Friday, 1 April 2016

I don't usually post rock videos on this blog ...

... but when I do, they're BABYMETAL videos.

New album out today. Put your kitsune up!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Chant performances in Orkney

The Orkney Schola will sing parts of the reconstructed office of St Magnus at the following events:

On Thursday 14 April 2016, at 6 p.m. in St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall. A public lecture by Dr Barbara Crawford (University of St Andrews) on Seals in Medieval Orkney: communal and personal identity, as part of the Third International St Magnus Conference.

On Friday 15 April (the eve of St Magnus' Day), at 7.30 p.m. in the St Magnus Centre, Palace Road, Kirkwall. The launch of Alison Gray's new book No Separation: the Catholicism of George Mackay Brown (Gracewing).

This is the first time any of this music will have been performed in public since 1560, so please come! Both events are open to all.

Mapping the sound of Byzantine churches

More details here.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

For readers in Orkney: upcoming evening class

I am again offering my evening class on St Magnus of Orkney. Today is the official deadline for enrolment, but in fact bookings will still be accepted for a few days yet. The course was very successful last year, and it will be a NEW and IMPROVED version this term!

The course now starts on Tuesday 9th February, a change from the date previously advertised, and runs for eight weeks. To book, phone Customer Services at the Council on (01856) 873535, or print off & send in the form that can be downloaded here:

Stained glass window by Oscar Paterson, St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
Photographer unknown; if this is your work, please let me know!

From the Community Learning Directory:
B142: St Magnus of Orkney
As we approach the 900th anniversary of his martyrdom in 1117, this course looks at the background, life, death and legacy of St Magnus of Orkney. Drawing on historical sources, archaeology, art, music and literature, we will explore how the twelfth-century saint has continued to intrigue and inspire both here in the Northern Isles and further afield.
 Tutor: Dr Ben Whitworth.
 Tuesdays from 2 February (8 meetings).
 19:00 - 21:00.
 Course fee: £58.00.
Maximum class size: 20 students.

(Venue will be KGS.)

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

God be with you till we meet again

As this is my recreational blog, it has to give way to any other pressures on my time, of which there will be many in 2016; so this may be my last post for some considerable time. As most visitors seem to enjoy the music videos I share here, I have flagged them with a label: click "Music videos" on the right-hand sidebar if you want to view only that sort of post. I leave you with a few gems I have recently come across. Thanks for listening!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Harmonia Caelestis

The composer, Prince Paul Esterhazy, fought the Turks, protected the Jews, and fathered twenty-six children. Chapeau!

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Nidaros ordo

Sunday 22 November. Twenty-Fifth and Last Sunday after Trinity. Commemoration of St Cecilia, virgin and martyr. Anthem after Compline: Ave regina celorum.
Monday 23. St Clement, pope and martyr. Com. St. Felicity. Sub tuum presidium.
Tuesday 24. St Crisogonus, martyr, three lessons. O florens rosa.
Wednesday 25. St Katherine, virgin and martyr, nine lessons. Rogamus te.
Thursday 26. Feria V. Ave stella matutina.
Friday 27. Feria VI. Mundi domina.
Saturday 28. VIGIL OF ST ANDREW, apostle. De te virgo.

This brings us to the end of the liturgical year. I hope you have enjoyed these glimpses into the Nordic past, and if you are a pre-Reformation cleric of the Province of Nidaros perhaps you have found it a useful guide to the recitation of your Breviary.

For next year I might content myself with publishing a monthly kalendar.