Plans for 2020

Responses to COVID-19 swept way our plans for 2020. Looking forward to a time when we shall be able to sing in public again, several possibilities are currently (April 2021) being considered.

Chant at Fountains Abbey


A programme of chant in the beautiful setting of the floodlit ruins of the medieval Cistercian abbey just outside Ripon, N Yorks.


16 October 2021


Other plans for performance in autumn/winter 2021

We are eager to sing.


If you would like to suggest occasions or venues, please get in touch.

Performances cancelled in 2020

Chant at Brinkburn

a Sunday afternoon in June 2020


at Brinkburn Priory

Longframlington, Northumberland NE65 8AR



Becket, Byrd and a Rare Book

in July 2020


a performance to mark the 800th anniversary of the reburial of St Thomas of Canterbury in Canterbury Cathedral


• Chant from The Petre Gradual (14th-century manuscript in Newcastle University Library) sung by the Benedict Biscop Gregorian Choir

• William Byrd: Mass for Three Voices sung by The Fitzsimons Singers

• Spoken words from Christopher Wardale


Performances 2019

Sun 28 April 2019

The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle

Co Durham

as part of a North East Early Music Forum (NEEMF) Performing Day

Sat 18 May 2019

Bede Museum at Jarrow Hall

+ The Friends of the World of Bede

BEDE TO BECKET - illustrated talk and performance of Chant from the time of Bede to the martyrdom of Becket

Sun 9 June 2019

Brinkburn Priory

Longframlington, Northumberland NE65 8AR

12th-century music in a 12th-century church

Performances from the last few years

Saturday 6 February 2016

A Concert of Plainsong

Sunday 3 April 2016

as part of the North East Early Music Forum (NEEMF) Day Out (12noon-5pm)

Friday 13 May 2016

with the Choir of St Dominic's Priory

as part of the Late Shows – performances in places not usually open in the evenings

Sat 22 October 2016


plainsong workshop day


All voices, no experience necessary.
Singers of any faith or none welcome.

Sun 30 April 2017, Sat 14 April 2018, Sun 28 April 2019 

The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle

Co Durham

as part of the North East Early Music Forum (NEEMF) Performing Day

Sat 9 September 2017

St Cuthbert's Church, Elsdon, Northumberland

Performance by participants at the end of a workshop day for all comers

Sat 31 Oct 2015     Fri 27 Oct 2017


Chant in the floodlit ruins of Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire

Sat 10 Dec 2016, Sat 9 Dec 2017, Sat 8 Dec 2018

Washington Old Hall

Visitors to this fine medieval Manor House heard rehearsal from 2pm and informal performance at 4pm

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