Gregorian Chant Workshop

Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution,

Pond Square,

London N6 6BS

First of two Singing Saturday Workshops.  Saturday October 29 2022 10.15-4.15. All welcome  – no need to be able to read music. You will be introduced to Gregorian chant in the square-note, four-line stave, notation which derives from the earliest manuscripts.

Come and unlock the musical mysteries of Gregorian chant with Iain Simcock as the director. We are privileged that Iain will lead our workshop. Amongst several high profile posts in the UK and France as an organist and vocal director he has been Sub Master of Music at  Westminster Cathedral, played the organ for the BBC including at the Proms  and in 2000 he was appointed Musical Director of   L’Academie Vocale de Paris. He is currently director of the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge.

The Schola aims to promote the teaching and singing of Gregorian chant and, whenever possible, to foster its study and research.The sung liturgical music of Western Christianity, known since the time of the Carolingian Empire as ‘Gregorian Chant’, represents an unbroken tradition of two thousand years of authentic Christian song. The chants, full of beauty and variety, with a deep spiritual content, have been composed throughout the centuries and contain music special to many regions, while the Psalmody reaches back to ancient Jewish tradition. You will discover the profound beauty and infinite variety of this timeless music by learning to sing it. Singers of all abilities welcome.

Registration will begin at 10.15 with coffee. Music will be provided for you to keep. There will be 3 working sessions with a break for lunch. The day will end at 4.15 with the singing of Vespers at 3.30 to which you are welcome to invite friends and family, space permitting.

To book:

Members: £50. Non-members: £60 (includes coffee/tea)
Concessions:  £10 (call the office 020 8340 3343)