The Newman Consort

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Singing the Liturgy!


“The packed church heard the Newman Consort (an Ordinariate choir from Oxford) enhance the celebration with music from the great English tradition – Taverner, Byrd, Tallis and Pearsall.” (


On Saturday 30 June we were honoured to sing for the Ordinariate ordinations at the Birmingham Oratory. We put together a programme of English polyphony, including Anglican chant for the gradual, Taverner’s Kyrie Le Roy, Tallis’s Mass for Four Voices, Byrd’s ‘Sacerdotes Domini’ at the offertory, Purcell’s ‘I was glad’ at communion, and  Pearsall’s ‘Salve regina’ to conclude. It was a deeply moving service, not least because of the close connection between the Consort and three of the new priests: Fr Thomas Mason, Fr Jonathan Creer, and Father Michael Ward.

Credit: James P J Turner

Then, on Sunday 1 July, we were delighted to provide music for Fr Thomas Mason’s first Mass. Back on ‘home turf’ at Holy Rood in Oxford, we sang an exciting programme of music – selected by the new priest – which included Taverner’s Small Devotion Mass, Messiaen’s ‘O sacrum convivium’, Howells’ ‘Salve regina’, and we concluded with the Te Deum sung alternatim with the organ (with the Oxford Ordinariate Group Pastor, Fr Daniel Lloyd, at the console).

Credit: Lorna Turner

More photographs are available to view here.

We look forward to singing music by Palestrina and Stanford at Father Michael Ward’s first Mass at Holy Rood on 7 July.

The Newman Consort in Salzburg

Coinciding with the opening weekend of the Salzburg Festival, members of the Newman Consort travelled to Salzburg in July to sing for Mass and perform a spiritual concert featuring music of the English Renaissance. Both took place on Sunday 23 July in the Wolf Dietrich Mausoleum, built 1597-1603 in the center of St. Sebastian’s Cemetery, housing the remains of the prince archbishop (d. 1617) responsible for much of the city’s Baroque core. The concert featured works by Byrd, Cornysh, Morley, and Tallis.

We are extremely grateful to the FSSP in Salzburg and to the Oxford Ordinariate Mission for their support. 


Lecture-Recital at the University Church, 3 February 2016

Composition and Context in Fifteenth-Century Motets


Among the genres of sung polyphonic music in the fifteenth century, the motet holds the central position: longer and more ambitious than vernacular songs, but shorter and with less “variety” than the new cyclic mass settings. This lecture by Paul Kolb will examine examples of motets from throughout the century.

For more information, click here.

Happy Easter!


After a very busy Hilary Term we had a well-earned rest before the Sacred Triduum. We were delighted to be invited to St Birinus, Dorchester-on-Thames again this year and were joined by Chris Hodkinson (Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge) and Paul Kolb (University of Salzburg). Repertoire included Masses and motets by Willaert, Richafort, Gombert, Palestrina, Victoria, and Weerbeke. It was a joy to celebrate the Triduum at St Birinus and we’re glad our efforts were so well received!

Easter Monday 2015 at St Birinus, Dorchester-on-Thames

Easter Monday 2015 at St Birinus, Dorchester-on-Thames

Michaelmas Term 2014


It’s been a busy few months for the Consort! We’ve sung at a number of services in Oxford, Reading, Dorchester-on-Thames, and Caversham. We sang our final servce of the summer at St Birinus, Dorchester, on 1 August. We then had to say goodbye – or rather ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ – to our Director of Music, Paul Kolb, who has taken up a post in Salzburg.

This term’s music list has just been published and we’re looking forward to singing some beautiful Mass settings and motets for the Ordinariate Mission in Oxford. We will also be singing Anerio’s Missa Pro Defunctis for the Association for Latin Liturgy this month.  You can keep up with all our news on Facebook and Twitter.

Easter Monday at St Birinus, Dorchester-on-Thames (photograph: Joseph Shaw)

Easter Monday at St Birinus, Dorchester-on-Thames (photograph: Joseph Shaw)

A busy term…

We’ve had a very busy term, singing at a number of services in the UK. We have continued to provide music for the Ordinariate Mission in Oxford and on Wednesday 12 March we will sing our termly service of Solemn Evensong and Benediction at Blackfriars Hall. On 8 February we visited the Ordinariate group in Portsmouth and sang Mozart’s Credo Mass at the patronal festival at St Agatha’s. Once a month we sing for the Polyphonic Sunday at St William of York, Reading, with the FSSP community there.

We’ll be singing for the Latin Mass Society this Saturday at the Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Caversham. You can find further details here. We’ll then be having a well-earned rest until Palm Sunday when we’ll be singing at St Birinus, Dorchester-on-Thames.

Watch this space for details about what we’ll be doing over the Sacred Triduum!


At the Ordinariate Mission in Oxford

Desperate Fortune – A Recital


On Friday 15 November at 1.15pm we’ll be giving a recital at New College, Oxford. This is part of the New Chamber Opera recital series.

The programme will include:

Clemens, Requiem

Isaac, Innsbruck ich muss dich lassen, Christe 2 from Missa Carminum, O Welt, ich muss dich lassen

Josquin, Mille regretz, Tu solus qui facis mirabilia

Agricola, Revenez tous regretz, D’ung aultre amer

La Rue, Mijn Hert Altijt 

Ockeghem, D’ung aultre amer

Summer vacation

Consort 2013-07-13Following a lovely weekend of beautiful music in Oxford and Reading, the Consort is taking its summer vacation. We’ll be back after a well-earned rest! We also have to say farewell to our organist, Chris Ku, who is completing his doctorate and returning to Canada. We wish him all the very best for the future!

Sacra Liturgia Conference

We’ve enjoyed hearing all about the Sacra Liturgia conference in Rome. Have a look on the conference’s Twitter feed for links to some of the papers.

Ready for chant!


Paul and Alex getting ready to sing the propers at St William of York, Reading, in June.