Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chantastic, pop pickers!

The BBC have a programme on tonight about the unlikely (Ha! You think?) success of recordings of Gregorian Chant. It's called Nuns Aloud (*winces*) and is on at 23.20 tonight in England.

We can't get it in Scotland, presumably because Mgr Peter Smith had a quiet word with someone at BBC Scotland (only kidding, it's on tomorrow night in Scotland)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may not have been kidding about Mgr Smith!!

8:56 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

I know. I just don't want to get done for libel.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

He'd probably commission a programme about "Kumbayah" or "Eagle's Wings".

BBC Scotland would probably make it.

9:13 PM  
Anonymous berenike said...

Anyone able to tape it or do something so I can watch it here overseas?

Or at least explain to me how I do the proxy ip thing?


7:29 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

I've found a way of posting it on here for the next week.

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's dreadful; I really wouldn't bother watching it. The two men from Universal charged with finding nuns to do the recording are total cowboys; absolutely clueless, no cultural awareness of Catholicism and to an outsider they would think that were only 2 convents in the entire world with nuns who could sing. One of them is also disrespectful to the nuns of Avignon at one point, crossing the grill to their sanctuary when he knows they would be upset by it (evidenced by him running back to the other side when one appears). The only insightful thing about the programme was that it makes you realise what idiots can work in important positions for recording studios.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you aware that the Schola from The London Oratory School, are singing in St Aloysius next month. The J s must be losing it.....lol. It will be good!

7:57 PM  
Blogger Dilly said...

I just watched it. While I agree with the cultural cluelessness point made by Anon, the interesting point was that the winners (I checked on their website) are the only nuns shown who sing the EF daily. I'm not presuming to criticise the others who have equally given their lives to God....but it was evident from clips of Masses, and in one case by their own songs that they were more used to singing kumbayah stuff - or at least praying and singing in the vernacular. It was also obvious from the overall age profile where this was getting them.

7:09 PM  

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