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The Choral Tradition of Salisbury: A Concert with Commentary Featuring the Salisbury Cathedral Choir
In this special Continuing Studies program, the choir will perform music spanning
the centuries from the cathedral’s founding in 1091 to today, with introductions and
context provided by Stanford’s expert on medieval music and liturgy. A special focus
of the program will be the Sarum Rite, a formal liturgy developed
in Salisbury after the Norman Conquest in 1066 and used throughout Britain and parts
of northern and western Europe for hundreds of years until the Reformation.
In the early days, the music in Salisbury Cathedral was performed by two groups of musicians, the Vicars Choral and the Choristers. Today it is performed by sixteen boy choristers and sixteen girl choristers aged eight to thirteen, and six Lay Vicars. The Cathedral Choir sings a full choral Evensong every day, plus two Sunday morning services. It also performs regularly for the BBC, records albums, and has toured throughout the UK and Europe. This is the Choir’s fourth visit to the US.
David Halls, Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral
In addition to leading the choir and all aspects of music in Salisbury Cathedral, David Halls is a composer and an organ recitalist in cathedrals and churches throughout Britain. He has recorded two solo albums and a DVD.
William Mahrt, Associate Professor of Music, Stanford
The Choir will be joined for this program by William Mahrt, who teaches the theory and practice of medieval and Renaissance music and directs the Stanford Early Music Singers. He is an internationally known expert on the Sarum Rite.