Monday, July 26, 2010

A Sister Act of a different sort ... Benedictine, to be precise

Get ready for a little peace, quiet and tranquility through the Gregorian sounds of some soon-to-be-famous Benedictine Nuns as it seems they've signed a major record deal with Decca Records. CBC News reports:
The British label announced Sunday that the Benedictine nuns of the Abbaye de Notre Dame de l'Annonciation near Avignon were chosen after a worldwide search for female Gregorian chant performers...

..."We never sought this, it came looking for us," the Rev. Mother Abbess told Agence-France Presse.

"At first we were worried it would affect our cloistered life, so we asked St. Joseph in prayer. Our prayers were answered and we thought that this album would be a good thing if it touches people's lives and helps them find peace."

Tom Lewis, head of Decca's talent division, said his department had to pick through entries from more than 70 convents in Europe, South Africa and the U.S.

"When you hear the sound of nuns chanting, it's like an immediate escape from the challenges, stresses, pace and noise of modern living," noted Lewis back in March when Decca, an arm of Universal Music, posted the search notice.

"This is a sound of something ancient, unchanging and timeless."

Twenty-six out of the 28 nuns will sing on the record, Voices – Chant from Avignon, due out in November. A recording studio will be set up in a building on the abbey grounds...
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