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VON NÜRNBERG NACH GAlWAY (FROM NUREMBERG TO GAlWAY) The musical heritage of medieval Scottish monasteries

In the Middle Ages, they embarked on an arduous, adventurous and uncertain journey to mainland Europe: Irish Benedictine monks. And because at that time the Irish were known as “Scotti” in Latin, the most distinctive trails they left behind are the “Scottish monasteries”.

One of these was built in Nuremberg in 1140 – St. Egidien. These monks were strange to the people of Nuremberg with their dark robes and unusual tonsure. But they integrated well: the Scottish monasteries soon became an important network for encounters, exchange and cultural fusion. And so this old chapter of Nuremberg’s city history speaks to us with stirring presence.

Maria Jonas, a leading expert on the music of the Middle Ages, together with music historian Ann Buckley from Dublin, has embarked on a fascinating search on the trail of Nuremberg’s Irish “Scots”. The results will be presented in a concert at the Egidienkirche church.

the group Ars Choralis Coeln
Ars Choralis Coeln
the group the Amra Schola
The Amra Schola

As a special addition, a workshop will be held to accompany this concert. Together with Maria Jonas (singer/Cologne) and Ann Buckley (musicologist/Dublin) some Gregorian songs and psalms will be learned and the exciting background of this music will be unlocked.

We are looking for singers to take part!



Active participation for semi-professional and professional singers with ensemble experience.


Concert as part of the ION music festival

With Ars Choralis Coeln and The Amra Schola

Vocals & conduct: Maria Jonas, Ann Buckley 

  • Location: St. Egidien

SONGLINES – VON NÜRNBERG NACH GALWAY is an Irish-German joint project of the Irish ensemble The Amra Schola, conducted by Ann Buckley, and the Cologne-based ensemble Ars Choralis Coeln, conducted by Maria Jonas.

It is also a collaboration between two European cities, the European Capital of Culture Galway 2020, where the premiere will be held as the launch event for the Galway Early Music Festival, and the city of Nuremberg, which is bidding for the title of European Capital of Culture Nuremberg 2025. SONGLINES – VON NÜRNBERG NACH GALWAY will be performed there as part of the ION music festival.


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