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.

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More than twenty singers attended, a good showing for this event. It amounted to an enormous choir for the Masses, and a big body of singers to sustain Compline and Vespers.

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Singers attended from the Schola Malverniensis, the LMS Schola of Canning Town, the Schola Abelis of Oxford, the St Bede's Clapham Park choir, and many others.

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This year's weekend fell on Low Sunday weekend: last year's, and next year's, on the weekend before Palm Sunday (in the EF, Passion Sunday). The dates for 2019 will be 5th to 7th April.

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The training runs in parallel to the St Catherine's Trust Family Retreat, and a number of singers had family members attending that. The Retreat provides an audience and a number of 'live' liturgies for the singers to accompany.

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