Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Chant & Carols

Well, since the last time I posted anything here, we've created another bit of history. A week ago on Sunday [16th], 4 intrepid chanters went to St Mary's Abbey and sang Vespers, concluding with the 'York' Solemn Salve Regina. We had done this last year, the first time [we believe] it was sung there since the Reformation - almost 500 years ago, only to be told that the monks wouldn't have sung from the place where we did, which was the main ruin. So, this year, we went and sang in the Monastic Choir and can now, quite legitimately, claim that we've sung music written for the Monks of the Abbey in the very place they would have sung it almost 500 years ago!

We now seem to have established a good relationship with the Museum Gardens authorities, so I would think it more likely that we'll return again for more services, maybe even Mass one day, though perhaps when its a bit warmer!

The full choir have now started rehearsing for our annual Carol Service at Bishophill on 18th December. This promises to be just as good as in previous years, so if you're in the York area and are free that evening, do please come along!

The Order of Service can be found here.

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