David Welch
Chanting start dates
Wed Apr 6, 2016 5:25pm

I agree, Anne, about the problems of generalising when we have to deal with churches ranging in size from those in large towns, small towns and villages. But it`s the churches that were large enough to have choirs that interest us.

Coming up with a date and time range for start of chanting in CoE churches in England would make a nice little research project.

With the search engines we now have into newspapers, and some expenditure to view the articles and check which actually report a start-up or praise a service, it wouldn`t be a big task.

I have just been into the BL Newspaper Collection, searching on "antiphonal chanting", and find for 50-year periods numbers of mentions:

1750-99 - 1
1800-49 - 131
1850-99 - 1078
1900-49 - 372

Without paying, I could glimpse a line or so of text, and saw several suggestive of the practice being novel enough to merit a mention and praise. These articles date from the 1840s to the 1870s, with a majority in the 1860s.

  • Re: Temperley has much information
    Anonymous, Tue Apr 5 7:55pm
    Chanting of Psalms An interesting book is 'The Choral Revival in the Anglican Church' by Bernarr [sic] Rainbow, Boydell Press, which charts the introduction of chanting the psalms quite well. I find... more
    • Chanting start dates
      David Welch, Wed Apr 6 5:25pm
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