OPUS ANGLICANUM : AN ENGLISH MUSIC
OPUS ANGLICANUM : AN ENGLISH MUSIC

Words and Music - 5 men singing unaccompanied + Zeb Soanes, narrator

audience-friendly story-telling sequences
entertainments of narrated texts with unaccompanied sung music of all kinds.
Presented by Opus Anglicanum Trust, Charity No.1083865

 

DATES FOR 2017

 

3rd April - 7th April Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland.

A week in the company of the community, JRP helping with the singing the Chant.

22nd April, Two Temple Place, London WC2R 3BD at 7 pm
BELLOC: THE FOUR MEN
to accompany the exhibition Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion 28th January until 23rd April 2017.
Tickets https://opusanglicanum.eventbrite.co.uk

Hilaire Belloc described ‘The Four Men’ as ‘A Farrago’. ‘The Four Men’ - Grizzlebeard, Myself, the Poet and the Sailor - walk across the Weald of Sussex in the October of 1902 from Robertsbridge to Harting, with lively conversation, debate and songs along the way. Published in 1911, the four figures represent aspects of Belloc’s own character. The story is in turn poetic, reflective, pompous, didactic and humorous.The narrative is the context for some richly varied music:Vaughan Williams’s ‘The Vagabond’ and ‘Linden Lea’; settings of poems by Belloc from Ivor Gurney (‘A Sussex Drinking Song’, and ‘Most Holy Night’) and from Peter Warlock (‘My own country’); and music by George Butterworth and Edward Elgar. Possibly a surprise item will be ‘Deux chœurs’ of Camille Saint-Saëns, reminding us that Belloc was half French, and had done his national service in the French artillery. Also included are a number of Belloc’s idiosyncratic songs sung to his own tunes, as described in the book itself.

Monday 24th April - Thursday 27th April
Benslow Music Trust, Hitchen SG4 9RB

GREGORIAN CHANT RESIDENTIAL COURSE

http://benslowmusic.org    01462 459446

 

The Benslow Music Trust residential course on Gregorian chant is warmly recommended as a rewarding opportunity to dedicate time to experience Gregorian Chant. Benslow is a very special place, and  offers a tradition of hospitality and friendship for music makers of every sort. The Chant course will be one of a number happening in this beautiful house with enjoyable meals and accommodation.
Our focus this year will be on the chant for the Journey, with a rich variety of music. We shall focus especially on the chant for the Easter season with its repeated descriptions of travelling and destinations both in literal and in spiritual terms.

Saturday 29th April at 3 pm
St Just in Roseland Church TR2 5JD
THE GREAT AND WIDE SEA
includes 1st performance of Alexander Campkin ‘by still waters’
tickets £10 at the door


LYNNE PLOWMAN ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’: Twelve brilliant miniatures set amongst a complete reading of Coleridge’s 1798 epoch-making work. The compositions refer to the engravings by David Jones for Douglas Cleverdon’s 1929 edition of the poem.
SALLY BEAMISH ‘Sea Psalm: the sinking of HMS Duchess 12th Dec 1939’ is a 20-minute setting of the psalm ‘They that go down to the sea in ships’ during which a spoken narration recites the eyewitness account of the only surviving officer of the sinking of the destroyer HMS Duchess. The psalm forms a refrain to the account,  ending with the hymn ‘Eternal Father strong to save’.
ALEXANDER CAMPKIN ‘by still waters’ (1st performance)
A short memorial follows in memory of Mary Rowlands-Pritchard whose ashes are buried in the churchyard including Alexander Campkin’s ‘by still waters’ composed for OA for this occasion.

St Just in Roseland Concert Flier for downlaod
58437-pf.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.5 MB]

Saturday 13th May 10 am - 5 pm
Worcester Lodge, Didmarton, Badminton GL9 1AH

SING GREGORIAN CHANT - THE JOURNEY
Booking £25 (u-18 free) at info@opus-a.co.uk includes bread & cheese lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments

We are privileged to be able to offer another Chant Day in the special and enchanting venue of Worcester Lodge, designed by the 18th century architect William Kent.  The course is structured around the monastic hour services, beginning with simple recitation in English leading to Latin chant.
We will sing chant for the Journey, using especially the rich variety of music for the Easter season with its repeated descriptions of travelling and destinations both in literal and in spiritual terms. In particular we shall sing part of the 13th century French liturgical drama ‘The Pilgrims to Emmaus’
It is open to anyone, women and men, singers and non-singers, all are welcome. The day concludes with performance of a chant sequence ‘The Journey’ and Compline.

Worcester Lodge Flier for download
inky.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.5 MB]

Saturday 10th June at 3 pm

Haslemere Museum

THE GREAT AND WIDE SEA

for an exhibition of inscriptional works by

John Rowlands-Pritchard

concert: £15/ under-18 free from Museum 01428 642112

LYNNE PLOWMAN ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’:

SALLY BEAMISH ‘Sea Psalm: the sinking of HMS Duchess 12th Dec 1939’

A short memorial follows which includes

ALEXANDER CAMPKIN ‘by still waters’

Three Choirs Festival, Worcester
Monday 24th July

The Baptist Church, Worcester 11 am

THE GREAT AND WIDE SEA

LYNNE PLOWMAN ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’:

SALLY BEAMISH ‘Sea Psalm: the sinking of HMS Duchess 12th Dec 1939’

A short memorial follows which includes ALEXANDER CAMPKIN ‘by still waters’

 

Tuesday 25th July

St Helen’s, Worcester 10am-4pm
SING GREGORIAN CHANT

The workshop is open to everyone. Workshop sessions prepare participants to perform Vespers in the cathedral using 10th century chant composed in Worcester in honour of St Oswald. This is the Three Choirs Festival Evensong for the day, and is led by the five singers of Opus Anglicanum as cantors. The Anglo-Saxon chant for St Oswald was composed in Worcester Abbey in the late 10th century and was sung at Worcester where he was Bishop from 961 until his death in 992. It is preserved uniquely in the 13th century antiphoner Worcester Cathedral Library MS F160 from which it has been edited specially for this workshop.

 

Tuesday 25th July

Worcester Cathedral 5:30 pm

VESPERS

Workshop participants with Opus Anglicanum sing the service with the chant prepared during the day.

 

During the Three Choirs Festival Week is an exhibition of inscriptional work by JRP, comprising some on glass and stone together with hand painted inscriptions on canvas panels featuring texts on Angels, Music, and from S T Coleridge ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’.  The exhibition is in the King’s School, immediately next to the main ticket office for the Festival.

 

Saturday 30th September, Glastonbury Abbey  10 am - 5 pm

SING GREGORIAN CHANT
Chant Workshop info: 01458 832267 & www.glastonburyabbey.com

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Saturday 4th November, St Mary's Church Monmouth

SING GREGORIAN CHANT

RSCM South East Wales Chant workshop
Contact: Emma Gibbins 07952 514117 emmagibbins1978@gmail.com

Opus Anglicanum

Patron - Dame Emma Kirkby Opus Anglicanum Trust Charity No.1083865
Trustees:
Michael Kuhn, chairman;
Prebendary Elsa van der Zee; Stephen Tilton; Dr Frances Hogwood; Dr John Sedgwick

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