The Victoria Consort
Benjamin Bevan and Thomas Neal Directors
Canterbury Gregorian Music Society
Helen Nattrass Director
Dr. Mark Bateson Narrator
In 1215, the murder of Thomas Becket was still within living memory for the citizens of Canterbury. Pilgrimage was in the ascendant, occasioning the need for a bigger Shrine for St. Thomas’s relics, though this would not be ready until 1220. With Magna Carta, the rule of law and justice for all seemed to gain assent at the highest levels. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Cardinal Stephen Langton, had been the driving force behind the first draft; the final version was signed at Windsor on 15 June 1215.
The Victoria Consort and Canterbury Gregorian Music Society present a programme of plainchant and polyphony in honour of St. Thomas Becket. Narration and readings attest to the significance of Magna Carta and the growing cult of St. Thomas. An hour-long concert in the atmospheric setting of the Cathedral crypt, the original site of St. Thomas’s shrine.
Tickets from Festival Website www.canterburyfestival.co.uk or Festival Box Office 01227787787