Melos Choir and Period Instruments

 
A Message from Melos’ Artistic Director Holly Gwynne-Timothy and Board Chair Paul Malo 

While Melos’ choristers and musicians long to connect in person with our audience we are taking all precautions and postponing any live, full-ensemble performance plans until at least early May, 2021, or until it is deemed safe to gather in large numbers.

Meanwhile in November, 2020, we will begin showcasing our Early Music themes for beyond COVID on our website and social media. Look for links to fascinating articles related to our future programs, gorgeous YouTubes and other sources of Early Music inspiration. Please look soon for updates here and follow us on FaceBook and Twitter!

We wish you best of health and look forward to safer times for all.

Yours in Early Music,

Holly Gwynne-Timothy, Artistic Director and Paul Malo, Chair of Melos’ Board of Directors.

Join Melos in a Guided Zoom Study of Early Advent and Christmas Music!

On Wednesday evenings from November 11 to December 16, Melos’ Artistic Director, Holly Gwynne-Timothy will be offering a guided tour of Early Advent and Christmas music via Zoom.

We will cover a bit of liturgical history and Old Testament connections found in Advent texts. We will look at Medieval chant, its evolving notation and ways in which it was embedded into Renaissance polyphony by composers.

We will learn parts of early carols, with links for sing-along at home, and examine Handel’s skilled recycling of his own work in the Messiah chorus, “For unto us a child is born”.

Please join us!

Nov 11 – Of Calendars, dates; Advent’s origins, feasts. Liturgical texts/ optional listening links: Rorate coeli; Alma redemptoris mater;

Nov 18 – Astonishing and moving texts and poems of the Advent/ Christmas seasons; more Advent liturgy: Domine praestolamur /veni et noli tardare.

Nov 25 – Puer natus est – Evolution of Notation; chant as a base for polyphony; biciniae, motets, mass settings.

Dec 2 – Advent’s O antiphons/ Veni Emanuel (O Come Emmanuel) with guest speaker, Rev’d Andrea Budgey, Chaplain of Trinity College, U of T; member of Sine Nomine Ensemble for Mediaeval Music, PIMS, U. Of T.

Dec 9 – Coventry Carol/ Medieval mystery plays with guest speaker, Bryan Martin, research librarian, U. of T.; member of Sine Nomine Ensemble for Mediaeval Music.

Dec 16 – Messiah – Handel – For unto us/ No di voi non vuoi fidarmi (Duetto XVI HWV 189)

Cost: $50 *Free for members of Melos or $10 per individual session

6 Wednesdays, November 11 – December 16, 7:45 – 8:30 p.m..

Register: Please email Holly at meloskingston@gmail.com

Payment can be made by E-transfer to:  treasurermeloskingston@gmail.com

Please mention the reason for the payment: “Advent Zoom Study”

Or pay by cheque made out to Melos. Please mail it to:

Melos Choir, PO Box 815, Kingston Main, Kingston, ON, K7L 4X6

Please join us!

Cost: $50 or $10 for an individual session.

*Free for members of Melos

6 Wednesdays, November 11 – December 16, 7:45 – 8:30 p.m..
Register: Please email Holly at meloskingston@gmail.com

Payment can be made by E-transfer to:  treasurermeloskingston@gmail.com

Please mention the reason for the payment: “Advent Zoom Study

Or pay by cheque made out to Melos. Please mail it to:

Melos Choir, PO Box 815, Kingston Main, Kingston, ON, K7L 4X6 

  

Artwork by Richard Talbot and René Milot

https://thisisrichart.com/ and http://rctalbot.com/

We are greatly indebted to our all of our Season Sponsors for the 2019-2020 season.
We also thank our granting agencies for the 2019-2020 season – The City of Kingston – Kingston Arts Fund and the Government of Canada
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Photograph of Fontenay Abbey by Paul M. Malo