News and Opinion

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 […]

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 […]