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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.

What’s new: Now that we’re in Level 1, we’re delighted to be able to announce our next concert:

Friday 24 July, 5.20pm at The Piano, 156 Armagh Street
‘With comrades brave and true’: Celebrating songs that Kate Sheppard sang
Kate Sheppard was not just a suffragist: she was also a fine musician who loved singing (sometimes as the soloist) with the choirs in her neighbourhood of Riccarton during the 1880s and 1890s.  Our concert is selected from the programmes of concerts that Kate sang in, along with a few other songs by composers of the period.  Victorian part-songs, and glees are not often heard these days, but we hope you enjoy listening to these 19th century gems as much as we enjoyed learning them.

Admission is $10 for all adults.  Children under 16 no charge.


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