Gregorian Peace at the Abbey Museum

Gregorian Chanting – take a breather this Advent

Close your eyes and be transported back to the Middle Ages where monks in hooded robes chant their divine offices in the candle lit sanctuary of a Church.  This is not a scene from centuries past, but instead the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology in Caboolture, brings the past to you in the form of Gregorian Chanting!

Traditionally, Gregorian chants were sung by choirs of in churches or by religious orders in their chapels.  Named for Pope Gregory I (Pope 590 – 604), chanting has been part of Christian religious services since the very early days of the Catholic Church. The ambiance is magically re-created in the candlelit Abbey Church with ‘Schola Cantorum’ of Brisbane each Christams. The Gregorian Christmas chanting which signifies the beginning of Advent and the onset of what some might call the ‘silly season’ instead brings a piece of peace to your heart and soul, a much sought after reprieve from our busy lives.

A Christmas Tradition

The Medieval Christmas event has been a well-loved event …

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Wax Tablets Roman Style

Wax Tablets….. the Roman Way!

What was your favourite excuse for not handing in your homework? Did the dog ever eat it?  Perhaps your kids have come up with some creative reasons as to why assignments were overdue! I seem to recall ‘the wind blew it away’ or ‘a glass of juice spilled on it’.  We have all heard a few good ones but in ancient Rome,  students had an even better excuse! Their homework had melted by the sun! (Sometimes assisted by holding their wax tablets close to their body).  Now that’s a good one!

Wax tablets and stylus was the means of writing at that time. Paper did not become readily and cheaply available in Europe until the Middle Ages. So, it was necessary to have an effective means for keeping lists, general correspondence and legal documents.  The wax tablet was used as the everyday notebook for thousands of years, although there is increasing evidence that ink was used on thin sheets of wood also.  A number of these have been found at Vindolanda, a Roman Army …

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A Medieval Christmas

A Medieval Christmas – An Evening of Gregorian Chanting

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As the Christmas Season approaches, we wonder how to create those special, everlasting moments and memories..

 

Wonder no more – The Abbey Museum has you covered!

This Holiday Season, the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology is inviting you join in a captivating evening of Gregorian Chanting!

On Saturday the 26th November, starting at 6.30pm, you are invited to surround yourself in the soft candlelit ambience of the Abbey Church and listen to the breathtaking sounds of Schola Cantorum and their incredible Gregorian Chanting. Excite your senses as this wonderful group transports you back in time, before the advent of ‘amplifiers’ and ‘sound mixers’.

At the conclusion of the performance in the Church, Guests are invited to the Abbey Hall to enjoy a sumptuous light supper of Medieval Christmas delicacies!

 

Tickets cost: $30.00 per person!

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Guests Join in singing carols with Schola Cantorum

A Medieval Christmas: Gregorian Advent

Begin your Christmas celebrations with a magical evening of Advent and Christmas Chant performed in the Abbey Church with is remarkable collection of medieval Stained Glass windows.

The evening is held by candlelight in the beautiful Abbey Church and guests are treated to a evening of Gregorian Chanting by Brisbane’s leading Gregorian Chant Choir, Schola Cantorum.

This special Christmas event is hosted by the Abbey Museum Friends in association with the Abbey Church Guild. The recital is followed by a delicious medieval supper.

This event has a limit of 120 tickets, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are $30. Bookings essential! Book now!

 

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A Medieval Christmas - an evening of Gregorian Chant

Celebrating Christmas with Ancient Song

There is no better way to commence celebrating Christmas than to attend an evening of wonderful ancient chants sung by the Brisbane choir, Schola Cantorum.  Hallelujah! It was also the ideal way to welcome the newly conserved and reconfigured Winchester Cathedral stained glass windows back to their rightful place in the Abbey Church.  After missing the group last year, an appreciative audience was delighted to have Advent ushered in with the unsurpassed sounds of the Gregorian Chants. Performed by a small but dedicated group, Schola Cantorum nevertheless filled the Abbey Church with their music for almost an hour.

More Celebrating with Medieval Christmas Fayre

Following the performance in the Church, chanters and audience moved to the Abbey Hall where tables laden with medieval Christmas themed supper awaited.  Whilst partaking of this appetising repast, chanters and audience were able to meet and mingle sharing their enjoyment of the evening.

Appetites appeased, the evening was rounded out with a further session of Christmas carols, led by Schola Cantorum but with audience members invited to join …

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A Medieval Christmas: an evening of Gregorian Chant

As the sun sets over the Australian bush, the sound of ancient chants will be heard drifting from the Abbey Church. The  church with its remarkable medieval stained glass windows is the venue for an evening of Medieval Christmas and Advent Gregorian Chant presented by Schola Cantorum, Brisbane’s leading Gregorian Chant Choir.

The chant recital will be followed by a light supper of medieval delicacies in the Abbey Hall. Here guests will also be invited to join with the choir in singing a number of traditional Christmas songs and carols.

Bookings are essential as numbers are limited.

Tickets: $30

 

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Even medieval stained glass windows need a make-over!

I recently explained to my husband, having spent a tidy sum on getting my hair done, that it costs more to stay beautiful as you get older.  And I promptly reminded him that as the famous TV ad slogan stated  ‘we’re worth it!’.   Like a lot of us folk in museums near Brisbane, the collection of  Medieval Stained Glass  at the Abbey Museum isn’t getting any younger either!

The Abbey Church

You might recall the Medieval Stained Glass post we presented recently.  It spoke about the Abbey church and the Gregorian Chanting highlight of our Abbey Medieval Festival.  The essential charisma of the extraordinary beauty of the stained glass in the Abbey Church can also be experienced during the knighting ceremony prior to the Medieval festival.  this magical ambiance with candlelight, chanting, costumes and spiritual peace  combine to facilitate a unique transformation into life in medieval times. This unique experience takes place every year before Christmas.

However, on a practical level, …

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