Gregorian Chant Hymns Web Site
Julia Jones has recently become a trustee of the Schola, and suggested we should reproduce this article which she wrote a little while ago about the Gregorian Chant Hymns web site.
Ealing Abbey Lay Plainchant Choir
Singers living within reach of Ealing Abbey are fortunate in having as their choir director the Reverend Dom Peter Burns, OSB. The choir meets for rehearsals on Wednesday evenings and sings the Mass from the Gregorian Sunday Missal one Sunday every month in the Abbey Church as well as on other occasions. The choir is an Associate member of the Schola; members participate in Schola events, and occasionally have the benefit of a workshop directed by Christopher Hodkinson.
Young Catholic Adults and Schola Gregoriana Retreat
For some years Associates of the Schola have been joining with the YCA on a weekend retreat, usually in the autumn at Douai Abbey. The YCA is a group which promotes the spirit of orthodoxy with charity; it has a deliberately non-divisive outlook, and uses the Church’s devotional heritage in order to aid souls. It promotes celebration of Masses in the Extraordinary Form, Adoration, the Rosary, and other devotions. The YCA aims to promote a spirit of beauty and reverence in the Sacred Liturgy. This aim accords with the similar aim of the Schola to proclaim the word of God through the divinely inspired music of the chant. At these retreats the Schola leads the singing at Mass and the daily Offices, and encourages YCA members to join in rehearsals. The lecture programmes of the YCA and Schola rehearsals are linked and timed to allow members of either organisation to attend both. Each day ends with a social gathering at which old friendships are renewed and new ones made.
First Vespers of St Kentigern, or Mungo, 12th Jan 2017
At Glasgow Cathedral, 5:30pm on Thursday 12th January. For further details, please see the PDF poster.
Gregorian Chant Instruction
Directed by Dr. Peter Wilton, B.Ed (Hons.) M.Mus (Editor of chant for the Office of Vespers for Westminster Cathedral Choir)
Young Catholics at Douai, 28th - 30th October
The Schola will as in previous years provide support (chant) to the Young Catholics Association from the afternoon of 28th October until Sunday 30th October at Douai Abbey (near Reading). The programme will be set once we have an idea of numbers. At this stage I need either firm intentions or expressions of interest.
Gregorian Chant Day, Saturday 17 September 2016, St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich
Come along and experience the beauty of Gregorian Chant, and how this treasure of our musical heritage can be incorporated into our modern liturgy. Working with the Association for Latin Liturgy and the Diocese of East Anglia Office for Sacred Music, the day is open to choir members, organists, music leaders and clergy; anyone who wants to learn more about the ancient music of the Church.
St. Stephen’s House, Oxford
Owing to the very small number of prospective participants, the Trustees of the Schola have reluctantly decided to call off the gathering at the end of August this year.
Trinity College, Cambridge, Monday 6th June
Participants gathered at the magnificent Wren Library, designed by Sir Christopher Wren to give as much light as possible to readers via the great windows overlooking The Backs. We were greeted by the Librarian, Dr. Nicolas Bell, whom many of us remember talking on Cluniac monasticism at the Lewes weekend. Nicolas's profound knowledge of mediaeval music manuscripts became apparent when he showed us a number of the Library's treasured mss., including that containing the Vespers composed for St. Edmund of Canterbury, Archbishop and Confessor, which we were to sing in the chapel that afternoon.
Trinity College, Cambridge, Monday 6th June 2016
Nicolas Bell, whom many of you will remember giving us a talk on Cluniac monasticism at Lewes Priory, has kindly offered to show Associates original mediaeval music manuscripts including an Office for St. Edmund of Canterbury. He will be demonstrating these manuscripts in the magnificent surroundings of the Wren Library where he is now Librarian.
Ealing Abbey Gregorian Chant Workshop
Ealing Abbey Lay Plain Chant Choir are organising a Chant Workshop to be held on Saturday 7th May with a view to singing the chants for the 12:00 noon Mass (Ordinary Form) on Ascension Sunday (8th May).
Workshop in Askrigg, Upper Wensleydale
The fourth Gregorian Chant Workshop will be held on May 7th 2016 in St Oswald's Church, Askrigg, North Yorkshire. Askrigg is a small village in Upper Wensleydale still famous for being the location for the TV programme 'All Creatures Great and Small'.
Chant Workshops 2015-16
John Rowlands-Pritchard will be teaching several chant workshops in a variety of places over the next few months, and also one residential course in April. Here is a summary; for full details and updates, please see the Opus Anglicanum web site, or contact John, whose address appears in the first item.
Instruction Day at Hedsor, Saturday 9th April 2016
Chant instruction day directed by Dr. Peter Wilton, ending with Evensong. Tea and coffee provided; bring your own lunch. Cost £15. Book with Ruby Lunn, 01628 522721.
London Chant Evenings, Farm Street Church
The Feast of Christ the King is upon us, and after two Tuesday evenings in Advent the autumn term will end with a party at 26 The Grove, Ealing, when Peter Wilton traditionally guides us through one of the Great ‘O’ Antiphons as part of an Office sung before supper.
SIGNING OFF – a message from your recently retired ex-Director
It is hard to believe, looking back, that my association with Schola goes back nearly 33 years – I don’t even feel that old inside (though progressively more so on the outside!), let alone find it credible that my memories can extend that far – to 1981, when I first received an invitation from Mary to join a project she had in hand to give an afternoon concert in Ghent of chant and associated pieces for the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, 14th September, the day of the concert itself.
From the New Director
There are rare moments in life when we are privileged to see the world not merely as it is, but as it could be.
‘Gaudeamus Omnes in Domino’ at Ealing Abbey
Eagerly awaited and meticulously planned, a Gregorian Chant Workshop was held at Ealing Abbey over the weekend of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 15th and 16th August 2015. Members of the Ealing Abbey Lay Plain Chant Choir were joined by several visitors from other parishes in a comprehensive programme of preparation for the mass under the excellent leadership of Christopher Hodkinson, Director of the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge.
Chant Evenings at Farm Street Church
The Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge is running chant evenings at the Farm Street Church, 114 Mount Street, London W1 at 6.30 pm each Tuesday from 22nd September to 8th December 2015.
Young Catholics and the Chant
Young Catholic Adults are holding their National Weekend at Aylesford Priory from Saturday 31 October to Sunday 1 November. As in previous years, the Schola will provide a programme of talks and tuition to enable participants to sing at the solemn Masses. To do so successfully, we need a nucleus of more experienced singers to support the choir. We are looking for Associates to come and help fulfil one of the most important of our aims, to pass the Church's musical heritage on to young Catholics. Please use the contact form, and we will provide all the necessary information. Associates will be expected to pay for their own travel and accommodation, but not for tuition or music. As with previous such events, it promises to be a very interesting and engaging weekend.
Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge at Quarr
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014, was a special day in the life of the Benedictine community of Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight. After ten years of, often, laborious work, the Heritage Lottery funded development project was brought to completion with the solemn blessing of the new Visitors Centre by the Right Reverend Philip Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth. A festive meal followed the ceremony but to conclude a day of celebration, Dom Xavier Perrin, Prior of our community had invited the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge to provide a concert of sacred music. The monasteries of Medieval Europe were places where sacred music found an early home and a concert was to express something of the spiritual vitality and creativity which lies at the heart of every monastery and its mission.
Mary Berry by John Rowlands-Pritchard
John Rowlands-Pritchard has just posted a personal memory of Mary on his Opus Anglicanum blog. Anybody here who has not already seen it might like to follow that link to read the full article!
Active Involvement in the Chant!
Sing from the Graduale Parvum at the Association for Latin Liturgy’s two-day summer school at Buckfast Abbey this summer:
Chant Workshop - Ealing
If you are able to display a printed poster, you can download a PDF to print from http://www.scholagregoriana.org/media/ealing2015pdf
Askrigg Chant Workshop 25th April, 2015
We have two reports on this event!
Solemn Requiem for Richard III - 13th June 2015
Mass will be celebrated in the usus antiquorior, and the celebrant will be Fr Guy Nicholls Cong.Orat. The music will include plainsong, English fifteenth-century polyphony and a new motet in honour of the king.
International Gregorian Festival of Watou 2015
The following is the text of an email we received recently. It is reproduced here in case it is of interest to anyone in the Schola, and because the organisers invited redistribution of it!
Young Catholic Adults’ Retreat, Douai Abbey, 2014
From Friday 19th September until after lunch on Sunday 21st a small group of Associates joined the Young Catholic Adults on their annual retreat at Douai. It was a pleasure to renew old acquaintances and enjoy a social gathering each evening with these eager young Catholics keen to explore all aspects of their faith. The theme for this weekend was True Conversion of the Soul, thoughtful talks and discussion being led by scholarly speakers, among whom I recognised Fr. Gregory Pearson, whom we had first met at a Schola weekend at Aylesford Priory, well before his ordination, instructing servers in the ceremonies of the Dominican rite Mass.
Residential Chant Course - Benslow Music
John Rowlands-Pritchard will be leading this course, which runs from Monday 27 to Thursday 30 April 2015 at Benslow Music, Hitchin, SG4 9RB.
Workshop in Askrigg, Upper Wensleydale
The third Gregorian Chant Workshop will take place on April 25th, 2015, from 10.00am to 4.00pm culminating with the service of Vespers. The workshop will take place, as usual, in the 15th century church of St Oswald's & be directed by Philip Duffy.
Chant Evenings at Farm Street Church
The Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge is running chant evenings at the Farm Street Church, 114 Mount Street, London W1 at 6.30 pm each Tuesday from 13th January to 24th March 2015.
Gregorian Chant Network Meeting - 14 March 2015
There will be a meeting of the Gregorian Chant Network on Saturday 14th March 2015 at the London Oratory. Please see the post on the GCN blog for more details.