Bolton Priory 9th – 12th May 2022




  This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is IMG_0166.jpg At the heart of Bolton Abbey Estate, withing the stunnning surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, lies the Priory Church and Ruins of an Augustinian Priory in its beautiful riverside setting. The land was gifted to the Augustinian canons by Alice de Rumilly in 1154. The canons lived and worshipped here until 1539, when the dissolution of the monasteries stripped the Priory of its assets. Despite the loss of most of the Priory buildings during the dissolution, the western half of the original nave was preserved so that the local parish could continue its worship there.

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It is to this wonderful setting that we will return for the 3rd time to sing 4 Choral Evensongs. Each day we will prepare music for the evening service. As ever with Choral Holidays, our focus will be on enjoying expressing ourselves through music, understanding the text and why the composer has set the text in a certain way.

The repertoire will include settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Phillip Moore (3rd Service), Charles Wood (in D), Thomas Tallis (Dorian Mode) and Herbert Sumsion (in G), as well as the anthems O Lord increase our faith (Henry Loosemore), O Quam Gloriosum (Tomas Luis De Victoria),  How Excellent thy name…..Hallelujah (George F. Handel from Saul) & Evening Hymn (Henry Balfour Gardiner).

Each day will consist of rehearsals from 10am until 1pm, then from 2.30pm until 4.30pm, with choral evensong at 5pm.  

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One of the most memorable parts of our previous visits to Bolton Priory has been the chance to sing a service of plainsong Compline in the old Quire of the ruins, where the same office would have been sung centuries ago.

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The fee for this course does not include accommodation or food: we like people to be able to choose their own budget, and there are plenty of options for accommodation and food nearby. We do, however, organize meals each night, which the participants are free to attend or not, as suits them.

The course will be run by our musical director, Jeff Stewart, with assistance from our organist, Ben Saul.


Course Fee £200 (Deposit £100)