19 April 2018

Schola Gregoriana chant training in London


Schola Gregoriana
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)
Discover the profound beauty and infinite variety of this timeless music by learning to sing it.
From 6.30 (after end of Mass) to 8 pm.    Mondays  23rd April,
21st May, 4th and 18th June and 2nd July  2018
At  St. James’s,  Spanish Place,    George Street,  London,  W1
(nearest tube station:  Bond Street)

Study will include square notation, pre-stave neumes, interpretation, music for the Mass, daily offices, music for special occasions, psalmody and texts in different languages.

Anyone able to sing in tune is welcome, with or without chant experience.
Cost:  £5 per evening
Enquiries to Mr. Grey Macartney,  26 The Grove, Ealing, W5 5LH
Tel:  020 8840 5832            E-mails:  grey.macartney@gmail.com

09 April 2018

Successful Chant Training Weekend

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This year's Chant Weekend was led by Chris Hodkinson of the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge, and Matthew Ward of Mayfield School. It is sponsored by the Latin Mass Society.

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Some of the more experienced singers were able to practice conducting, and took it in turns to conduct in the final Mass of the weekend.

28 March 2018

GCN Chant weekend 2018 update

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The Gregorian Chant Network's annual Chant Training Weekend will take place in the Oratory School, near Reading, 6-8th April.

There is a change of tutors to announce: sadly Fr Guy Nichols, who was one of the two tutors last year, can't make it. Instead we will be joined by Matthew Ward, who is Director of Music at Mayfield School.

Full details of the course, and booking, is here.

26 February 2018

Belgium chant festical, 9-13th May

Discover the program and the brand new website of the International Gregorian Festival of Watou 2018 (Belgium)
Dear,
Four hundred fresh, young and for the greater part professionally trained voices revive centuries-old music and texts grandiosely during the International Gregorian Festival of Watou, Belgium.
It is going to be a sparkling and universal event in which 27 scholas and top ensembles from every corner in the world, from Columbia to Australia will take part. Vocal virtuosity is trumps. A large number of participating scholas are professional or semi-professional , which stands for the highest quality level and renewed radiation. Five youth choirs will create an atmosphere of admiration and tenderness.
The Gregorian Festival, organized every three years, evolved in the course of the years to the most important festival in the world for this kind of music. It enjoys an international reputation, and is a unique event.
The central program takes place at Watou, from Wednesday 9 tot Sunday 13 May 2018. The pre-ouvertures at Houtkerque (France), Grimbergen, Poperinge, Koksijde, Antwerp, Brussels, Dunkirk (France), Wervik and Haringhe provide a substantial foretaste from Friday 4th May onwards.
Encounter, heartiness and an atmosphere of happiness and friendship form a harmonious unity during this ten day long festival, together with the heavenly voices, the musicality and the breathtaking mysticism, so typical of Gregorian chant.
With a lot of pride and enthusiasm, we are delighted to show you our completely redesigned website: www.festivalwatou.be. We opted for a contemporary design (available in three languages), where all information about the Festival can be found.
Click to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Best regards.
Bernard Deheegher
Festival Watou
www.festivalwatou.be
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14 January 2018

GCN Chant Weekend 2018

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The Chant Weekend will take place this year from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th April, at the Oratory School near Reading (click for a map)

Led by Christopher Hodkinson and Fr Guy Nicholls Cong. Orat.

The Chant weekend, which returned to the Oratory School in 2017 after a break, was a great success with increased numbers. There is plenty of room in the Oratory School, the prices have been frozen, so we can continue to grow!


Registration 4 to 4.45pm on Friday; late Registrations 7-7.30pm
The Course ends with Sung Mass at 11.30am followed by lunch on Sunday.

Prices:
LMS members: £10 discount
£195 per person
£120 each for 2 people from the same choir or schola
£90 each for 3 or more people from the same choir or schola

Scholas must be registered with the Gregorian Chant Network: there's no fee for this, just email info@lms.org.uk for an application form.

Book online here.

13 January 2018

Schola Gregoriana training in St James' Spanish Place, London

Schola Gregoriana
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)
Discover the profound beauty and infinite variety of this timeless music by learning to sing it.
From 6.30 (after end of Mass) to 8 pm.    Mondays  15th  and
29th January,  12th and 26th  February, and 12th and 25th March
2018
At  St. James’s,  Spanish Place,    George Street,  London,  W1
(nearest tube station:  Bond Street)

06 January 2018

Early Polyphony Study Day in Oxford, 20th Jan

PMMS Study Day
Polyphonic Music of the Late Middle Ages from England and the Continent. Sources, Context and Court Culture


Magdalen College, Oxford - Saturday, 20th January 2018

The 2018 PMMS study day accompanies the exhibition “Fragments of note: the afterlives of medieval manuscripts” at Magdalen College, Oxford, which examines the numerous medieval manuscript fragments held at Magdalen, largely medieval books that have been dismantled in the early modern period and re-used as binding waste or covers. The main exhibition focuses on fragments featuring musical notation and is complemented by a selection of contemporary watercolour, collage, and paper-pulp relief works by fine artist Janet Boulton.

03 October 2017

Schola Gregoriana Gregorian Chant Instruction, London

New dates: up to November

Directed by Dr. Peter Wilton, B.Ed (Hons.)  M.Mus
(Editor of chant for the Office of Vespers for Westminster Cathedral Choir)

Discover the profound beauty and infinite variety of this timeless music by learning to sing it.

From 6.30 (after end of Mass) to 8 pm, Mondays 25th September, 9th, 23rd October, 13th and 27th November

At  St. James’s Spanish Place, George Street,  London,  W1U 3QY
(nearest tube station:  Bond Street; click here for a map)


18th December 7 pm:  Party at 26 The Grove, Ealing, W5 5LH

Study will include square notation, pre-stave neumes, interpretation, music for the Mass, daily offices, music for special occasions, psalmody and texts in different languages.

Anyone able to sing in tune is welcome, with or without chant experience.

Cost:  £5 per evening

Enquiries to Mr. Grey Macartney,  26 The Grove, Ealing, W5 5LH

Tel:  020 8840 5832            E-mails:  grey.macartney@gmail.com

26 June 2017

Chant Course in Oxford, 11-13 August

SING GREGORIAN CHANT in the Liturgy SCHOLA GREGORIANA

Friday 11th - Sunday 13th August 2017

A weekend of enchanting melody and traditional liturgy in the beautiful surroundings of St.Stephen’s House, Oxford, to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the Founder of the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge, Dr. Mary Berry (1917-2008), and to explore her legacy

Directors: Christopher Hodkinson, Philip Duffy and Fr. Guy Nicholls

The programme includes:

Study of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary and celebration of all eight hours of the Office

29 April 2017

New book: Gradual, by Berkely and Scotland


From the Moretus Gradual, 1598
I've just purchased a read an intriguing, short book on the restoration of rare, late-16th century printed Gradual: a collection of chants for the Church's liturgical year. The Gradual in question was beautifully printed in the Spanish Netherlands, using hand-copied monastic chant books as its sources.

The chant notation (shown, left) looks very like that used in the editions most singers use today, though it used five staves and lacks some of the specialised note-shapes (singers will note that there don't seem to be any quilismas or liquescents). Again, it (obviously) doesn't include the editorial marks added by the monks of Solesmes to most modern editions.

Although the melodies are somewhat different from the ones used today, which have been restored by reference to the oldest available manuscripts, they are quite different from the simplified and clunkily-printed chant used immediately before the Solesmes-influenced 1907 Graduale Romanum, upon which later editions have been based, exemplified by the 1870 Pustet edition shown below.

06 February 2017

Chant Weekend 2017

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At last's year's course, Colin Mawby discussing organ accompanyment.
Gregorian Chant Network Chant Training Weekend:
Led by Christopher Hodkinson and Fr Guy Nichols Cong. Orat.

Friday 31st March to Sunday 2nd April 2017, The Oratory School, nr. Reading, RG8 0PJ
Registration from 4 to 4.45pmlate Registrations 7-7.30
Course ends with lunch on Sunday. 

An intensive chant course running alongside the Catherine's Trust Family Retreat (led this year by Fr Serafino Lanzetta). Singers will be prepared to participate in the liturgies of the Retreat, including Mass Ordinaries and Propers, Chants for Benediction and the Office, as well as discussing chant interpretation and history. All liturgies are according to the usus antiquior (the Traditional Mass). With two chant tutors, the group can be split for some purposes into more and less experienced, so everyone can get the most out of it.

Large discounts available for groups coming from choirs and scholas affiliated to the Gregorian Chant Network: see overleaf.

Fees
LMS members: £10 discount
£195 per person
£120 each for 2 people from the same choir or schola
£90 each for 3 or more people from the same choir or schola
   
Download an application form or book online: www.stcatherinestrust.org

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Outside procession at last year's Family Retreat and Chant Course.
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01 December 2016

Does anyone want a harmonium?

A (more or less) working harmonium is Holy Trinity Church, Hethe, Oxfordshire is available for anyone who wants it. (Contact details here.)

Contact the parish to see it or collect it.

Holy Trinity is a lovely church, which thanks to an enterprising former Parish Priest has a very interesting 18th century chamber organ (in need of some restoration). For some reason it also has this harmonium, which takes up a good deal of space in the tiny choir loft.

Someone: give it a home!


25 November 2016

Young Catholic Adults Douai Retreat & Schola Gregoriana

Young Catholic Adults and Schola Gregoriana Retreat
Douai Abbey  28th to 30th October

          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.
          At the outset Christopher Hodkinson distributed music books covering the entire weekend, as usual beautifully prepared with translations alongside the Latin, coupled with full rubrics. On the Friday evening we sang Compline of the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude, ending with a Procession and Aspersion with Holy Water during the singing of the solemn Salve Regina.  Next morning we sang the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday (EF) at a High Mass in the parish church according to the Roman rite. Later in the morning rain curtailed the Marian Procession in the Abbey grounds in honour of Our Lady of Fatima. That evening we sang First Vespers of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King, and after supper Compline in the Abbey Church sung with the Community.  On Sunday morning the Missa Cantata for the same Feast was celebrated in the parish church by Fr. Thomas Crean, the Chaplain to the YCA, according to the Dominican rite.
          Douai Abbey is a splendid venue for these very successful retreats.  Food and accommodation are excellent, and participants benefit from the peaceful atmosphere of the Abbey and the beautiful surrounding country. Everyone left hoping for a repeat visit next year.

Grey Macartney

29 October 2016

Altare Dei: a new magazine on Catholic liturgy



This is a new venture which I am pleased to bring to the attention of my readers. The first edition of this magazine includes both an intereview wuith and music by Colin Mawby, one of the Latin Mass Society's Patrons. You can buy and download it here.

1) Altare Dei will present in English featured articles not only from people in the anglosaxon world, but also from Europe, theologians and liturgists that will be translated, sometimes for the first time in English.

2) The cost is around 7 US dollars, but if you consider only the musicla insert will cost much more than that if bought separately.
3) The musical insert has, in this issue 12 pages of music, 6 original pieces from contemporary very good Church composer. Only for that Altare Dei would be a must. 
4) You can download the pdf right away, no shipping fees.

28 October 2016

A ruby anniversary for Mgr Gordon Read

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Monsignor Gordon Read of Brentwood Diocese this year celebrates the 40th anniversary of his priestly ordination. As the National Chaplain of the Latin Mass Society, we made a little presentation to him at our annual get-together of Local Representatives in London.