Guided Zoom Study of Early Advent and Christmas Music 2020

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!


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

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)

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

Register: Please email Holly at

Payment can be made by E-transfer to:

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