The chant group starts up again next week on Wednesday 29 January from 7.30 to 8.30 pm in the Parish Hall at St George’s.  The last session of the term will be on 1st April.

The first two chants of the year will centre around Candlemas (February 2nd)  –  the Nunc Dimittis with the ‘Lumen’ antiphon and the Byzantine antiphon Adorna Thalamum, which was introduced into the Roman church in the 7th Century.  We’ll sing a simple version of this in English (Sion adorn your bridal chamber).

Our Psalm will be 121 (122) I lift up my eyes to the hills (tonus irregularis) and we will sing it using different antiphonal and responsorial methods which date back to the earliest Christian practices.

Over the next few weeks we will finish learning the Missa Primitiva, adding the Gloria and Agnus Dei to our Kyrie and Sanctus.  We will look at the medieval practice of adding a drone to a chant which should be fun!

Also this term we will revisit In Manus Tuas and the Salve Regina (solemn).

I hope this all sounds interesting, and I look forward to seeing everyone next week.  New members are very welcome, please contact Sarah Clay on 0488 133 645 or

sarahanneclay@gmail.com

We meet weekly during school terms at 7.30 to 8.30 pm.