Thanks for the comments.
To answer your questions and then think aloud about repertoire a bit more.
Tsume Tsuyu wrote:I realise now that you are also asking whether there are other texts which should be considered 'core'. So, the idea is that, if we think of any other texts, we should notify you of these, and we are also invited to make musical suggestions for texts that appear, to be added to the settings you've already listed. So your list will be texts and musical suggestions. That is right, isn't it? Sorry if I'm being dim but Summer School took a lot out of me!
Yes - suggestions about texts. I have added since you remind me 'The Reproaches' to the list - though personally I am ambivalent about the text but that's another discussion.
Yes - to music suggestions. As I have noted before this project has grown out of work the Liturgy Office has done for Westminster diocese. For that I gave musical examples but generally restricted them to being in a common hymnbook. But I welcome the idea that it might be one way of making good music being written across the country be known. I am building up a list of suggestions people have made.
At the moment I think the music listed are examples rather than suggestions/recommendations. The only 'approval' would be to check that it 'does what it says on the tin' i.e. a 'setting' of, say, Philippians 2 that was actually only 2 lines from the text out of 20 I would not judge to be a setting of the text.
At a later stage I would want to make a distinction between settings of the text and settings based on the text. For example - are you singing the Magnificat if you sing 'Tell out my soul' or a hymn based on it? To put this in context - if you were starting Evening Prayer in the parish with few resources and decided to use 'Tell out my soul' as the Magnificat and the only other item that was sung was a hymn at the beginning I would respect that choice as the value of singing the text would be important and it gives emphasis to the Gospel canticle. If two years later you had built up resources and regularly sang the psalms but were still only singing 'Tell out my soul' I would wonder.
As you note every parish has a repertoire - though some may not realise it yet! What is the purpose of a repertoire - to serve the liturgy, to deepen people's faith, to enable people to participate in the liturgy so that they can deepen their faith?
In some parishes there may be a number of different repertoires but no common repertoire. How does this effect when we celebrate together? Is music a sign of unity?
The texts of the core repertoire are nearly all drawn from the liturgy. It is based on the idea that primary source of what we sing should be the liturgy itself - which is, I think, quite challenging.
[BTW - where were the knitting needles?]