04 April 2016
Successful GCN Chant Weekend
After a gap of two years, we were able to organise a residential Chant Weekend again this year, in parallel with the St Catherine's Trust Family Retreat.
It was led by Colin Mawby and Chris Hodkinson; a dozen singers attended. As usual, the singers on the course were able to accompany the liturgies of the event, three Masses, Vespers and Benediction, two Complines, and a procession of thanksgiving: which, in accordance with tradition, started with the Te Deum and concluded with the Canticle of Zachary.
So there was plenty of live, liturgical singing, with an appreciative congregation, as well as practice, theoretical discussion, and a session on organ accompaniment of chant.
The Family Retreat was also very successful, and the combined event attracted more than 90 people. The Retreat was led by two yound priests from the community on Papa Stronsay in the Orkneys, the Sons of the Holy Redeemer: Fr Magdala Marie F.SS.R and Fr Jean Marie F.SS.R.. Both the Retreat and the Chant course were sponsored by the Latin Mass Society.