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Event: BREMF - Monastic Europe: The Lewes Breviary

Sunday 28th October 2018, 7:30 pm in St Bartholomew's Church, BN1 4GP

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Resonet (Medieval ensemble from Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

Mercedes Hernández soprano
David Sagastume countertenor
Andrew Robinson baritone
Paulo González bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, recorders
Carlos Castro percussion, psaltery
Jordi Argelaga shawms, recorders
Fernando Reyes director, citola

BREMF Community Choir

Andrew Robinson and Joe Paxton directors
Saskia Wesnigk-Wood stage director
Annette Boyne choir manager
Transcriptions from the Lewes Breviary Fernando Reyes and Barbara Scalvini

Thank you to Michael Kennedy for the genesis of the idea to revive the music of Lewes Priory. Thank you to the Lewes Priory Trust and to Helen Chiasson and Kate Hickmott in particular for their wonderful support of this project.

The Cluniac Priory of Lewes was part of a monastic network spanning medieval Europe and sharing much music. This concert, newly devised for the atmospheric spaces of St Bartholomew’s Church, presents music from the 13th-century Lewes Breviary, including a vivid dramatisation of the story of St Thomas Becket. Also included are rousing pilgrim songs reflecting the pan-European nature of pilgrimage journeys.

This concert is dedicated to the memory of Chris Boyne, stalwart member of the community choir and wonderful supporter of the festival.