In 2014, the Netherlands Chamber Choir was rehearsing a Psalm set by Benjamin Britten in Amsterdam’s Waalse Kerk. Not far from where they sang, Managing Director Tido Visser was viewing the church’s exhibition about the history of its adjoining monastery. It was there he learnt that in the late-15th and early-16th centuries, its monks used to recite all 150 Psalms over the course of a single day. When that became impractical, the 150 recitations began to take place over...

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