About

Schola Cantorum of Christchurch celebrated its 25th jubilee year in 2012. Founded in 1987 by Harry Abbenhuis to preserve and perform the rich tradition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Music, the choir performs in concerts and church services, a cappella and with orchestras, mediaeval instrument groups or other choirs.

Coming soon:
Our next performance is on Wednesday 9 June 2021, when we are singing at  ‘Wednesday at One’

Wednesday at One is a popular weekly lunchtime recital series, from 1.10 pm till 2 pm each Wednesday in the Catholic Pro-Cathedral, 373 Manchester Street, Christchurch.

A light lunch is available before each concert.

Currently we are seeking new members of the choir – see here

Schola Cantorum has sung in concerts conducted by Sir David Wilcox and many other well-known conductors.  It has performed complete concerts of mediaeval plainchant (Gregorian chant), such as a plainchant setting of the Ferial Versicles and Responses, part of the evensong church service, and a concert of Easter-time plainchant. Schola Cantorum also sings the rich tradition of early secular music – rounds, madrigals and other forms from many countries, as well as “crossing over” into more modern territory, such as currently performing Patrick Shepherd’s Elegy for a fallen city.

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a choir in Christchurch, New Zealand