Sunday, 29 March 2009

ISP Problems

You may wonder why you've been diverted here if you clicked on At the moment, there's a problem with the server and the site bandwidth, which I won't go into here, but needless to say, I'm not to happy about! Normal service, I hope, will be resumed as soon as possible...

Friday, 20 March 2009


As those of you who know me will no doubt realise by know, I've become a big fan of Compline, which we sing regularly on Fridays. The original inspiration behind me starting up the Traditional Latin form was hearing the Anglican version in York Minster some years ago. This is sung each Thursday in Lent and occasionally at other times by the excellent Ebor Singers. The format varies from that in the Divine Office, but some of the chants are familiar, albeit in English rather that Latin! There are usually 2 or 3 polyphonic motets too. All in all, a wonderful experience! If any of you are within reach of York on Thursday evenings between now and Holy Week, Compline continues to be sung at the Minster commencing at 9pm. If you would also like to hear Compline chanted from the Traditional Office, then do please come to hear us at Bishophill every Friday at 8.30pm!

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Ushaw again + other plans.

At last! I think we're in a position to finally go ahead with everything as planned with the possible exception of the motet for the final Mass on St George's Day. It's an incredible relief, but just as I was putting the finishing touches to the administration re the musical side of things, I was floored by a very nasty bug which I'm told I'd probably been incubating for some time before, and only when I started to relax a little bit, did it hit me....

Fortunately, I'd no great plans for this weekend other than to sort out an Order of Service for our next venture @ Bishophill other than Friday Compline. If all goes well there, we may chant one or two of the Passions before Compline later this Lent. An extra bit of devotional music/chant never did anyone any harm - but we'll have to learn them first. :-)

Before that we're definitely chanting Saturday Vespers before the 4th Sunday in Lent. Some people would call this 1st Vespers of Laetare Sunday. It matters not, as it's the same thing, just viewed slightly differently!

After Ushaw, we're then back on the road again with services in Halifax on 23rd May, Middlesbrough on 27th June and the 6th Annual Founders-Day Requiem at Barnard Castle in July, date yet to be announced.