73-pilgern-15Saturday 25th July 2015 2pm-6.30pm Minster Abbey, Minster,

This year our visit to Minster Abbey falls on the feast of St. James, whose shrine in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela has been a principal destination for pilgrims for centuries. We hear about the older traditions of Pilgrimage and some narrative on the modern pilgrim from Jonathan Butchers, one of our members who has walked from his own front door in Canterbury to this shrine. We will find out about music associated with pilgrimages over the ages. Our generous break will give time for friendly conversation, tea-drinking, eating the cakes and an opportunity to look round the Abbey. Following this some coaching from Mother Nikola will prepare us to join the Community to sing Vespers at 6pm.
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.
This event is FREE for members, £5 for non-members
Includes, music, hand-outs, tea and cakes.
Please contact to register for this event.

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Magna-carta-imageSaturday 13th June 2015
We will be singing ‘The Angelus, the Ave and the Salve’ for St.Thomas Becket in the Eastbridge Hospital, High Street, Canterbury CT1 2BD at 2pm and 3pm. This service lasts about 10 minutes. This event is free of charge. For anyone wishing to join in our group, we will be rehearsing at St. Thomas’s Church, Burgate, CT1 2HJ at 12.30. The music is approachable to learn.

MONDAY 15th JUNE at 7pm – Archbishop’s Palace, Maidstone, ME15 6YE
A tribute to Magna Carta featuring contemporary folk music, poetry and gregorian chant. Our contribution will form the second half of the concert. We will sing music connected to Archbishop Stephen Langton and St.Thomas Becket, concluding with a short version of Compline. We finish the event by singing the Solemn Salve close to Magna Carta. Rehearsal will be at 5.30 in the Archbishop’s Palace. Tickets are £7.50 and include wine at the interval.
To book, telephone 03000 414404 or email

For more information about the Canterbury trail day, ‘Singing Justice and Injustice’ and other local events look at this link:

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GREGORIAN 101 in Canterbury

chant-300SATURDAY 18th April 10.00-11.30
St. Thomas’s Church, Burgate Canterbury CT1 2HJ. A taster session for beginners, plenty of singing beautiful music, looking at how to read the neumes, a bit about Latin pronunciation and so on. We will learn some things which will be in our forthcoming MAGNA CARTA events in June.
This is a free event, but we ask that you register with, so we have enough music copies ready. Refreshments available from 9.45.

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A morning in Canterbury Cathedral looking at vestments

New Chairman David Broadbridge tries out vestments in Canterbury Cathedral

New Chairman David Broadbridge tries out vestments in Canterbury Cathedral

Last Saturday we had a really interesting morning in Canterbury Cathedral with Assistant Vesturer Sally Such showing us some of the glorious vestments the Clergy use on both ordinary and special occasions. At our subsequent AGM David Broadbridge became Chairman. Here he is modelling a lovely green chasuble. It was great to have another one of our Members, Susan, with us who also helps with repairing/altering the Cathedral’s liturgical garments. She says most of her work is sewing up holes in pockets! We looked at a number examples with gold thread on them. Susan told us about the practicalities of sewing gold thread. You have to ‘couch’ it, i.e. keep it in place by stitching it to the surface of the fabric with ordinary thread. You cannot actually sew through the fabric with gold thread. We saw some fantastic examples of design and embroidery. Many thanks to Sally Such and Christopher Crooks, the Cathedral Vesturer, for hosting our visit.

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Great Vespers for Schola Augustini in Ramsgate

Rehearsing on Saturday morning with Thomas Neal at the helmSchola Augustini

The Schola after Vespers and Benediction on Sunday with Rev.Marcus HoldenSchola Augustini 2

An enthusiastic crowd gathered on the morning of Saturday 24th January; the bright sunlight in contrast to the bitter cold. The Schola Augustini practice had attracted people from nearby Ramsgate and as far away as Canterbury and Faversham. Thomas Neal, the Director of Music at St. Augustine’s Abbey, took us through the chant for Vespers and Benediction with good-humoured discipline and plenty of explanation and encouragement. The following afternoon a good proportion of Saturday’s singers reappeared for a final practice and the service itself. Our singing went really well. The monstrance glinting in the darkness and the clouds of incense caught wafting in the candle-light lent a most particular atmosphere to the occasion. This service will occur on the fourth Sunday of the month, rehearse at 4pm for Vespers & Benediction at 5pm at St. Augustine’s Abbey, Ramsgate.

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Schola Augustini – Monthly Vespers at St.Augustine’s Abbey, Ramsgate

A Schola is being formed to sing Vespers on the third Sunday of each month at the Shrine of St. Augustine in Ramsgate. CGMS members and others interested are invited to join in a workshop at St. Augustine’s Church, St. Augustine’s Road, Ramsgate CT11 9PA on Saturday 24th January 9.30-11.45 in the church to rehearse psalms, hymn and other chants for Vespers. For the actual Service on Sunday 25th January, meet in the Church at 4pm for Vespers at 5pm. The music for Vespers does not change very much, so once learned there is very little unfamiliar music to add as the year progresses.
For further details or queries please contact the Director of Music at St. Augustine’s, Thomas Neal:
email- Thomas.Neal(AT) replace the (AT) with @ to send an email.

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Saturday 18th October 10.00-11.45
MAGNIFICAT ALTERNATIM – a morning workshop
St Mildred’s Church, Church Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2PP
with Tim Roberts (organ) and Mother Nikola Proksch (chant)
This mini-workshop will prepare a Magnificat in the alternatim style, where the organ plays over some verses and the rest are chanted. We will use a 12th century English Magnificat Antiphon for St. Mildred to introduce the ‘Magnificat on the 1st Tone’ by Jean Titelouze, the 17th century French organist who worked at Rouen. Tim Roberts is a keyboard player with vast experience of performing repertoire of this era. He will begin the workshop with a talk about alternatim settings. Mother Nikola is Prioress of the Benedictine Foundation at Minster Abbey near Ramsgate and a knowledgeable practitioner of Gregorian Chant. She and Helen Nattrass have worked together on the transcription of the Antiphon for St. Mildred from its original source. Mother Nikola will coach us on the chant for the antiphon and the Magnificat verses. We hope to sing this as the central jewel in our 12 o’clock ‘Angelus’ Service.
The music is very approachable and beginners are welcome.
Cost: CGMS Members free
Non-members £5 (on the door).Includes music, hand-outs and refreshments
Refreshments available from 09.45

Saturday 18th October 12.00
St Mildred’s Church, Church Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2PP
Tim Roberts – organ
Mother Nikola Proksch – Chant Director
Includes ‘Magnificat on the 1st Tone’ by Jean Titelouze
Service lasts about 15 minutes – free of charge

Saturday 25th October 12.00
St. Paul’s Church, Church Street (St. Paul’s), Canterbury CT1 1NH
Gerard Ahern – organ
Includes ‘Early English Magnificat’ Anon (16th century)
Come and rehearse with us at 11.00 or just listen at 12.00.
Service lasts about 15 minutes – free of charge for rehearsal and service

Saturday 1st November 12.00
St. Dunstan’s Church, London Road, Canterbury CT2 8LS
Ben Scott – organ
Includes ‘Magnificat on the 1st Tone’ by Antonio Cabezon
Come and rehearse with us at 11.00 or just listen at 12.00.
Service lasts about 15 minutes – free of charge for rehearsal and service

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