Gregorian Chant and the dawn of Polyphony

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Saturday 18th January 2014 10.00-17.30
St Gregory’s Centre, North Holmes Road,
Canterbury CT1 1QU
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. We will look at some gregorian chant melodies, the evidence for the earliest melodic embroidery and have a go at singing some of this repertoire under the expert guidance of Antony Pitts. This music, which is very approachable, will excite us with some of the glorious sounds it creates. The two talks will be given during the day. The first will examine the background to this experimental part-writing, and the second will look at Paris in the 12th and 13th centuries to find the context for the writers and where their music was sung. Two singing sessions will give us the chance to perform it ourselves. The day will conclude with a final sing through of some work we have studied at 5.30pm in
St. Thomas’s Church, Burgate, Canterbury CT1 2HJ.
Cost: CGMS Members £5, Non-members £20
Students free (but you need to apply so we know you are coming)
Includes tea & coffee, music and lecture handouts
(Lunch not included)
Free car parking all day at St Gregorys Centre
More details and application form:
Jonathan Butchers: jonathan.butchers@gmail.com

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