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Schola Cantorum of Oxford


Schola Cantorum of Oxford is one of the longest established and most widely known chamber choirs in the UK. Founded by conductor László Heltay in 1960 as 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 Leonhardt, John Nelson, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Mark Elder, and Sir Neville Marriner.

Schola Cantorum comprises around thirty singers, most of whom are students at Oxford University. Studying a broad variety of subjects across the Humanities and Sciences, the choir’s members rehearse during term, and regularly perform in Oxford and elsewhere. The choir has developed a noteworthy international reputation, having given concerts in recent years in Argentina, China, France, Italy, Israel, Malta, Mexico, Spain and USA.

Schola Cantorum has enjoyed a long history of recordings. In 2008, the choir recorded music by American composer Randall Thompson on the Hyperion label, followed by recording of works by the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara in 2010. Schola Cantorum’s most recent CD, Oculi Omnium (2015) is a celebration of England’s choral tradition and features pieces by Howells, Stanford, and the choir’s previous conductor James Burton. The choir has frequently appeared on UK and international radio and television, and has featured in several of John Bridcut’s BBC films.

In addition to their regular series of concerts in Oxford, recent highlights have included a tour of Mexico in 2016, featuring two performances with the Mexican Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional at the Palacio des Bellas Artes alongside four young Mexican soloists and further concerts in the Teatro del Bicentinario in Léon, Santo Domingo Church in Mexico City and the Teatro Angela Peralta in San Miguel.

Steven Grahl took over from James Burton as Conductor of Schola Cantorum in July 2017 and the choir already has an exciting season of concerts planned for 2017-18.

Last updated: Jul 2019