Matthew Schellhorn appointed to new role for Latin Mass Society

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Matthew Schellhorn has been appointed to a new role in London created by the Latin Mass Society.

As Director of Music for London Matthew will oversee the Society’s sponsorship of Sacred Music in the capital, also providing professional support for annual events such as the high-profile Holy Week services in St Mary Moorfields in the City of London and the busy schedule of pilgrimages and special events. He will also work with the Gregorian Chant Network in coordinating a programme of training events and conferences.

Dr Joseph Shaw, Chairman of the Latin Mass Society, said: "The promotion of Sacred Music is one of the core objectives of the Latin Mass Society, which has a long history of maintaining the connection between the Church’s patrimony of music and the liturgy for which it was created. The Greater London area, in particular, with its flagship celebrations including the Sacred Triduum has had a greater need for professional music demanding an intense amount of musical planning and execution at the highest standard. We are therefore delighted to appoint a musician of Matthew Schellhorn’s calibre to take our work in the capital, where many of our Masses are celebrated, to a new and higher level."

Matthew Schellhorn said: "I am delighted to be offered this opportunity to work with the Latin Mass Society in promoting Sacred Music. The appointment of a Director of Music for London gives the Latin Mass Society an opportunity to underline its commitment to chant and polyphony and is further a fitting way to mark its 50th Anniversary as it re-commits itself to maintaining and promoting the highest standards of liturgical celebrations."

Sir James MacMillan, Patron of the Latin Mass Society, said: "I am delighted to hear of Matthew Schellhorn's appointment as the Latin Mass Society's Director of Music for London. Matthew is a consummate musician in both the secular and sacred spheres and I have known and admired his work for many years. He will provide the perfect guidance and leadership for the Society and will inspire its efforts throughout the country too. The LMS has never been more needed, and Matthew Schellhorn's new position will help the Church and its music go from strength to strength."

Forthcoming song recitals in Westminster and Cambridge

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Matthew Schellhorn once more partners award-winning soprano Susanna Fairbairn in two concerts next week.

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The first, in St Margaret's Westminster is on Monday 27th April 2015 at 13:00 (admission free). The second is in the Cambridge International Concert Series on Sunday 3rd May 2015 at 20:00 (tickets £10/£4 – student tickets available here.

Following their 2015 Park Lane Group performances at the Southbank Centre, the pair again present repertoire by Joseph Horovitz and Robert Saxton with Poulenc's charming La courte paille and Messiaen's monumental Poèmes pour Mi, written in 1936 for the composer's first wife whose life was tragically ended by terminal illness.

Full programmes for both concerts:

Monday 27th April 2015: St Margaret's Westminster
Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992) Poèmes pour Mi (Book 1)
Robert Saxton
(b. 1953) Brise Marine
Robert Saxton The beach in winter (Scratby)
Francis Poulenc (1899–1963) La courte paille
Joseph Horovitz (b. 1926) Lady Macbeth
Joseph Horovitz Zum 11 Maerz (For 11th March)
Joseph Horovitz [with Michael Flanders] Foie gras

Sunday 2nd May 2015: Sydney Sussex College Chapel
Robert Saxton (b. 1953) Brise Marine
Robert Saxton The beach in winter (Scratby)
Joseph Horovitz (b. 1926) Lady Macbeth
Joseph Horovitz Zum 11 Maerz (For 11th March)
Joseph Horovitz [with Michael Flanders] Foie gras
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Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992) Poèmes pour Mi

Schellhorn Prize winning entry receives its World Premiere

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The winning entry of the 2015 inaugural Schellhorn Prize for Sacred Music Composition received its World Premiere during the recent Triduum services in the City of London.

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Ecce Quam Bonum, a setting of Psalm 133 by young composer Marco Galvani, was performed as part of the Easter Vigil Mass at St Mary Moorfields.

As the winner of the Prize, Marco received £500 in addition to the performance.

Classical pianist Matthew Schellhorn founded the prize in 2014 to foster artistic endeavour and encourage excellence in the Sacred Liturgy. The prize is open to composers aged 26 or under, regardless of nationality, who are studying, or have studied at any conservatoire or university in England or Wales.

Marco, 20, from Prenton on the Wirral, said: ‘It was an honour to hear my piece performed. It was a beautifully moving service.’

Matthew Schellhorn, who conducted the performance at St Mary Moorfields said: ‘It was a pleasure to perform Marco’s piece on Holy Saturday. I found it very effective indeed and all the singers really enjoyed getting to grips with it in rehearsal. Many people said afterwards how much they enjoyed the piece and – importantly – how much it complemented such ancient ceremonies. I shall follow Marco’s career closely.’

The Schellhorn Prize is supported by Latin Mass Society, which supported the performance. Chairman Joseph Shaw said: ‘We congratulate Marco Galvani for so successfully putting modern musical techniques and style to work for the Church, for the liturgical tradition, and for the glory of God. He has demonstrated that the Church’s musical patrimony is not all in the past: that today’s composers can continue to add to it.’

Forthcoming performance of Ian Wilson's Stations

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Matthew Schellhorn will perform Ian Wilson's groundbreaking solo piano work, Stations, at Chelmsford Cathedral during Holy Week.

Ian Wilson: Stations

Following the successful release of Matthew Schellhorn's disc of the work on Diatribe Records in 2014, this concert will the only opportunity in 2015 to hear Stations performed complete live.

Tuesday 31 March 2015 in Chelmsford Cathedral, Chelmsford CM1 1TY at 8pm

"Wilson builds his spare yet rigorous reflections on the Stations of the Cross towards dramatic climaxes. Matthew Schellhorn's crisp, committed performance avoids melodrama and sentimentality."
Barry Witherden, BBC Music Magazine, May 2014

Buy the CD from Diatribe Records

Matthew Schellhorn writes on sacred music for The Catholic Herald

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Matthew Schellhorn has written about sacred music for The Catholic Herald.

Catholic Herald

In the article, he expresses his hope that the Catholic Church can continue to attract quality new music: 'I like to imagine that the Church has a future once more as patron of musical art.'

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