We are holding a workshop day on the First Vespers of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary from English Mediaeval sources. The music has been drawn from the Worcester Antiphoner and is believed to have originated in pre-conquest Saxon times. The Hereford Breviary has informed the order of service. Contemporaneous English sources have been used to complete the order of service. The day will be led by Philip Duffy of the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge. It will include talks about the sources and context of the music. Whilst some of the chants will suit more confident singers, much of the music is extremely approachable for beginners. We intend to run parallel sessions for beginners so that everyone will feel confident in joining in the Vespers Service which concludes the day at 5pm.
The Day of Chant will take place at St. Thomas’s Church, Burgate, Canterbury, CT1 2HJ. There is excellent access for the disabled.
Cost includes all music, handouts and refreshments, but not lunch.
£15 for CGMS Members, £25 for non-members
Application form below.