Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Byzantine Melodists

Byzantine Melodists is a newly established choir in the British Isles whose main objective is to promote Byzantine Chant as a distinct musical genre through concerts and workshops. It is made up of professional chanters and musicians (most of whom are chanters in Greek Orthodox Churches within the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain).

Despite being a new choir it has had, already, numerous performances in various locations within the United Kingdom, including St. Clement's Church in Islington, St. Luke's Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Glasgow, The Hellenic Centre, whilst it is fair to say that a great moment for the choir was the Christmas performance at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, which is the Church that the Queen of England visits when she is in Scotland. However, the choir has also attended countless Vigils, Liturgies and Vespers not only in London, where its members are based, but also in other areas of Britain. 
The choir also has a site where one can see any news concerning the Byzantine Melodists. Additionally samples of previous performances are found there too.
(The videos here are from the choir's performance on the 25th of March 2012 at the Hellenic Centre, which was organised by the Peloponnesian Association of Great Britain, celebrating the Greek Independence Day).

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