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- n. A person who sings the responses to a precentor in a cathedral
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A subchanter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music: One who sings a lower or bass part.
- n. A precentor's deputy; a subchanter charged with the performance of the precentor's duties in his absence or under his direction. Also subcantor, subchanter.
- n. An inciter.
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She was ordained in 1997 in the Diocese of London where in addition to her parish duties she served as Secretary of the ecumenical body Churchlink West London and as an alternate succentor at St Paul's Cathedral.
The chapter acts of the cathedral for 12 March 1544 mention ‘Jacobus Clement Pbro’ presbyter, and on 26 March Clemens was nominated succentor ‘per modum probae’; the fact that he had to pass a proficiency examination indicates that he was hardly known.
In 1460 we find him in the post of “succentor” or deputy precentor at Orleans Cathedral, where he became choirmaster in 1463.
Clemens was succentor at Bruges Cathedral from March 1544 until June 1545.
During his adult career he held positions, often short-lived and variously as choirmaster or succentor, at churches or cathedrals in Bergen op Zoom, Cambrai, Bruges, and Antwerp.
In April 1504 he was appointed ‘master of song or succentor and master of the choirboys’ at St Rombout's in Mechelen.
Later that month he was installed in the residence of the late choirmaster and in July was confirmed by the chapter as succentor.
Mass (the succentor performing a similar office to the canons and clerks); recruited and taught the choir, directed its rehearsals and supervised its official functions; interpreted the rubrics and explained the ceremonies, ordered in a general way the Divine Office and sometimes composed desired hymns, sequences, and lessons of saints.
In addition to the special members of a chapter already mentioned there are usually appointed the following, in order to secure well-ordered services: precentor, sacristan, cancellor, succentor, punctator, hebdomadarian.
He was a professor for many years, canon of the cathedral, and would seem to have had also the office of cantor or succentor.