CARMINA EX RUINAS, (composed 2018/19) is a musical drama set in Lewes, Sussex, 1538. The inspiration came from walking among the ruins of the Saint Pancras, Cluniac monastery that have somehow persevered since the HRHviii Dissolution.


C A R M I N A   E X   R U I N A S (Songs From The Ruins)

A new work composed during 2018/19.


Soprano Solo, Plain Chants, SATB                                                  

Flute Obbligato, Oboe & Cor. Obbligato,                           

Violin, Violoncello & Bass

Synthesizer + prescribed Samples                                         


Drums & Percussion,                                 


PRAELUDIUM: Solo flute. The Song-thrush in the church bell tower.


SEKUNDUS: ET IN TERRA PAX HOMINIBUS - Back on dry land at last!

TRIBUS: DE PROFUNDIS - The Dissolution has begun. Fires around the foundations.

QUARTEM - SALVE REGINA - A cacophony of street musicians, townfolk beying for the walls to tumble.

QUINTUS: DICIT DOMINUS - The miracle at Cana remembered.

SEXTUS: AGNUS DEI - Saving the bell.

SEPTEM: CHRISTUS FACTUS EST, RESURREXIT  - Prayers and flight from the Plague.

OCTEM: JUBILATE DEO - The walk to Chichester - The 3 riders approach.

NOVEM: KYRIE - Giving thanks for safe return to France.

Synopsis: Our protagonist Monk arrives in Seaford after a harrowing sail across the Channel. 1538 and March the 24th: The Priory Monastery is being routed by the Sappers. A song Thrush is trapped in the Grand Chapel. He attempts to rescue the bird. Meanwhile, the sappers systematically destroy the place where he grew up as a boy.

He retreats into music for solace. All of this is reported by a stranger who is from the present day, unconscious, trapped in his car on the A27, awaiting the rescue services.The songs on the car radio fade from pop to Gregorian Chant... et al

Praeludium_Song_Thrush_mix_03Roland Bryce
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