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Singing chant is such great food
for the soul
You really don't need a great voice
just be in tune with the singers around you -
listening more than performing,
meditating more than vocalising

Gregorian Chant has been used over many centuries in Christian worship.
Today it is less widely known and this latest initiative is being set up to share the ancient tradition of Gregorian Chant with new followers from all backgrounds. There are many examples of excellent chant scholas (choirs) - 
Here are a few:


Gregorian chant really is for everyone!
Even in sunny California kids get the chance to go to chant summer camp


Characteristics of Gregorian Chant
courtesy of

1. Very free flowing

2. The chant moves up and down by steps and small leaps
within a narrow range

3. Some chants are responsive, soloist or chorus

4. The three main classes:

    a) Syllabic, one note set to each syllable of text

    b) Neumatic, a few notes set to one syllable

    c) Melismatic, many notes set to one syllable  

Listen to the Course Director's Introduction:  Iain Simcock
and his response to questions following on from the intro:
This selection from the boys' schola, Choeur Saint-Michel
This young group of siblings, Harpa Diehas a very interesting way of interpreting chant.
Compare their rendition of Advent chant, Rorate Caeli
with same chant from Trappist contemplative monks 

 Why should you join us ? 
 See Neville explain,
hear why everyone should join! 

... the rhythm in itself is not predictable, it's timeless, it's outside of time... to take you outside of time, so it's a wonderful way to be expressing what's happening...
Mary Ann Carr Wilson, chant camp director, 11 mins in