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Discover the World of Plainchant
Ampleforth Abbey, North Yorkshire
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Nestled in a picturesque valley on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors rests Ampleforth Abbey and College. The Abbey is home to Britain’s largest community of Benedictine monks and its College lays claim to being the foremost Catholic Independent School in the country. At the heart of the lives of both monks and students is the music that forms the backbone to the daily cycle of prayer. The ancient art of Plainsong lies at the centre of this, with Gregorian Chant being sung at Mass, Vespers and Compline each day.
10:30 Tea and Coffee.
11:00 Lecture: ‘An introduction to Plainchant’ with Fr Alexander McCabe
11:45 Rehearsal to prepare chants for Conventual Mass
12: 30 Conventual Mass in the Abbey Church, with participation in the singing of the chant
13:10 Lunch: a hot buffet lunch is included in the attendance charge
14:00 Accompanying Plainchant. A symposium/workshop on the different styles of accompanying chant with Martin Baker, Br Cedd Mannion and William Dore.
15:00 Using Plainchant as the basis for improvisation. Martin Baker.
15:45 Programme of chant-based repertoire played by William Dore on the Abbey’s 4-manual, 101-stop Walker organ
16:30 Tea and Coffee, and depart
FREE CONCERT, Friday 5 October, 19:30
Additionally, the trebles of Westminster Cathedral Choir directed by Martin Baker are giving a concert at the Abbey on the preceding evening, Friday 5 October which RCO Members and others are welcome to attend. Martin Baker will stay on to contribute to the programme on 6 October.
Comfortable and good-value accommodation can be found at nearby Bed & Breakfast establishments, many within walking distance of the Abbey and College. We hope that transport can be arranged for participants between York Station and the Abbey.