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.
We have an exciting programme of concerts planned for 2023 and will soon be publicising details of our first concert for the year.
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 performing Patrick Shepherd’s Elegy for a fallen city following the Christchurch earthquakes.