Schola Cantorum Of Oxford


Schola Cantorum is Oxford University’s longest running chamber choir. Since it’s foundation as The Collegium Musicum Oxoniense, in 1960 by Laszlo Heltay, the choir’s commitment to the development of young talent has been evidenced by the numbers of former singers who have gone on to a professional career, these include Emma Kirkby, Ian Bostridge and Jane Glover. Schola’s continual success stems from a long line of eminent conductors including Andrew Parrott, Nicholas Cleobury, Ivor Bolton and Jeremy Summerly. It was in 1964, under the direction of John Byrt that the choir acquired its current name, Schola Cantorum. Throughout it’s history Schola has worked with many eminent musicians including Leonard Bernstein, Gustav Leonhardt, Sir Colin Davis and Sir Neville Marriner, as well as Britten, Tippett and Stravinsky in performances of their own music. Schola continues to work closely with composers in the performance of new music. Recent collaborations have included Roxanna Panufnik, Per Norgard, Anthony Pitts, Quentin Thomas. Schola recently commissioned Roderick Williams to compose a complete setting of the choral evensong service in a jazz style. The Oxford Blues Service was performed live on BBC Radio 3 on June 21st 2007. In April 2005 Schola celebrated its 45th birthday with a performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor in Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre. The current choir welcomed back over a hundred former members, as well as patron Emma Kirkby. Reviews commented that the...

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