Friday, May 02, 2008

Dr. Mary Berry, R.I.P.

It may interest you and the readers of your blog to know that Dr Mary Berry CBE (Sr Thomas More) died peacefully yesterday evening (Ascension Thursday, 1st May), having received the last rites. She was 90 years old.

Mary will long be remembered for her promotion of Gregorian chant in the liturgy, both in England and around the world. She was Fellow and Director of Studies in Music at Girton and Newnham Colleges in the University of Cambridge, and the founder and director of the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge, with whom she made several exceptional recordings of Gregorian chant and sacred music. She was awarded the papal cross, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 2000 and the CBE in the 2002 New Years Honours List.

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