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
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mildredSaturday 29th October 2016 1pm
St Mildred’s Church, Church Street, Canterbury, CT1 2PP
A one-hour concert of chant, organ and readings connected with Saints who lived in or near Canterbury.
Tickets £7.50 from

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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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We sing for the relic of St. Thomas from Esztergom, Hungary

During the last week of May a relic of St. Thomas of Canterbury was brought from Esztergom in Hungary to England. The relic was carried on a pilgrimage starting in Westminster and ending at Canterbury Cathedral.

CGMS waits to sing for St Thomas's relic

CGMS waits to sing for St Thomas’s relic

We had a last-minute opportunity to sing some chant to honour this relic. On the sunny afternoon of Saturday 28th May, we gathered at the Church of St. Michael and All Angels at Harbledown to set the pilgrimage procession away on its last leg.

The relic passes St. Thomas's Hospital on its way to the Cathedral

The relic passes St. Thomas’s Hospital on its way to the Cathedral

We sang ‘Felix locus’, the antiphon which says ‘Happy the place, happy the church where the memory of Thomas is cherished.’ After this the procession advanced forward. We joined in, walking all the way to the Cathedral. We attended the Service of Welcome where the Dean and the Bishop of Dover presided. After the service the relic was carried down to the altar of Our Lady Undercroft in the crypt. We followed and we were able to sing our antiphon again. It felt poignant to sing this in the Cathedral so close to where Thomas was murdered.
Photos by Marie Muscat-King:
St. Thomas's relic on the altar of Our Lady Undercroft in Canterbury Cathedral

St. Thomas’s relic on the altar of Our Lady Undercroft in Canterbury Cathedral

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Saturday 09/07/16: 12.00-12.15 ‘Angelus, Ave and Salve’
St. Peter’s Anglican Church, High Street, Canterbury CT1 2AT
rehearsal 11.15 to sing at 12 (Canterbury Mediaeval Day)
Saturday 23/07/16: 14.00-18.30, Chant afternoon at Minster Abbey near Ramsgate
Saturday 22/10/16: 10.00-12.00 ‘Gregorian 101’ taster morning for beginners at St. Thomas’s Church, Canterbury (Canterbury Festival ‘umbrella’ event)
Saturday 29/10/16: 13.00-14.00 ‘Chant for the Canterbury Saints’, 1-hour concert with organ alternatim and readings. St. Mildred’s Church, Canterbury
(Canterbury Festival event)
Sometimes we get short-notice opportunities to sing. If you would like to know more about these events and be on our mailing list for news and ‘scramble! scramble!’ opportunities, contact Jonathan Butchers:

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Souvenir: Felix Locus – Canterbury Cathedral

Our concert ‘Felix Locus’ with the Victoria Consort was a sell-out. Dr. Mark Bateson introduced the concert, placing the music in context with events connected to Magna Carta and the life of St. Thomas of Canterbury. The Victoria Consort was directed by guest conductor Christopher Watson. They sang the motets for St. Thomas with grace and authentic emotion._DSC3851 Our own contribution included the Sequence ‘Veni Sancte Spiritus’ honouring Archbishop Stephen Langton, and the chant ‘Felix Locus’ with the Magnificat honouring St. Thomas. The Victoria Consort sang alternate verses of the Magnificat in organum, giving a rich and sonorous colour to the canticle verses. The motets and chant rang authentically in the romanesque surroundings of Lanfranc’s Cathedral, St. Mary Undercroft in the crypt. It was a memorable event for all of us and a joy to sing with the Victoria Consort.
Photo: Marie Muscat-King
Victoria Consort:

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St. Thomas of Canterbury - window from Canterbury Cathedral

St. Thomas of Canterbury – window from Canterbury Cathedral

Friday 23rd October at 7.30 in Canterbury Cathedral Crypt
CGMS with The Victoria Consort
Guest Conductor
Christopher Watson

Mark Bateson and Philippa Jevons

We present a programme of Chant and Polyphony linked to Magna Carta, Archbishop Stephen Langton and St. Thomas of Canterbury. The 1-hour concert takes place in the Crypt of Canterbury Cathedral, a location contemporaneous with the events and characters evoked in our music. CGMS sings chants honouring St. Thomas of Canterbury. The Victoria Consort embellishes this with polyphony from the Middle Ages referring to the life and works of St. Thomas. Narrators Mark Bateson and Philippa Jevons give some context to the links between music and events and celebrate the legacy of Magna Carta. Tickets £20 from Canterbury Festival Box Office

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