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Study Day with the Plainsong & Medieval Music Society



Suggested donation: £10 waged, £5 concessions

The Use of Sarum: Liturgies and Liturgical books focusing on the transition between manuscript and print around 500 years ago.

Please contact by 13 October to register.

This study day focuses principally on the liturgies and liturgical books of the Use of Salisbury, including the Lady Mass (the day incorporates Mass, celebrated according to the Sarum Use, with polyphony by Ludford) and the intriguing relationships between the manuscript and printed Sarum liturgical books of the 1510s and 1520s.

Please note that the Mass is open to all and you don't have to register for the full study day in order to attend.

The day marks two anniversaries: the 500th anniversary of the completion of a new antechapel at The Queen’s College, stained glass from which survives in the current chapel; and the 20th anniversary of the inauguration of DIAMM, the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music. It also marks the completion of the new edition – by Sally Harper, John, Harper, and Matthew Cheung Salisbury – of Lady Mass according to the Use of Salisbury, within the series Early English Church Music.


10.15 am    Arrival, coffee
10.50 am    Opening: Owen Rees
11.00 am    Matthew Cheung Salisbury, ‘From performed reality to written witness, and vice versa’
11.30 am    John Harper: ‘Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Use of Salisbury: the shaping and refinement of a liturgy c. 1100 to c. 1500’
12 pm         John Caldwell: ‘The development of the Latin liturgical psalter’
12.30 pm    Magnus Williamson: ‘The most excellent, vigilant and reverend Bishop of Winchester, and the egregious Dr Sampson: the textual states of printed chant books’

1 pm           Lunch break & PMMS AGM (please note that lunch is not provided: there are several sandwich shops and cafés on the High St near Queen’s)

2 pm           DIAMM 20th-anniversary presentation, led by Julia Craig-McFeely

3-4.30 pm   Chapel: Lady Mass (including Nicholas Ludford's Saturday Lady Mass) - OPEN TO ALL (registration for the full study day not required)

4.30 pm      Magrath Room (Front Quad, Old Lodgings Staircase): tea, and pre-launch of Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary according to the Use of Salisbury (Early English Church Music 59-60)