This is another opportunity to learn about singing plainsong and reading from neumes in the context of the quiet service of Compline – An Order for Night Prayer. Led by Derek Harrison

DATE/VENUE: Sunday 20th March 2022; All Saints, Church Lane, Dane End, Ware SG12 0NR.  This church stands on the edge of the village of Dane End, in rural Hertfordshire.

TIMES: WORKSHOP 3.00; REHEARSAL 4.15; SERVICE 6.00

The first session will look at musical notation briefly but the notation of neumes in particular (using the Compline music for practice). That include listening to the opening of Duruflé’s Requiem noticing how exactly he follows the plainsong for the opening; likewise the Toccata on Ave Maris Stella by Flor Peeters. We then rehearse all of the music the service including the anthem (tbd). A congregation is very welcome to experience this lovely service in a special setting.

Between the rehearsal and service, tea will be provided for all those taking part.

Music for the event: the Compline booklet was provided (from the EHCCA library). It is published by the RSCM for The Plainsong and Medieval Music Society.