Music for the New Missal

Singing the Missal Tones

Roman Missal: Order of Mass – A Guide for Composers

Accompanying the Missal Tones

  • This organ accompaniment is available free of charge to download from the Diocese of Leeds. The accompaniments to the missal tones are offered on the website for the help and support of musicians introducing the new chants. There are an increasing number of accompaniment versions available and this version is offered as a simple and modest contribution to that need. We would kindly ask that if you wish to make use of it you consider making a charitable donation by cheque payable to “Leeds Cathedral Choir School”. Donations should be sent to the Music Department, Leeds Cathedral, Great George Street, Leeds LS2 8BE. Further information about the choir school project is available here.

For more in depth information on the new translation, see http://www.missal.org.uk/


Advice and Materials 

The items under this menu seek to offer some guidance and free practical examples of liturgical music for parishes. The advice regarding the choice of repertoire is necessarily limited by the parameters of a website. The download area will be expanded over time as existing material is typeset. Much contemporary music is in full copyright and therefore must be purchased by parishes, and a licence obtained for the reproduction of the words and music on any service sheets. This includes most settings of the responsorial psalms, hymns and vernacular Masses.

A good resource for free choral music suitable for the Catholic liturgy appears in some useful amateur editions on the Wikipedia site, Choral Public Domain Library.

The Gregorian Missal contains a complete range of music in chant notation suitable for Sunday celebrations. A small selection of the simplest Mass settings has been reformatted to download.

Hymn books are a more problematic area. It is worth considering if the large investment in a new hymn book is the best investment for a parish or whether the purchase of a licence to reproduce the words on a missalette is better. This is especially relevant, given that congregational hymn singing is not given primacy in the relevant liturgical documents of the Catholic church. The priority for liturgical music is to sing the mass rather than sing at mass. Unfortunately, there is little consensus on the best current hymnbook, and several recent attempts have been disappointing in the accuracy of the typesetting of music and words, indexing and manageable volume size.

Join us on a voyage into outer space with Charlotte, learn a challenging tongue twister, and develop your breathing for singing with the beautiful ‘Potter’s Hand’.
https://youtu.be/YMXoG2-RqIo

Today we are back with Cathedral Choral Director Lucy H, to sing an African welcome song, a Spiritual and (back by popular demand) Inchworm! Meet Oliver the Owl, a big white polar bear, and Hillie the Cat might put in a guest appearance too.
https://youtu.be/kfv5C9EDiow

Join Wil our Choral Director for Huddersfield, for a fun and uplifting singing session. Today we decide what to have with our chips and sing The Potter's Hand and Peace like a river!
https://youtu.be/S8pYIfSDHNc

We're back with Lucy A for today's singing session where we go through more energetic warm-ups, four languages in the Mexican Counting Song and the fantastic Beautiful World! Stay tuned to the end for more adventures of Hillie the cat...
https://youtu.be/sBtFXQ7YHXE

In todays session, Tom sees how many languages he can fit in to one session...would you like to guess how many? There’s a warm-up with aliens and witches, a joyful song praising God, something rather spooky and a VERY silly song at the end.
https://youtu.be/03COAwn0UBw

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11 months ago

Diocese of Leeds Music

My voice is changing right now so I’m in this range where I can sing quite high or low, so I can either sing treble or tenor right now! When I sing it gives me more confidence in school and everywhere. The whole choir feels like a community and you get to meet lots of new people as well. My favourite pieces are some of the Glorias, I also like singing in other languages. 13 years old, Leeds Cathedral Senior Boys Choir ... See MoreSee Less

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11 months ago

Diocese of Leeds Music

Today at Leeds Cathedral:

9.30 am Mass (Cantor)

11 am Solemn Mass (Boys)
Missa in Honorem SS Cordis, Andriessen
Hodie & This little babe, Britten
Deo gratias, Britten
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11 months ago

Diocese of Leeds Music

I feel happy because it just lets all your emotions out. I like singing. My favourite thing about choir is singing, and I’m really excited for the BBC broadcast. We’ve been rehearsing for it since September, since we came back from the holidays. If you feel nervous about singing imagine it’s only you in the room and you’re singing to yourself. When I joined I was really nervous, but my sister was in the choir (she’s in Seniors now) and she helped me to sing. 10 years old, Bradford Junior Choir ... See MoreSee Less

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An excellent BBC rehearsal this afternoon for Bradford Catholic Youth Choir...tune in tomorrow at 10am! ... See MoreSee Less

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