Cantus Lambed

UWTSD Lampeter's Monastic and Early Music Choir.

Have you ever wondered what medieval music looks like? — 10th April 2018

Have you ever wondered what medieval music looks like?

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?!

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Our Next Performance: — 1st April 2018
Medieval Day: 24th of March —

Medieval Day: 24th of March

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!

Cantus Lambed ‘s other pages —
Welcome to the Cantus Lambed Website —

Welcome to the Cantus Lambed Website

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”.