Sound of sacred music

JOIN us for an hour of wonderful music on the site of Lewes Priory on Friday May 11 at 7.30pm.

From Gregorian chant to music of the sixteenth century the Priory will once again ring out with the sound of sacred music. There will be an opportunity for everyone, both adults and children, to sing.

The evening will start with a candle-lit procession from the east end. Bring your own night light or candle. (Meet at the herb garden entrance next to the Dripping Pan).

Under the general direction of Michael Kennedy, several local choirs (including St Pancras Scuola and Lewes Chamber Choir) will sing a short selection of music from the 11th to 16th century.

A particular feature will be music from the Lewes Breviary, a manuscript written in the 13th century for Lewes Priory.

The Breviary contains the liturgical texts of mass and office for the patron saint of the priory, St Pancras and is notated. Parts of it will be sung on site for the first time in hundreds of years.

Other highlights will be Palestrina’s Alma Redemptoris Mater and William Byrd’s Angus Dei. All will then join in the Pilgrim Song as the pilgrims leave the Priory to embark upon the River Ouse for their journey to Santiago de Compostela.

Sheet music will be available at the rehearsal, on the evening itself and also in downloadable format from the Trust’s website:

Admission is free though donations to the Trust would be warmly welcomed and a bucket is likely to be shaken in your direction. A bar will be provided by Southover Bonfire Society.