The project focuses on study, philological research on European musical manuscripts developing the analysis of the relations between oral tradition, secular tradition and written sources as these last are mainly related to the liturgic repertoire of the Mass and the Office. The project involves institutions providing vocational education in the field of Music and Culture as colleges and profit & non-profit organizations which work in this specific area. The target group are professionals in the sector of early music as: researchers, directors, musicians and singers. The project will characterize as a workshop based on a continuous exchange of experiences between teachers/trainers and participants to improve their professional skills and competences and to enlarge their professional opportunities. Moreover it will improve the quality and increase the volume of cooperation between institutions which are interested in studying and performing early music and need higher & innovative degree of professionalism. By comparing and sharing their knowledge and experience partners will discuss training methods and their effectiveness and examine in depth issues of interpretation and performance practice of early music to develop a common study method. During the study of the repertoire indeed an alternative style of performance practice will be developed which relates to the indications of sources from a special point of view: the contributions of parameters from the study of NEUMES for the performance of later sources (materials for studies should be chosen by each partner from local chant traditions). Project activities can be divided into three stages: choice of contents to develop; research and transcription of codes; mobility, and will take place from August 2013 to July 2015.
Consortium Vocale Oslo´s special contribution to the project has been the study and dissemination of St. Olav Mass according to academic research standard. In addition, the Consortium Vocale with Graces and Voices, Musikhochschule Graz, Austria, recorded a CD with St. Olav Mass that has an innovative interpretation as well as a unified tradition borne manuscript interpretation.