Chant for the Canterbury Saints

St. Thomas of Canterbury – window from Canterbury Cathedral

Tuesday 7th November 2017 1pm
Church of St. Lawrence Jewry,

Gresham Street, London EC2V 5AA
Catherine Ennis – Organ
Ian Williams – Cantor
Helen Nattrass – Director
Our first venture out of the Canterbury area is to sing a lunchtime concert in the City Church of St. Lawrence Jewry. Organist and Director of Music Catherine Ennis plays alternatim verses, in the psalms, by Cabezon, Cavazzoni and Titelouze. Other works in the programme are by Marchand, Gabrieli and Cabanilles. Short readings and antiphons commemorate the church’s patron Lawrence, and saints with strong Canterbury associations, Anselm, Thomas and Dunstan. The concert lasts approximately 45 minutes. You can eat your lunch while you listen!
FREE with retiring collection

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THEODORE and HADRIAN

Saturday 21st October 2017 1pm
St Mildred’s Church, Church Street,
Canterbury, CT1 2PP
Director: HELEN NATTRASS
Cantor: IAN WILLIAMS
Readers: MARK BATESON & PHILIPPA JEVONS
A one-hour concert commemorating Archbishop Theodore of Tarsus and Abbot Hadrian who came to Canterbury in 669AD and founded a new school. Readings include passages from Bede, Theodore and Aldhelm.

Tickets £8.75 from http://www.canterburyfestival.co.uk

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Chant and Afternoon Tea at Minster Abbey

Sunday 30th July 2017 2.00 – 6.30
Minster Abbey, Minster near Ramsgate, CT12 4HF
We hold our afternoon at Minster with a workshop at 2pm. In the middle of the afternoon we take a good break for tea, cake, conversation and a tour of the Abbey. After tea Mother Nikola will give us some coaching to sing Vespers with the Benedictine Community at 6pm. Vespers lasts about half an hour.
There is good access for anyone with mobility problems.
Minster train station is a 5 minute walk away.
We will meet in the Parkminster Building at 1.45 for 2pm.
Free of charge to members. Non-members £5
includes music, handouts, tea and cakes

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THE ANGELUS, THE AVE AND THE SALVE FOR ST. PETER

Saturday 8th July 2017 at 12.00
Rehearsal and chant taster session at 11.15
St. Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Street, Canterbury, CT1 2AT
Supporting Canterbury’s Mediaeval Day, we sing this short service at the traditional Angelus hour. It lasts about 10 minutes. If you never sang chant before, come and have a go at 11.15 and join in at 12 for the real thing. All are welcome, even those who think they cannot sing! Free of charge.

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THE CELESTIAL CITY – Dr. Jeffrey Miller

Temple of Solomon

Temple of Solomon

Saturday 25th February 2017 10-1
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
(small audio-visual room)
A morning workshop of talks and chant around gothic cathedrals
Jeffrey Miller holds research and teaching posts at the University of Cambridge and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. His principal interests are in Gothic Architecture in Europe, including its materialization and meaning in medieval communities. Our morning will consist of two talks and two singing sessions. The talks will look at how mediaeval architects related their vision of a cathedral to passages in the Bible referring to the Temple of Jerusalem. How were the decorations and adornments conceived and realized? Cathedrals were important places for the civic and spiritual life of cities. How did communities decide where these buildings should be and how they should relate to the layout of their cities? We might also have a sneak preview of the end of the world. Questions such as these will be used to frame the two talks by our guest. In between we will discuss and sing some chant for the consecration of churches (and the end of the world?).
Free for members £5 for non-members
includes hand-outs, music and light refreshments
Further information from: jonathan.butchers@gmail.com

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CHANT FOR THE CANTERBURY SAINTS

mildredSaturday 29th October 2016 1pm
St Mildred’s Church, Church Street, Canterbury, CT1 2PP
Director: HELEN NATTRASS
Organ: ADRIAN BAWTREE
Readers: MARK BATESON & PHILIPPA JEVONS
A one-hour concert of chant, organ and readings connected with Saints who lived in or near Canterbury.
Tickets £7.50 from http://www.canterburyfestival.co.uk

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GREGORIAN 101 – Saturday 22nd October 2016

chant-300St. Thomas’s Church, Burgate Canterbury CT1 2HJ 9.45 for 10.00 – 12.00
A relaxed morning of easy Gregorian Chant for complete beginners with Helen Nattrass. At the end of the morning you will be able to sing the Angelus before midday Mass. We will look at chant notation and learn the few easy rules needed to follow it. There will be some sympathetic coaching on how to sing this lovely music which is accessible to all. You need not be an accomplished musician or a polished singer – all are welcome.
Cost £3.00 on the door – includes light refreshments, handouts and music
Umbrella Event for Canterbury Festival

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