Ealing Abbey Plainchant Choir

Ealing Abbey Plainchant Choirassociate principal

Under the direction of Fr Peter Burns, O.S.B., the plainchant choir is promoting a Gregorian Chant workshop at Ealing Abbey on Friday 7 – Saturday 8 May. We shall be learning the chants for the Solemnity of the Ascension and then singing them at the 12:00 noon Mass on Sunday 8 May. We are most fortunate that Christopher Hodkinson, Director of the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge, a foremost expert on chant and a very inspiring teacher, will be leading the Workshop.

We are inviting anyone with at least a basic experience of singing chant or choral music to join us. The cost will be £30, including refreshments but not lunch. If you are interested, please contact Patrick or Annie Martin on 020 8991 1081
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What is Gregorian Chant?

Also known as plain chant or plainsong, it is the ancient music of the Western Church. It has an austere beauty and discipline that is especially conducive to prayer. The Second Vatican Council commended its continued use in the Church.

What is the Ealing Abbey Lay Plain Chant Choir?

Formed in 2010 by Jennifer Smith, it is now led by Fr Peter Burns O.S.B. We are a group of amateur singers who love chant. We sing regularly once a month at the 12:00 noon Mass on Sundays, and on certain other occasions. We meet on Wednesday evenings at 6:40 pm in the Bulbeck Room. If you are interested in finding out more, you will be most welcome to come along and see if you would like to join us.
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But chant is difficult to sing?

Some chants can be difficult, but the basics can be picked up easily by anyone who can sing in tune. The notation is slightly different from conventional musical notation, with the use of square notes (neums), but is no more difficult to learn.

Ealing Abbey  14 April 2016 JL