undefinedLeah Stuttard

Three workshops to learn and sing together some medieval music for Advent, it’s not just about carols!


Medieval English Carols - Saturday 5 December 2020, 15.00-16.30 GMT (20/OL66)

Gregorian Chant - Saturday 12 December 2020, 15.00-16.30 GMT (20/OL67)

Piae Cantiones - Sunday 13 December 2020, 15.00-16.30 GMT (20/OL68)

Fee: £15 per session per device or £40 for all three sessions (20/OL69) 

Please let us know which session(s) you wish to attend using the comments box below.

What is the course about?

In every session, we’ll start with a warm up using medieval intonations and pedagogical tools so we get used to the medieval modes. Then we’ll learn together by ear a plainchant or a carol or a refrain – exercising your listening and memorising skills is an excellent practise and very much part of the musical process of the Middle Ages. I’ll give some historical background and the titbits that I find interesting about the repertoire we’re singing. We might also listen to some recordings to do some critical comparisons. Throughout, we’ll be looking at medieval source material because who doesn’t like a nice medieval manuscript?

We’ll also do some slightly more challenging music for which I’ll provide the score – 3 part medieval carols, both slightly more well-known and rather less so – for those of you who enjoy sightsinging, not in every session though. I’ll be playing my harp and/or singing along with those so although you will only hear your own voice, and not the voices of other participants, the other parts will be provided by me!

Another challenge will be the opportunity to improvise new music for Latin texts; as we memorise and surround ourselves with the sound and feel of a mode, it becomes part of our storehouse of building blocks to make up our own medieval tunes.

Tutor website: leahstuttard.com

What will we cover?

We will sing Gregorian chant, music from Piae Cantiones and medieval English carols together.

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

You will learn something about medieval music for Christmas including carols, sequences, hymns and other Gregorian chant. You will also learn to sing a selection of these for fun!

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You don’t necessarily need to read music for this course as I like to emphasise listening and memorising, but there will also be some opportunity to sightsing when we do the medieval English carols. The most important thing is that you’re interested in learning medieval music!

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

These workshops will be online using Zoom so you will need to download that before we begin. You don’t need to prepare anything else.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

No music will be provided in advance, it will all be on screen during the Zoom workshops.

Is there anything I need to bring?

Your instrument, music, a computer/tablet/phone with a camera and microphone and a stable internet connection is ideal.