Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Seminar on the St Magnus liturgy - Tuesday 17 November

From the Centre for Nordic Studies website:
Dr Ben Whitworth: 'Rhymes in honour of St Magnus: an echo of medieval Orkney?'
When Nov 17, 2015
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
This seminar will be held at Orkney College. Free entry. All welcome.

Please come!

Friday, 14 August 2015

ALL at Buckfast Abbey

I'm off to this event next week. Should be interesting!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

The Mighty Spirit: forthcoming chant study day

For readers fae the sooth:

"The Mighty Spirit: The Vigil Mass of Pentecost - A New Approach to Singing the Mass"
When: Saturday 23 May, 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Where: St Mary's and St John's Catholic Church, Snowhill, Wolverhampton WV2 4AD
Celebrant: Fr Guy Nicholls, Cong. Orat.
Speakers: Fr Guy Nicholls, Cong. Orat. and Wilfrid Jones

Talks, chant class, and question time. Bring-and-share lunch; soup and hot drinks provided.

Please email the John Henry Newman Institute of Liturgical Music to reserve a place.

Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. This will be a fully sung Mass of the Vigil of Pentecost, with the full complement of readings and Tracts. Music will be partly in Latin and partly in English, and participants will be introduced to the Graduale Parvum. This is a collection of the Proper liturgical texts set to simple but authentic Gregorian melodies, begun by the late Professor László Dobszay, and currently being brought to completion by the Association for Latin Liturgy.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Interesting event in March

Readers of this blog who are able to be in London on 14 March will find this an interesting event:
the 2015 meeting of the Gregorian Chant Network, with speakers Daniel Saulnier and Giovanni Varelli.

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.

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.