Monday, 1 December 2014

Saga and Song

Ernest Marwick taped the following programme when it was broadcast on Radio 3 in 1972: Saga and Song, presented by Dr John Bergsagel. I don't suppose anyone else has a recording of it! It featured the St Magnus hymn, Nobilis humilis, performed by Czechoslovakian singers accompanied on medieval instruments.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Monday, 6 October 2014

Watou 2015

The International Gregorian Festival of Watou in May 2015 has the most amazing programme. Thirty-odd scholas are taking part - but none from the UK. The festival takes place every three years. Who fancies a trip to Belgium in 2018?

Friday, 22 August 2014

Evening class: Discovering Hymns

Ever wanted to know more about your favourite hymns? This course looks at the history of Christian hymns, exploring their musical, literary and theological qualities and uncovering the stories behind their creation. This course equips students with a more informed and critical view of hymns without taking away their pleasure in singing them. Learn a lot and have fun!

Tutor: Dr Ben Whitworth
Venue: Kirkwall Grammar School
Wednesdays from 24th September
8 meetings
7.00-9.00 p.m.
Course fee: £56
Max: 20 students

Please enrol by Friday 29 August: click here for further details.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Gregorian Chant Hymns

This new website created by the Schola Sanctae Scholasticae is a tremendous resource for learning the hymns and other devotional chants of the Latin plainsong tradition.

One example - the Regina coeli - will suffice to show how useful this site could be.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Angela Chiochetti sings "Panis Angelicus" in the Chapel her father decorated


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

I didn't anticipate that!

I just worked my way through the rather complicated rubrics governing the occurrence of feast days around Holy Week in the Use of Nidaros, and it transpires that anyone following that august and venerable Use should this year be transferring the Feast of St Magnus, by anticipation, to ... TODAY! Happy Feast!



(In the Roman Rite, the Feast will be transferred to Monday 28 April.)

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Lenten chants

From the Parish Book of Chant.

The prose Attende Domine (p. 141):


The antiphon Parce Domine with strophic verses (p. 142):


The sequence Stabat Mater, in the tone usually used at Stations of the Cross (p. 143):


The Marian antiphon Ave Regina caelorum (simple tone) (p. 120):

Monday, 9 December 2013

Advent chants

The hymn Conditor alme siderum:


The hymn Veni, veni Emmanuel:


The prose Rorate caeli desuper:


The Marian anthem Alma redemptoris mater in its simple tone:


Or, for the more ambitious, in its solemn tone: