Hi everyone, just to let you all know we are beginning rehearsals again this Wednesday (19th). We are no longer rehearsing in the University Chapel (We’re moving to the Old Hall) as we aim to include everyone, regardless of their religious preference.
We are looking forward. To welcoming new students on the Lampeter Campus Open Day this Saturday. We will be performing on the Chapel, to give new students some idea of what we do, and what they can get involved with.
We have a number of events already booked for the coming academic year including the 20th of October, where we will be visiting the Priory in St Clears for the first time and on the 2nd of December we will. Be performing Advent Carols in our haunt of St Mary’s, Union Street Carmarthen.
Other dates include:
17th November: Llanelli Craft Fair.
2nd December: Return to St Mary’s. Union Street, Carmarthen.
15th December: Lampeter’s first Medieval Banquet.
16th February: Return to Chepstow Priory and Castle.
Medieval music notation looked very different to what we are used to seeing in the modern world…
Cantus Lambed uses medieval music to perform it’s services, monastic offices, and concerts. But did you know that our Director Paul translates and transcribes straight from original medieval manuscripts?
In the images below you can see how different medieval notation is. The square blocks are notes. The length of the note is determined by the syllables of the words, not like in modern music the value of the note.
If you struggle to read modern music you may find this easier to read, as few of our choristers have found!
Have a look, have a go!
Can you work them out and sing them with us?!
For Our Next performance we will be returning to St Mary’s Church, Union Street, Carmarthen for Easter Evening Prayers on the 6th of May.
We held Lampeter’s second medieval day on the 24th of March. It was yet again a great success for all involved, stall holders, re-enactors, Choristers, Staff and Students.
There are lots of photos up on our Facebook page but the one below shows Paul rounding of the day, in typical Cantus Style, signing his thank-you without breaking from the tune of the Procession song, much to the amusement of the re-enactors!
We also have pages on Facebook and Twitter to keep you up to date; just search @CantusLambed.
We are the Monastic and Early music choir of UWTSD Lampeter, lead by our Director Paul Watkins.
We ask you to join on us on our adventures from Lampeter across Wales as we recreate the medieval monastic sound through research, music, and voice with concerts and services.
The image below gives you a taste of what you might see when you visit us, or we visit you – The Monastic Office of Compline (in St Mary’s Priory Church in Chepstow), or as Paul puts it “bedtime prayers”.