Following last month’s participation in the celebration of the Solemn Mass for the Feast of the Assumption, Schola Adventus, the resident choir at The Church of the Advent of Christ the King, directed by Paul Ellison, allowed themselves the luxury of a brief summer break. That break has now concluded, and the ensemble will resume its participation in High Mass services this coming Sunday. In addition to the incantation of the Gregorian Propers of the Day, the ensemble will perform an anthem from the early twentieth century by an Irish composer and a motet from the early seventeenth century by an English composer.
The Irish composer is Charles Wood, who succeeded Charles Villiers Stanford as Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge in 1924. Wood also taught at the Royal College of Music, where one of his pupils was Ralph Vaughan Williams. Schola Adventus will perform his anthem “Expectans, expectavi,” set in four parts with organ accompaniment. This will be followed by William Byrd’s a cappella motet in four parts, “Ave verum corpus.” In addition, Ellison will provide the prelude and postlude from the organ. The former will be the Adagio movement from Johann Sebastian Bach’s BWV 564 toccata in C major, and the postlude with be the Scherzoso movement from Josef Rheinberger’s eighth organ sonata.
The Church of the Advent of Christ the King is located at 261 Fell Street, between Franklin Street and Gough Street; and this particular High Mass service will take place this coming Sunday, September 8, at 11 a.m.