The Gregorian Chant Group is an informal group meeting on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 to 8.30 to explore the wonderful repertoire of plainchant.
Chant Group Update 29 March
We will continue to prepare for the Tenebrae service on Wednesday 5th April at 7.30pm, starting with the Reproaches from the beginning and completing Part One. Next we’ll learn the remaining middle verses of the Stabat Mater. Here
is a nice recording of this hymn sung by a frozen looking Polish church congregation, with lots of children taking part.
And to finish, our Lenten Marian antiphon, Ave Regina Caelorum and the office Compline hymn for Lent, O Christ who art the Light and Day (NEH 61).
Chant is the ancient traditional music of the Church, and consists of a single melodic line, needing no instrumental accompaniment. Much of the music is as simple as it is beautiful, and is also easy to read even if you have no previous musical experience.
Times, seasons, moments of life and the Church year will provide us with endless opportunities to sing a variety of psalms, antiphons, hymns and canticles in English and Latin.
There are many beautiful and exciting chants for us to sing this year, and here are some of the highlights:
For Candlemas, February 2nd, the Nunc Dimittis in Latin with its special Candlemas antiphon ‘Lumen ad revelationem.’
For the Anunciation on March 25th, Ave Maria, the ancient prayer beloved of Christians for centuries in both East and West.
For Lent, the Lent Prose ‘Attende Domine’ with its penitential lyrics but surprisingly cheerful tune.
Then for Easter, the stunning Medieval sequence ‘Victimae Paschali’ with its wide melodic range and dramatic sung dialogue between Mary and the disciples describing the Resurrection.
And lastly, for Pentecost, one of the best known and most loved gregorian hymns, ‘Veni Creator Spiritus’
The venue is the Parish Hall, on the corner of Angus St and Goodwood Rd. Parking is available in the car park of Holy Cross Church opposite St George’s.
New members most welcome. Please contact Sarah Clay (Director of Music) 0488 133 645 firstname.lastname@example.org