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Veronica Brandt holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. As editor, she has produced fine publications (as well as valuable reprints) dealing with Gregorian chant, hymnody, Latin, and other subjects. These publications are distinguished on account of their tastefulness. She lives in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her husband Peter and six children.
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When you consider that the greatest hymns ever written—the plainchant hymns—are pushing the age of eight hundred and that the noble chorale hymn tunes of Bach date from the early eighteenth century, then what is the significance of the word “old” applied to “Mother at Thy Feet Is Kneeling”? Most of the old St. Basil hymns date from the Victorian era, particularly the 1870s and 1880s.
— Paul Hume (1956)

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Jump start your rehearsal
published 12 October 2013 by Veronica Brandt

983 choirs IRED OF CHATTER pushing rehearsal time back? A few polite greetings is fine, but sometimes it can be hard to get people to put away the news of the day and get ready to sing. Cut the small talk and get stuck into the task at hand with this ancient “Oration before quire practice.” The leader has only to intone the first word to signal the singers to take up the antiphon.

Repleatur os meum laude tua, ut possim cantare – May my mouth be filled with thy praises that I may sing. The words come from the Psalms. There follows a versicle and response, then a collect invoking Saints Gregory and Cecilia.

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Chant score here

How do you start your rehearsals?