If you're in or near Leeds on the weekend of 13/14th September and not involved with our own Solemn High Mass up at Brinkburn that day (which I shall write about separately nearer the time) then this is a unique opportunity to hear some fabulous music. It's very frustrating, because I'd love to go! However, despite that, I'm more than happy to give the event publicity here. The concert is linked to the Consecration of the Romanian Orthodox church in Leeds, details of which follow:
The Concert of the Choir Saint Demetrius The Choir, set up 14 years ago by a group of students at Theology from Craiova, Romania, aims at discovering the ancient Romanian traditions and hymns, especially those of Byzantine tradition. It is currently led by Victor Sapca, PhD student at the University of Music in Bucharest and music teacher at “St. Gregory the Theologian” Orthodox Seminary in Craiova. The Choir members performed in numerous concerts in Romania and at the San Marco Cathedral in Venice. They recorded nine compact discs with a selection of the most beautiful and expressive Byzantine chants from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
This may be of interest to any of you in or near the York area. We'll be singing Compline tomorrow evening after our break due to the fact that two of the regular singers were in Belgium last week. :-) I've just finished editing & saving the photos - a massive task. Some will no doubt appear on Flickr and/or Facebook in the near future. Back to the present. Tomorrow is: Fri 30 S ROSE of LIMA V III Cl W Ordinary Office Therefore: Friday psalms, Te Lucis I & Simple Salve Regina. For some reason I thought it was a Marian feast & Compline of Sunday, but both calendar & online ordo confirm it isn't. Nevertheless, everyone is welcome! No doubt we shall adjourn to the 'vestry' afterwards for 'refreshments'. ;-)
This is a super initiative and promises to be a great day. I'd love to go to this, but it sadly clashes with my own birthday and there are events, both sung and social taking place in York that day. Do go if you have the opportunity, except those of you invited to my party of course!
If you click on the poster image, it will expand to show all the details.
It's not gone unnoticed that we're attracting more people lately, especially now that we've more or less moved back to singing on a Friday evening, which is where we started out when we were given the opportunity to sing the Office in York's oldest church some years ago.
It would still be lovely to see more, so my intention is to (time permitting) publish details of our regular services here on a weekly basis.
So, next week we shall be singing Compline again in St. Mary's, the details of which follow:
Friday 16th August 8.45pm (in all honesty, it will be nearer 9 by the time we eventually start!)
S JOACHIM, FATHER of the BVM C II Cl Semifestal Office Compline will therefore be that of Sunday, concluding with the Solemn Salve Regina.. All welcome! There are other potential developments regarding liturgical choral music & chant in York which may begin to take effect later this year. Stay tuned. If/when it happens you'll hear about it here...!