Music of the Sarum Office.   


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The Sarum Liturgy of the Western Church developed through the period 1066-1558, and was used throughout much of Britain and parts of North-Western Europe.  Sources for this Use exist in a considerable number of manuscripts as well as a large number of printed editions dating from the late 15th and early 16th centuries.  Under the rule of Elizabeth I, the Sarum Use was finally abolished and replaced (in England) by the Book of Common Prayer.  In the past two decades, Nick Sandon has published the greater part of the music of the Sarum mass in a fine series of editions published by Antico Music.  The Gregorian Institute of Canada has now begun the publication of the Music of the Sarum Office, containing the full text and music of all the services of the office for all Sundays, Week-days, Feasts and Fasts of the Year and Saints Days.  This edition, comprising approximately 5000 pages of text and music, will in the first instance be published serially in PDF format.  Each installment, which will contain approximately 250 pages of the edition, will be reviewed for content and accuracy by an Advisory Board before publication.    Publication began in January 2006.  New installments are published every six months.


In 2010 we embarked upon a new venture, an English Edition of the Music of the Sarum Office.  The language will conform to that of the Book of Common Prayer and the King James Bible.  The English Edition will be available in two formats, Scholarly and Performing.  The Scholarly Edition will be essentially a faithful English Rendering of the Latin Edition.  The Performing Edition will facilitate performance by streamlining the rubrics, and by adapting the material where necessary.  We hope to begin publishing these editions in the latter part of 2010.



Latin Edition             English Edition


The Gregorian Institute of Canada, affiliated with McMaster University School of the Arts is grateful to have the support of two Advisory Boards which comprise scholars and musicians of international reputation:

For the Latin Edition (from 2006-)

Dr. Terence Bailey, Professor Emeritus, University of Western Ontario, Director of CANTUS chant database.

Dr. Susan Boynton, Professor of Music, Columbia University, Musical Director of SARUM.

Dr. Giles Bryant, Past President, the Gregorian Association of Canada, Organist Emeritus of St. Mary Magdalene, Toronto, and St. James’ Cathedral, Toronto.

Dr. Margot Fassler, Professor of Music, Director of the Institute for Sacred Music, Yale University.

Dr. Bryan Gillingham, Professor of Music, Director, Institute of Medieval Music, Carleton University.

Dr. Helene La Rue, Director, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University.  (2006-07)  

Rev. Aidan Keller, St. John Cassian Press. (2008-).

John Hackney III, Atlanta GA. (2008-)

For the English Edition (from 2010-)

Rev. Anthony Chadwick, Anglican Catholic Chaplaincy of Saint Mary the Virgin, Normandy, France

Dr. Joseph Dyer, Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston (retired)

Professor John Harper, Director, International Centre for Sacred Music Studies, Bangor University, North Wales

Michael LaRue, K.M., S.T.M., M.S., Philadelphia, PA

Dr. William Mahrt, Professor of Music, Stanford University

Fr. Boniface Ramsey, O.P. Saint Joseph’s, Yorkville, NYC.

Rev. Canon Robert J. Wright, St. Mark’s Professor of Ecclesiastical History, General Theological Seminary, NYC.


Enquiries: Dr William Renwick Professor of Music, McMaster University