Singing together, apart: drama and medieval chant

A page of music from a medieval manuscript

Singing together; apart: drama and medieval chant

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  14 June 2021



 Free, book in advance

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Registration closes at 6pm on Sunday 13 June

About the event

Gregorian chant is an ancient communal song tradition, much loved for its calming, meditative feel – but we are increasingly appreciating its dramatic and even emotional aspects. This workshop will showcase a play performed in medieval Wienhausen (the Wienhäuser Osterspiel), a Middle Low German drama focusing on Mary Magdalene.

As both audience members and actors, you will learn to sing the classic Easter sequence hymn 'Victimae paschali laudes' ('Praises to the paschal victim') and see how it formed part of a medieval play. No experience of singing, music reading, or ancient languages required - and from the comfort of your own home, no strangers can hear you!


Henrike Lahnemann, Professor of Medieval German at Oxford University

Andrew Dunning, R W Hunt Curator of Medieval Manuscripts at the Bodleian

Zachary Guiliano, College Chaplain and Research Fellow at St Edmund Hall

Nick Swarbrick, Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes

Booking information

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About the Polonsky Foundation digitization project

This workshop will include manuscripts which are being shared online for the first time as part of The Polonsky Foundation digitization project.

Watch an introduction to the digitization project

This event is generously supported by The Polonsky Foundation and The Helen Hamlyn Trust.

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