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Welcome to the Benedict Biscop Gregorian Choir

   

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.”

IGOR STRAVINSKY

   

  

Next event - Becket, Byrd and Book - 850th anniversary

  

Fri 8 Nov 2019 (date tbc) - at the Lit & Phil Newcastle
 
Next year, 2020, is the 850th  anniversary of the martyrdom of Thomas Becket. To mark this, BBGC is teaming up with the Fitzsimons choir and actor Chris Wardale in an exciting new project that will be unique amongst Becket 2020 celebrations.
 
In a joint performance of William Byrd’s polyphonic three-part mass, BBGC will sing pieces of chant transcribed by Jonathan Adams from ‘The Petre Gradual’ which date from the later Middle Ages and celebrate Thomas Becket and which would have been known to Byrd, as he was was in the employment of the then owner of the Gradual.
 
To complete the performance, Chris Wardale, an actor will be reading from the 20th century play, TS Eliot’s ‘Murder in the Cathedral’ at appropriate places in the mass.
 
In a studio/work in progress performance this Autumn, BBGC, Fitzsimons singers and Chris Wardale will present extracts from the 2020 full performance.

   

   

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