it will continue its programme whereby members volunteer to devote their annual vacations to pastoral work among Irish emigrants in England.