Have just heard that Michael Hodgetts died this afternoon December 12. He was a stalwart of the Church Music Association before it re-merged with the Society, and I believe at one time was one of the Society's trustees. I also seem to remember that Michael trained at the Venerable English College in Rome but never went through to ordination. His knowledge of Latin and English literature meant that he was able to craft a whole swathe of liturgical and other texts, especially hymns notable for their sometimes startling imagery. At one time he did quite a lot of work for ICEL, and it is said that the anonymous translation of Crux Fidelis in the current Roman Missal is his work. Many prayers and condolences to his wife Barbara and all his family (which includes son Paul, active in Catholic church music in the Birmingham area).
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A post by Paul Inwood a quarter of an hour ago on the Society's Facebook page reads as follows: