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: Response to Covid 19
As of March 2020 Schola Cantorum has, regretfully, gone into recess and our performances for 2020 have been postponed. We are now exploring ways of continuing to practise online as a group and as soon as we’re able, we ‘ll perform the programme which we were planning to present in May.
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.