My work with Cistercian plainchant has been mostly associated with the feminine house of São Bento de Cástris, near Évora, whose musical sources (chantbooks) I have studied in 2014-15 in the project ORFEUS. These were 16th/17th-century and 18th-century in a total of 13 choirbooks.
I have been also associated with the organization of the Cistercian Residency (Residência Cisterciense) S. Bento de Cástris, a two-day conference that takes place in the monastery’s church in the third weekend of September, also with exhibitions, and two wonderful lunches of Alentejo traditional food in the outside. I began participating since the first edition in 2013 where presented a paper on the office of Matins music for the feast of St Bernard in a 13th-century choirbook from the monastery of S. Pedro and S. Paulo of Arouca. It was published in a book comprising the presentations of the first and second editions of the Residency. The feast of St Bernard has occupied a great deal of my work in S. Bento de Cástris and in the second edition of the Residency (2014) I presented a brief musical moment with plainchant for this feast where the video below comes, with an Alleluia from choirbook Mús. Lit. n.º 33 (a 16th-century Sanctoral Gradual).
This work was included in a section of the CD we recorded with the Ensemble Eborensis for the project ORFEUS which is a reconstruction of a mass for the feast of St Bernard (proper and ordinary) from choirbook Mús. Lit. n.º 33.