The London Oratory, Brompton (RC)
Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
|Sunday||Sing Mass (English) 10.00, Sung Solemn Mass (Latin) 11.00, Sung Vespers (Latin) 15.30|
|Saturday||Sung Mass 18.00|
|Tuesday||Sung Benediction 18.30|
Disabled: Disabled access by ramp on the left hand side of the church
Book Shop open Sunday 10.30-13.00, 15.30-18.00, Weekdays 10.45-13.15, 15.15-17.45
Near ramp on left hand side of the church
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Music 020 7808 0911
The Oratory 020 7808 0900
Director of Music
Patrick Russill (since 1999)
The Choir of the London Oratory, an adult choir of 14, founded when the Oratory moved to its present Brompton Road site in 1854, is England's senior professional Catholic choir and sings for all the Oratory's solemn Latin liturgies.
The Oratory Junior Choir, (Director Charles Cole), comprising 25 boys and girls, was founded in 1973, and was the first choir in a major London church to admit girls. It sings the Sunday 10.00 mass and Tuesday 18.30 Benediction.
The London Oratory School Schola, (Director Lee Ward) was formed in 1996 to enable Catholic boys, within the state system, to sing liturgical music within a specialist choral education. They sing Saturday 18.00 mass during term time.
Replacing a four manual organ by Bishop & Starr destroyed by fire in 1950, the present organ of 45 stops on three manuals and pedals, was built by J W Walker & Sons between 1952 and 1954 to the designs of Ralph Downes, who also set the pipe-scales and supervised the voicing. Many critics consider it Downes's most elegant organ design and one of London's finest post-War instruments. It was restored in 2004-5 by the original builders in consultation with Patrick Russill and with tonal regulation by Michael Broom.
The Very Revd Ignatius Harrison (since 1994)
The London Oratory,founded in 1849, moved to its present Brompton Road site in 1854. The Oratory Church was built between 1880 & 1884 as the church of the community of priests known as 'The Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri'. The church was built in the Renaissance style, deliberately Italianate, and was restored and redecorated to celebrate its centenary in 1984.