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Gregoriana Amsterdam is a (small) vocal ensemble specialized in the performance of the so-called Gregorian chant, one the oldest known musical repertoires of some substance of Western Europe. The base for Gregoriana’s performance practice is formed by the oldest known manuscripts in which the repertory has been preserved with musical notation, and besides among other things by medieval treatises about music. As much as possible the ensemble uses self-made reconstructions and transcriptions of the repertory. Since March 2014 especially from the tenth-century Mozarabic León antiphoner.
Gregoriana Amsterdam was founded in 2002 by Reinier van der Lof. Gregoriana sings in the church liturgy, gives concerts, delivers lectures illustrated by sung music examples and holds workshops. In order to give optimal expression to the beauty of Gregorian chant, a church with good acoustics is preferred. Gregoriana’s home is the Amsterdam church the Papegaai (the Parrot), (until Sep 2019 Obrechtchurch), where we celebrate Gregorian Vespers each first and third Saturday and Holy Mass each first Sunday (see agenda). Gregoriana's director is Geert Maessen.