Aled Jones explores all things choral. Aled learns how plainchant, an ancient form of singing, has inspired composers including Robert Whyte, Holst and Roxanna Panufnik.
Aled Jones takes a look at plainchant, from the middle ages to the present day. The influence of plainchant can be heard in works by sixteenth century composers like Robert Whyte. Subsequently, it became less often heard, until the nineteenth century, when this ancient form of singing was revived by the monks of Solesmes Abbey in France. Since then different forms of chant have inspired a diverse range of composers including Holst, John Tavener and Roxanna Panufnik to draw on its melodic lines.