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Choral Music

The Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch

The Rev’d Dr Andrew C. Blume, Rector

Dr. Richard Porterfield, Organist and Choirmaster

 

The choir of Saint Ignatius, directed by Dr. Richard Porterfield, is a professional ensemble with a core of four voices, expanding to around sixteen for the larger repertoire. Historically the choir has been one of the finest of its type and continues the tradition of excellent music-making that has defined worship at Saint Ignatius for over 140 years. The choral repertoire is drawn primarily from the late medieval and Renaissance periods, as well as from the nineteenth– and twentieth–century Anglican choral tradition. The splendid acoustics of the church make for an unparalleled setting for performing choral music.

The choral services consist of congregational hymns drawn from the great corpus of Anglican hymnody represented primarily in the English Hymnal, and the Hymnals 1940 and 1983. The choir also performs a setting of the Mass Ordinary (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Bendictus, Agnus Dei) and a motet or anthem. The minor propers at Solemn Mass on Sundays and Major Feasts are from the Graduale Romanum and sung in Latin to the traditional Gregorian plainsong chants. At Sung Mass on summer Sundays and on certain Feasts during the year, the minor propers are adapted from The English Gradual and sung in English.