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Book of Hours: Pre-Concert Talk – Plainsong and masterpieces of the Renaissance

Time Unwrapped 2018
Spoken Word / Saturday, 16 June 2018 - 5:15pm / St Pancras Room
£6.50 (multi-event offer available)

A £3.00 booking fee will be applied to all ticket bookings. An additional fee of £1.50 is applied if you wish to receive your tickets by post. Fees do not apply to bookings or ticket collections made in person at the Box Office.

2pm Exhibition, Limehouse Room

2.15pm Midday Office, Box Office Stage
3pm Vocal Workshop, St Pancras Room
5.15pm Pre-Concert Talk, St Pancras Room
6pm Vespers, Gallery Level
7pm The Sixteen, Hall One
8pm Compline, Gallery Level

A Benedictine Day with the monks of Downside Abbey


Pope Gregory’s system of plainsong dates from 6th century AD and has provided the DNA for some of the greatest European church music. Harry Christophers, director of The Sixteen, and Father Anselm Brumwell of Downside Abbey discuss the intimate relationship between these musical forms, and the multifarious ways in which great composers based their masterpieces on these chants, particularly in the Renaissance period, as the Sixteen’s evening concert will demonstrate.


For the first time in their 250-year history, the monks of Downside Abbey in Somerset will sing their Divine Offices away from the abbey, at Kings Place and a nearby church. Beginning the day with a Mass and Lauds in St James’s, Spanish Place, Marylebone, they will arrive in time to sing Midday Office, Vespers and Compline in the public spaces of Kings Place.

There will also be an exhibition of important artefacts from the abbey related to its musical heritage, a workshop with Musical Director Father Anselm Brumwell on the singing of plainsong and a PRE-CONCERT TALK (book below) in which Father Anselm Brumwell, in conversation with Harry Christophers, will explain how this hugely influential tradition is maintained and how it has fed into and enriched the European sacred music canon.

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Photos from top: Downside Abbey; Harry Christophers © Marco Borggreve