Some sense of what is happening:
With regard to the new Pope, there was a great deal of fear initially that has mostly receded in favor of relaxation as regards Rome's attitude toward sacred music and sound liturgy. People are feeling a strong sense of responsibility to carry out the Benedictine approach, following through with actually implementing in our local parishes what the emeritus Pope had worked for.
I heard this morning that Fr. Samuel Weber's English Gradual -- with difficult, moderate, and easy options -- is scheduled to appear from Ignatius Press this Fall. It will be 1,000 pages long. Its market niche is to be a sucessor to the Simple English Propers, essentially the second stage. This all sounds great. Fr. Weber is remarkable as a composer of English chant.
Otherwise, it seems that everyone is gathering from all parts of the world -- old friends and new. Very exciting.