News and Opinion

New Patron for Schola Gregoriana

  The Trustees of Schola Gregoriana are very pleased to announce that Martin Baker, former Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, has agreed to become a Patron. He joins Sir James MacMillan CBE, and the Abbot of Solesmes, Dom Geoffroy Kemlin. We look forward to introducing Martin to Associates at a Chant event in the […]

Dom Daniel Saulnier OSB

The Centre for Superior Renaissance Studies (CESR), University of Tours, announces, with great sadness, the death of Dom Daniel Saulnier OSB, at Tours on the 30th April 2023. Daniel Saulnier was trained as an engineer, at the National School of Public Works and worked from 1977 to 1980 at the Ministry for the Environment. Following […]

Patrons of Schola Gregoriana

The Trustees of Schola Gregoriana are delighted that the Abbot of Solesmes, Dom Geoffroy Kemlin, has kindly agreed to become a Patron. His predecessor, Dom Philippe Dupont has agreed to remain associated with the Schola by accepting the role of Patron Emeritus. The association with Solesmes, which dates back to the foundation of Schola Gregoriana by […]

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. I can recommend the survey undertaken by Jerome Weber – A Century of Chant Recordings. For anyone drawn to the spirit of Chant – and to exploring […]

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. Recorded in the magnificent church St Magnus Abbey, by Christopher Alder for […]

The role of the Organ in the Liturgy

Schola Gregoriana Director, Iain Simcock explains that whilst unaccompanied Chant remains the perfect medium for prayer in the liturgy, it simultaneously weaves its way into much of the wider repertoire of sacred music. The organ – with its almost limitless capacity to sustain and harmonise – provides a means to develop and build upon this […]

Schola Gregoriana Director, Iain Simcock, publishes new video interviews

Our Director, Iain Simcock, has been busy during the lockdown producing video performances of Bach keyboard works on his own harpsichord. Several of these performances are introduced by Iain himself and they can be viewed on YouTube. He has now turned his expertise to recorded video interviews with Eric Hruska reflecting on  his time as […]

Dr Mary Remnant

It is with regret that we announce that Dr Mary Remnant, a long-time Associate of the Schola, has died in a nursing home on the Isle of Wight.  A renowned specialist in the music of the Middle Ages, over the years she gave innumerable lectures and performances in her inimitable style, with slides and live performance […]

Mgr Antony Conlon

The Latin Mass Society reported the death of Mgr Conlon at a nursing home in Reading on Sunday 19 April 2020. Mgr Conlon will be fondly remembered by many Associates of Schola Gregoriana in his  role as National Chaplain to the LMS for whom he celebrated countless Masses in London and the south east. He […]