The chant group meets next on Wednesday 26 February from 7.30 to 8.30 pm in the Parish Hall at St George’s.  The last session of the term will be on 1 April.

The first two chants of the year will centre around Candlemas (2 February)  –  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).

In this week’s chant group we will begin singing the first section of the Gloria from  Missa Primitiva, adding it to the Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei.
Our Psalm is 116 (117), the shortest one in the Psalter, Laudate Dominum Omnes Gentes, with its antiphon Adoremus in Aeternum.

As a slight detour from the Gregorian repertoire, we will sing the earliest known Greek hymn,  ‘O Gladsome Light’ in its versified English form in the Australian Hymn Book.

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.