Two weeks ago a former member of the Oratory choir donated his private choral music collection to us, and since then as choir librarian I have been very busy trying to sort, catalogue and file it all away. I have completed the total inventory: 14 new mass sets, 5 new motet sets, about 150 single copies, and this does not include a great deal of the music which duplicates what we already have. It brings our total of mass sets to nearly 200!
Not unnaturally I'm extremely pleased with what has been given us, and we will hopefully be performing two of the works donated in the coming weeks at Sunday high mass: Missa O Magnum Mysterium by Tomas Luis de Victoria, and Messe de Ste. Jeanne d'Arc by Henri Nibelle.
So if anyone has any old Catholic choral music of any kind, era, quality or quantity that they are looking to find a home for, please do get in touch and I will be much obliged! We at the Birmingham Oratory are always looking out for new music, particularly that which is out of print and of historical interest.