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.

Please Note our July 2022 concert has been rescheduled: It will now be on Sunday 21 August 2pm at Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House, 83 Clyde Road, Ilam, Christchurch.

“Feathered Friends and Flying Fancies”: a collection of creatures from typical to magical.
Schola Cantorum presents a musical menagerie of madrigals, conducted by Courtney Hickmott with accompanist Denis Guyan
Join us to celebrate the animals and insects on our lovely planet, with songs from the last 500 years.

Admission $20. Children under 16 free.

Email scholacan@gmail.com to reserve your ticket.
Parking information here: https://visitheritage.co.nz/visit/upper-south-island/kate-sheppard-house/visit

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.

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