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Schola Cantorum of Oxford
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Schola Cantorum of Oxford

Schola Cantorum of Oxford is one of the most long-established and widely known chamber choirs in the UK. Founded by the conductor László Heltay in 1960 as the Collegium Musicum Oxoniense, Schola Cantorum has worked with many highly respected musicians, including former patrons Sir Michael Tippett and Yehudi Menuhin, as well as Leonard Bernstein, Gustav Leonhart, Sir Colin Davis and Sir Neville Marriner. Current distinguished patrons of the choir include Emma Kirkby (a former member), John Mark Ainsley and the choir’s former conductor Andrew Parrott. Schola Cantorum is comprised of around thirty singers, most of whom sing with the choir while they are students at Oxford University. Studying a wide range of academic subjects including music, the choir members rehearse during university term-times, perform regularly in Oxford and give concerts all over the UK.

In addition to its long recording history, the choir has developed a formidable international reputation, and in recent years has given concert tours of Mexico, Argentina, Italy, Israel, Spain and France. In 2007 they became the first choir from a British university to tour in China, giving concerts in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and the new Oriental Arts Centre in Shanghai. In 2008 they appeared as guest artists at the 43rd International Festival Wratislavia Cantans in Wroclaw, Poland.

Schola Cantorum has frequently appeared on radio and television in the UK and abroad. In 2006 the choir commissioned The Oxford Blues Service, a jazz setting of the service of Evensong by Roderick Williams which they performed live on BBC Radio 3. A jazz Matins service followed in 2007 which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In 2008 the choir featured in John Bridcut’s BBC film The Passions of Vaughan Williams in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the composer’s death.

Many generation of former choir members are in touch with the choir and support its activities. The choir would be delighted to hear from any who have fallen out of touch.


Children of our time
HYP41Super-budget price sampler
Maw: One foot in Eden still, I stand & other choral works
Rautavaara: Choral Music
Thompson: The Peaceable Kingdom & other choral works

Complete works available for download

In the silence of the nightwith Jeremy Summerly (conductor)
Five Madrigals to poems by e e cummingswith Jeremy Summerly (conductor)
NICHOLAS MAW (1935-2009)
Balulalowwith Mark Shepherd (conductor)
Corpus Christi Carolwith Lois Gallagher (soprano), Emily Bradshaw (soprano), Simon Jones (piano), Mark Shepherd (conductor)
Five Epigramswith Mark Shepherd (conductor)
Five Irish Songs
One foot in Eden still, I standwith Mark Shepherd (conductor)
Our Lady's songwith Mark Shepherd (conductor)
Swete Jesuwith Mark Shepherd (conductor)
The angel Gabrielwith Lois Gallagher (soprano), Mark Shepherd (conductor)
Three Hymnswith Mark Shepherd (conductor), Jeremy Filsell (organ)
Ave verum corpuswith Jeremy Summerly (conductor)
Amore langueowith Rebecca Outram (soprano), Jeremy Summerly (conductor)
Canción de nuestro tiempowith James Burton (conductor)
Canticum Mariae virginiswith James Burton (conductor)
Die erste Elegiewith James Burton (conductor)
Halavan himmeän alla 'In the shade of the willow'with James Burton (conductor)
Magnificatwith James Burton (conductor)
Our joyful'st feastwith James Burton (conductor)
Suite de Lorcawith James Burton (conductor)
Eres …with Jeremy Summerly (conductor)
Alleluiawith James Burton (conductor)
Fare Wellwith James Burton (conductor)
Mass of the Holy Spiritwith James Burton (conductor)
The last invocationwith James Burton (conductor)
The Peaceable Kingdomwith James Burton (conductor)
Five Negro Spirituals from 'A child of our time'with Jeremy Summerly (conductor)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Alleluia (Thompson)
Amore langueo (Pott)
Andrew Turner  
As father Adam first was fool'd  
At the last, tenderly  
Ave maris stella  
Ave verum corpus (O'Neill)
Balulalow (Maw)
Below thir stanes lie Jamie's banes  
But these are they that forsake the Lord – For ye shall go out with joy  
By and by  
Canción de jinete  
Canción de nuestro tiempo (Rautavaara)
Canticum Mariae virginis (Rautavaara)
Ciudad sin sueño  
Con la rueda, el aceite, el cuero y el martillo  
Corpus Christi Carol (Maw)
Cuando sale la luna  
Dear dark head  
Deep river  
Die erste Elegie (Rautavaara)
Down in yon forest there stands a hall  
El grito  
El Tiempo  
Eres … (Rodrigues)
Evening Hymn  
Fare Well (Thompson)
Fecit potentiam  
Five Epigrams (Maw)
Five Irish Songs (Maw)
Five Madrigals to poems by e e cummings (Edgley Smith)
Five Negro Spirituals from 'A child of our time' (Tippett)
For thee I shall not die  
Fragmentos de agonía  
Go down, Moses  
Halavan himmeän alla 'In the shade of the willow' (Rautavaara)
Happy choristers of air  
Have ye not known?  
Here lies, now a prey to insulting neglect  
Howl ye  
I shall not die for thee  
Ikävyys 'Melancholy'  
In seventeen hunder' and forty nine  
In the silence of the night (Byrchmore)
Jesu, swete sone dere!  
La elipse de un grito  
La luna asoma  
La muerte  
Laulu oravasta 'Song of the squirrel'  
love is more thicker than forget  
Magnificat (Rautavaara)
Makeasti oravainen 'Slumber sweetly, little squirrel'  
Mass of the Holy Spirit (Thompson)
Meditación primera y última  
Mi hämäryys, mikävyys 'What gloominess, what misery'  
Morning Hymn  
No duerme nadie por el cielo. Nadie, nadie  
Nobody knows  
Now i lay(with everywhere around)  
Now Robin likes in his last lair  
o by the by  
O my deir heart, young Jesus sweit  
On a henpecked country squire  
On a lady famed for her caprice  
On a noisy polemic  
On the death of Robert Ruisseaux  
One foot in Eden still, I stand (Maw)
Our joyful'st feast (Rautavaara)
Our Lady's song (Maw)
Pastoral Hymn  
Popular song  
Put your head, darling  
Quia respexit – Et misericordia  
Ringleted youth of my love  
Say ye to the righteous  
Steal away  
Suite de Lorca (Rautavaara)
Suscepit Israel  
Swete Jesu (Maw)
Sydämeni laulu 'Song of my heart'  
That winter love spoke and we raise no objection, at  
The angel Gabriel (Maw)
The last invocation (Thompson)
The night is come like to the day  
The noise of a multitude  
The paper reeds by the brooks  
The Peaceable Kingdom (Thompson)
Thou knowest my lying down  
Three Easter Anthems (Pitts)
Three Hymns (Maw)
Tuonen lehto, öinen lehto! 'Grove of Tuoni, grove nocturnal!'  
Wer, wenn ich schriee, hörte mich denn aus der Engel  
Were I at the Moss House where the birds do increase  
what a proud dreamhorse  
What's this morn's bright eye to me  
Woe unto them  
Ye shall have a song