News and Opinion

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 […]

The uncertain future of Westminster Cathedral Choir

Followers of church music news will be aware of the recent crisis at Westminster Cathedral, following the announcement that full-time boarding for choristers was to be abolished last year, with the consequent reduction of the full daily choral liturgy in the Cathedral, cut back in rehearsal time and subsequent resignation of the Master of Music, Martin […]

Iain Simcock and the Schola Gregoriana

Iain Simcock was organ scholar at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and Christ Church, Oxford, before being appointed Sub-Organist at Westminster Abbey and, for seven years, Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral. He was the first British prize-winner in the Chartres International Organ Competition, as well as prizewinner in competitions in St. Omer and […]