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
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