The Associates of the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge will be joining with the community at Downside to sing the liturgy during the weekend of Saturday 29th to Monday 31st March 2014. The Schola is grateful to Abbot Aidan and the Benedictine community for their welcome to Downside Abbey, where we will spend two days singing and worshipping in the magnificent surroundings of Downside's church.
Our director, Christopher Hodkinson, writes: The abbey church, one of England's greatest neo-gothic churches, has the distinction of being a minor basilica and is dedicated to our patron St Gregory the Great. We are honoured to have been invited by the monks to join them in the choir to celebrate the Offices with them according to the Benedictine customs.
Anyone interested in Gregorian Chant can become an associate and take part in weekends like this. On this occasion, the Schola also invites you to a short afternoon workshop session on Saturday 29th,, starting at 2:30pm, and culminating in singing Vespers with the monks in the abbey church at 6pm.
If you are interested in coming to this workshop, or want to find out more, please contact Paul Rouse on 0117 9374372, or the Schola Administrator on 01223 263063. Alternatively, you can visit the web site http://www.scholagregoriana.org/.