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Gregorian Chant

We study the structure, form and history of Gregorian chant, how it emerged as the musical language for the first 1200 years of Christianity and its influence on the Western Church ever since. We acquire a basic understanding of the Hexachord system, appreciating the subdivisions of the old modes into authentic and plagal ‘tones’. We study the various influences on the chant and learn simple neumes and their interpretation. Some voice coaching is included and our study of psalmody and simple antiphons culminates in the performance of the First Vespers of Pentecost.

Gregorian Chant

Led by: Rupert Bevan

We study the structure, form and history of Gregorian chant, how it emerged as the musical language for the first 1200 years of Christianity and its influence on the Western Church ever since. We acquire a basic understanding of the Hexachord system, appreciating the subdivisions of the old modes into authentic and plagal ‘tones’. We study the various influences on the chant and learn simple neumes and their interpretation. Some voice coaching is included and our study of psalmody and simple antiphons culminates in the performance of the First Vespers of Pentecost.

Rupert Bevan is a member of a celebrated musical family based in Somerset. He was a chorister, Head Chorister at Westminster Cathedral and latterly Organist and Choirmaster of a number of Catholic churches in the Bath area. His current appointment is Director of Music at St John’s, South Parade, Bath.

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Multi-purchase: If you book three or more residential courses all at once, Ammerdown will give you 5% discount on the total fees (N.B. this 5% discount does not apply when a bursary has already been agreed)

Extend your stay: Subject to availability, you are welcome to extend your stay before or after your course. If you choose to do so, Ammerdown will give you a 5% discount on our standard ‘Private Stays’ rates: please contact the centre to arrange this.