First conference for Directors of Music of Jesuit Schools

St John’s Beaumont hosted the first ever conference for Directors of Music of Jesuit Schools. Organised by the Jesuit Institute, the day explored the use of liturgical music in schools. In attendance were representatives from every Jesuit School in the UK, as well as the Jesuit Associate School in Cannock. 

The event, which took place on the 14th of January, was a rare opportunity for the directors of music to share ideas, resources and learn more about the liturgy. Fr Adrian Porter SJ, who designed and led the day, guided the group through the structure and the dynamic of the mass as well as exploring other liturgies. The group also had time to go deeper into The Directory on Masses with Children developed by the Congregation for Divine Worship.

As well as the high quality input, and the chance to share good practice and exchange good ideas, many of the delegates were just delighted to have the first opportunity to meet together. Ann Archibald from St Aloysius in Glasgow said, “It was really encouraging to finally meet everyone – a chance to get to know each other a bit more.” It is hoped by many in the group that this will become an annual event.

It was an opportunity to celebrate the very high standard of music across the schools, and one of the fruits of being together may well be a joint concert for the schools. Liz Savage from Barlborough Hall said, “What a lovely day in great company. I enjoyed singing with everyone and have lots of new ideas. A joint concert and an annual meeting sounds brilliant.”