by Michael Ford last modified 18 Nov, 2010 02:09 AM

Plainchant, or plainsong is enjoying a popular comeback both inside and out of our churches. Courses for understanding how to sing chant and where to use it are now available fairly regularly and there are always places to go to be able to hear chant in its monastic home. The popularity of chant has recently come about through the media and also via CD recordings. These have even been used in night clubs as a way to ‘chill’ the dancers before they make their early morning journey home!

Chant is our oldest form of music that has been written down. It was in this diocese that a codification, or unification of the use of liturgical chant was established and Sarum Use was spread widely in this country and abroad. We are fortunate to have many experts associated with the diocese and two of the most active are Philip Baxter and Trevor Jarvis.

Philip’s book, Sarum Use, is a friendly and unassuming paperback that traces the development of chant, building, management, books and worship that formed what was to be a major influence on the liturgical and administrative development of our Churches.

Trevor is leading two workshops at the Diocesan Music in Worship Day on plainchant. See details on this website.

If you would like to go and hear chant in situ, visit:


Useful Links


Other Useful Publications
Plainchant for Everyone by Mary Berry (RSCM)
The Use of Salisbury by Nick Sandon (Antico Edition)
Chant made simple by Robert M. Fowells
A Gregorian Chant Master Class by Marier
Cantors, A Collection of Gregorian Chants by Mary Berry (CUP) - currently out of print.


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