The Choral Tradition of Salisbury: A Concert with Commentary, a special Stanford Continuing Studies program on Tuesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Church, the Salisbury Cathedral Choir will perform music spanning the centuries from the cathedral’s founding in 1091 to today, with introductions and context provided by William Mahrt, Associate Professor of Music. Professor Mahrt, who teaches the theory and practice of medieval and Renaissance music and directs the Stanford Early Music Singers, is an internationally known expert on 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.
The Salisbury Cathedral Choir — sixteen boy choristers and sixteen girl choristers, aged eight to thirteen, and six Lay Vicars — 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 U.S.