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.
Our final performance for 2019 will be an early-evening concert at the Philip Carter Family Concert Hall @ the Piano, 156 Armagh Street on Tuesday 3 December at 5.30pm, with the theme of ‘An Early Christmas’. The programme includes music from the last thousand years: plainchant, polyphony, carols from many nations and modern arrangements of traditional pieces. Admission is $10 for adults: Children under 12 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.