Katherine House FCJ Salford

A Christian Conference and Retreat Centre

“The Greatest Good”

2nd Monday evening of the month | 10 Sept, 8 Oct, 12 Nov, 10 Dec  

7pm to 9pm 

repeated on the 

2nd Thursday morning 13 Sept, 11 Oct,15 Nov, 13 Dec  

10.30am to 12.30pm 


The 18th century English poet and essayist, Joseph Addison, described music as “the greatest good that mortals know, and all of heaven we have below”.

In this 4-part autumn series of illustrated talks, we will be thinking about the power of music to move us – intellectually, emotionally and spiritually – and how sacred music has developed (especially in church liturgy) over the last 2000 years.


These talks are for anyone who has an interest in music, including musicians or singers. Each session will be held on the  Each session is a self-contained unit – you don’t need to commit to all four.


September: “The Power of Music”

Greek, Jewish and Roman roots

October: “Concord and Discord”

Plainchant & the rise of polyphony

November: “Reform and Reaction”

The impact of the Reformation

December: “Ancient & Modern”

From classical to tintinabulation


Led by Vin Allerton who has been a member of the Hallé Choir, and a cantor and choirmaster in his RC parish, for over 40 years.