We hope you find the Schola Gregoriana website useful. By using the tabs above, you will be able to access any posts of forthcoming events and also read accounts of past activities.
Gregorian Chant Workshop
Our Director, Iain Simcock, has been invited to run one-day chant workshops by
Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution. All are welcome to attend. For further information
click on the Events tab above.
A Century of Chant Recordings
Having recently drawn attention to the new recording of music for Christmas Matins, Sancta Nox, it seems appropriate to take a look at the evolution of Gregorian Chant recordings generally.
Click on News and Opinion tab above for the full story
Sancta Nox: Matins for Christmas
A new recording of chant and polyphony for Christmas Matins by The Seminarians of Saint Peter, Wigratzbad, has almost sold out! There are still a few copies of the CD available in the UK and the tracks are also available as a download. Click on ‘News & Opinion’ tab above for more information.
The role of the Organ in the Liturgy
As new restrictions are about to be imposed thanks to the pandemic, readers might like to take a moment to ponder an uplifting reflection, for the start of the new liturgical year, on the role of the organ (and the organist) in the liturgy by Schola Gregoriana Director, Iain Simcock. Click on the News and Opinion tab (above) for the full text…
Schola Gregoriana contribution to:
Thomas Becket: Murder and the Making of a Saint
British Museum: 20 May to 22 August 2021
The Schola’s recording of the Unfinished Vespers HAVPCD 192 is to form the aural backdrop to this exciting new exhibition.
There are a number of events in May designed to provide further infomation; full details available at:
POSTPONEMENT of Portsmouth Gregorian Chant Course 2020-2021
Due to the present Covid situation, with uncertainties and restrictions preventing many people from attending the Portsmouth Chant Course in person, the organisers reluctantly announce that the course will not proceed as originally scheduled on Saturday 19 December 2020. Given that similar uncertainties pertain to the immediate future, it has been decided that rather than delay the start by a few weeks, we will postpone the course until further notice.
We are very grateful for the support of the Schola Gregoriana and the Marian Franciscan Friars; the LMS; and the parish priest, Fr Maunder, and trustees of St Agatha’s church, Portsmouth. In particular we would like to thank all those who signed up to join all or part of the course, either in person or by Zoom. We will be in touch with all participants individually to refund fees paid in advance.
We remain passionate about teaching the beauty and knowledge of singing Gregorian Chant to new followers and helping experienced singers develop their chant interpretative and performance skills.
We plan to relaunch the course in autumn 2021 and intend to announce details in early summer to give maximum notice for early bookings.
Organisers of the Portsmouth Chant Course
11 December 2020
Schola Gregoriana is delighted to be a partner this important new Gregorian Chant venture in Portsmouth.
Do check the Events page for further details (by clicking on the Events tab above).
Iain Simcock, the Director of Schola Gregoriana, has provided the following short introductory video clips for the Course:
Live video-stream from Le Barroux available again
The Benedictine monks of the Abbey of Le Barroux are once again providing a live video-stream for the daily conventual high Mass (preceded by the short office of Terce) in addition to their regular audio-stream of the daily Offices. A great opportunity to experience the perfection of the liturgy and the chant. Do take advantage of this now. The Mass is generally at 8.30am (weekdays) and 9.00am (Sundays and feast days); follow the link under Gregorian chant in the time of Coronavirus on this page.
Gregorian Chant in the time of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
No physical access to the liturgy during the epidemic does not mean that we are entirely excluded from it. Fortunately both sung Mass and the Divine Office are now available on-line. The following sites list churches and religious houses which provide live streaming – video or audio – (retained for a limited period as recorded files in case you miss the real-time transmission):
Schola Gregoriana Gregorian Chant Instruction 2019
Directed by Dr. Peter Wilton, B.Ed (Hons.) M.Mus
(Editor of chant for the Office of Vespers for Westminster Cathedral Choir)
Discover the profound beauty and infinite variety of this timeless music by learning to sing it.
From 6.30 (after end of Mass) to 8 pm.
Mondays 24th June, 29th July, 26th August, 23rd September, 28th October, 25th November
At St. James’s, Spanish Place, George Street, London, W1
(nearest tube station: Bond Street)
Study will include square notation, pre-stave neumes, interpretation, music for the Mass, daily offices, music for special occasions, psalmody and texts in different languages.
Anyone able to sing in tune is welcome, with or without chant experience.
Cost: £5 per evening