Choral Holidays - Singing in wonderful locations

Bolton Priory 15 - 18 May 2018

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Bolton Priory, lies adjacent to the village of Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire, and stands majestically on the banks of the River Wharfe, surrounded by the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. It has to be one of the most beautiful and idyllic settings we have yet visited.

Lets get everybody’s first question out of the way straight away:

This course will take place indoors, in the warm, roofed nave of the priory

Bolton Priory founded in 1154 by the Augustinian order. The land at Bolton, as well as other resources, were given to the order by Lady Alice de Romille of Skipton Castle. In the early 14th century Scottish raiders caused the temporary abandonment of the site and serious structural damage to the priory.
The nave of the abbey church was in use as a parish church from about 1170 onwards, and survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Building work was still going on at the abbey when the Dissolution of the Monasteries resulted in the termination of the priory in January 1540. The east end remains in ruins. A tower, begun in 1520, was left half-standing, and its base was later given a bell-turret and converted into an entrance porch. Most of the remaining church is in the Gothic style of architecture, but more work was done in the Victorian era, including windows by August Pugin. It is still a working priory today, holding services on Sundays and religious holidays

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Over a period of 4 days we will prepare for, and sing 4 full Choral evensongs with the help of our wonderful organist, Ben Saul , and under the leadership of our Artistic Director Jeff Stewart

We will start simply with a fauxbourdon setting and plainsong responses, so that we are easing ourselves in rather than have a stressed firstday. For the rest of the week it will be our intention to include the following:

Tallis – If Ye Love Me

Croft – God Is Gone Up

Stanford – The Lord is my Shepherd

Haydn – The heavens are telling

Wood – Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in Eb Number 1

Walmisley – Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in D Minor

Brewer – Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in D

N.B. These items are subject to change if necessary. If you are not familiar with them, just click the on the pieces to hear them.

Added Bonus
We also have the added bonus of singing Plainsong Compline in the ruins on one of our evenings. Imagine the feeling of standing where the monks used to stand centuries ago, (And who knows? Perhaps they still stand) and join with those souls to sing plainsong, in the way they used to as the evening falls over the ruins, the hills and the river. This, in essence, is the reason we are so excited about this trip.

Come along and join us in this perfect location for 4 days of music making which you will never forget.

The cost of the trip includes only the tuition and the music, which will be sent in advance. It does not include accommodation or food as we want people to be able to choose for themselves where they stay according to their own wishes, needs and budget.

Price of the Bolton Priory Holiday £180.00
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