Saturday 18th January 2014 10.00-17.30
Central Canterbury (venue to be announced)
Workshop day with Antony Pitts
(Director of vocal group ‘Tonus Peregrinus’)
This is a day of talks and singing looking at the very earliest examples of writing for more than one voice. These early examples of simple embroidery of gregorian chant melodies led to the wonderful sounds of renaissance polyphonic music we associate with Josquin, Byrd and Talllis. We are not going that far in this workshop. We will look at the evidence for the earliest melodic embroidery and have a go at singing some of it under the expert guidance of Antony Pitts.
More details in a few weeks.
Sunday 24th November 2013 at 3.30pm
Church of St. Austin and St Gregory
Victoria Road, Margate CT9 1LP
We are invited to join the nuns of Minster Abbey to lead a service of Solemn Vespers and Benediction in Margate. Those who would like to sing all the antiphons, hymns and so on are asked to come to a rehearsal for this Service at 10.15 for 10.30 on Saturday 23rd November at St. Thomas’s Church, Burgate, Canterbury CT1 2HJ. Mother Nikola from Minster Abbey will lead our rehearsal in the ‘Upper Room’ above the Sacristy. The Service includes the magnificent Office Hymn for Christ the King ‘Te saeculorum principem’ which we have practiced in some of our recent visits to Minster Abbey. If you cannot make the rehearsal, just come along on Sunday at 3.30 to join in singing with the congregation.
Come and join us for a lunchtime fix of Gregorian Chant during Canterbury Festival. On each of the Saturdays we sing ‘The Angelus, the Ave and the Salve’ at the traditional midday hour of 12.00. If you would like to sing with us come along half an hour earlier at 11.30 to practice. The short service we sing lasts about 15 minutes. There is no charge.
Saturday 19th October at 12.00: St. Peter’s Church
St. Peter’s Street, Canterbury, CT1 2BP
Saturday 26th October at 12.00: St. John’s Hospital
Northgate, Canterbury CT1 1BG
Saturday 2nd November at 12.00: St. Martin’s Church
North Holmes Road, Canterbury CT1 3AR
Sunday 28th July 2013 at Minster Abbey
Minster near Ramsgate
Arrive 1.30 for a 2pm start, finish about 6.30
We spend an afternoon with the Benedictine Community at Minster Abbey. We will hear about the recent transcription of the Sequence for St Mildred, and then we will sing it. We will look at some other sequences for comparison. We will revise some music we learned previously, having in mind our invitation to sing Vespers in November (more of that in the autumn). We will have a nice afternoon tea with time to look round the Abbey and its grounds. We finish the afternoon rehearsing the music for Vespers and then joining the Community at 6pm to sing the Office of Vespers. We hope to sing the Sequence for St. Mildred close to their relic of St. Mildred at the end of Vespers.
Costs: Members £5, non-members £10
to include music, handouts and afternoon tea.
Saturday 27th July at 12.00
Greyfriars Chapel, Stour Street, Canterbury
We will rehearse at 11.30 in the Chapel and sing at 12.00. All are welcome to join us at the rehearsal and join in the singing.
Or just come and listen at 12.00. The service lasts about 15 minutes.
This event is free of charge.
Saturday 18th May 2013
12.00 at St, Dunstan’s Church
Canterbury CT2 8LS
We sing the Angelus at the traditional midday hour as part of St. Dunstan’s Parish ‘Mediaeval Day’. Come and rehearse with us at 11.30 and join in the singing. Or just come and listen at 12.00.
All are welcome.
Saturday 9th March 9.30-12.30
Grimond Lecture Theatre 3, University of Kent at Canterbury
From the University’s History Department:
Helen Gittos on the use of English in mediaeval liturgy and Jayne Wackett on the motivation for and production of high quality books for religious use in mediaeval England.
Cost: £5 at the door (CGMS Members Free)