The Benedict Biscop Gregorian Choir draws singers from across the North-East of England to learn and perform gregorian chant and other plainsong.
We enjoy singing together as we explore some of the roots of Western music and try to relate the heritage of this music to life in the 21st century.
“A real tradition is not the relic of a past that is irretrievably gone; it is a living force that animates and informs the present…. Far from implying the repetition of what has been, tradition presupposes the reality of what endures. It appears as an heirloom, a heritage that one receives on condition of making it bear fruit before passing it on to one’s descendants.”
The Benedict Biscop Gregorian Choir is singing in the glorious acoustic of Brinkburn Priory in the Coquet Valley, a few miles southeast of Rothbury this summer in their innovative Summer Sundays series, in which several music groups each present a short programme throughout the afternoon.
Starts 12.45pm. BBGC sings at 4pm... bring a picnic!
Chant relating to St Thomas of Canterbury (Thomas Becket) including Gaudeamus omnes, Alleluia:Gloria et honore and Gaude Thoma, as well as pieces written by Godrich of Finchale (near Durham) and Hildegard of Bingen