Tuesday, February 11, 2014

An Aussie Invasion

Two degrees below zero here in Chicago. That about says it all about this winter.

A few days ago, we marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles' appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show; that occasion that marked the so-called "British Invasion" that had occurred in the 1960's when rock and pop music groups from the United Kingdom became popular in the United States.

Here at WLP, we have experienced an "Aussie Invasion" of sorts over the last several years as we have brought the music of Australian composers Michael Mangan and Andrew Chinn to parishes in North America. Both of these composers have extensive backgrounds in teaching and composition. While most of their music is written for children, much of what they write has crossover potential into adult worshipping communities.

WLP is sponsoring both composers at workshops at the 2014 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim next month. We are featuring two of their newest collections, Andrew's In Joyful Hope and Michael's This We Believe. Here's a photo I just took of the two collections:

Readers of this blog will be delighted to see that one of the pieces in Andrew Chinn's collection was inspired by this blog itself:

Andrew tells me that his choir just loves this rendition.

Both collections will be available on the WLP web site soon.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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