Open the Book

Take a peek inside a 600+ year-old choir book and sing some of the beautiful music.


NOTE: at present (22 March) this workshop has been cancelled, but other possibilities are being explored - e.g. electronic link or written notes along with recordings. WATCH THIS SPACE


Newcastle University Library holds The Petre Gradual, a 370-page 14th-century manuscript.


Spend an afternoon with English church chant and sing from copies of the original manuscript.


All voices welcome. No prior experience necessary.


Sage GATESHEAD • Tues 31 March: 2:00 to 4:30pm


Led by Jonathan Adams, director of Silver Plainsong and of the Benedict Biscop Gregorian Choir.

Other recent Workshop Days

Sunday 27 May 2018

Bede Museum at Jarrow Hall, Jarrow

  • Workshop: 11am to 4:00pm
  • Performance: 3:00pm


Saturday 28 April 2018

St Thomas’ Church, Haymarket,

Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Workshop: 11am to 3:45pm
  • Performance of chant in St Thomas’ Church: 5pm


Saturday 9 September 2017

ELSDON, Northumberland 

  • Workshop: 11am to 3:45pm
  • Performance of readings and chant in St Cuthbert's Church: 5pm


Our chant workshops are open to all.


A workshop day stands on its own. It is offered for people who want to try plainsong for the first time and those who love the chant, but don't want the commitment of regular rehearsals.


Join in for the pleasure of singing with others and exploring music still vibrant after more than a thousand years. No experience necessary – all voices, any faith or none.


The usual pattern of a day includes rehearsals morning and afternoon to prepare for a short performance in late afternoon or evening.




You might like to suggest a place for a workshop – let us know via the CONTACT US page.






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