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The Schola's plans in 2019-20

There is an exciting year ahead for the Schola.

Work has already begun in earnest, with 34 of the boys currently involved in rehearsals for Massenet's Werther at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The opening night is Tuesday 17 September.

On Tuesday 8 October the Schola sings a programme of Bach and Vivaldi at St John's Smith Square. Tickets are available from

The Schola travels to Paris on November 14 to sing a concert at Cathédrale Saint-Louis-des-Invalides. The concert is to be broadcast live on French Radio and is linked to the Schola's forthcoming CD on the Evidence Classics label.

This academic year will also see the launch of another recording by the Schola, a collection of British Choral Music which, as well as music by Elgar, Britten and others, contains the first recording of the motet composed for the Schola in 2014 by Sir James MacMillan, one of the choir's patrons.

The Schola will sing a service of Remembrance at Holy Trinity, Sloane Square on Sunday 10 November and will also sing at Westminster Cathedral on a number of occasions, including a service for Aid to the Church in Need marking Red Wednesday, 27 November, and for Saturday evening Vigil Masses on the Feast of Christ the King (23 November), 29 February and 25 April.

On Thursday 5 December the Schola will give its annual performance of Handel's Messiah at Holy Trinity, Sloane Square.

The Annual Carol Service is on Wednesday 18 December at Our Lady of Victories in Kensington.

After Christmas the Schola, founded in 1980, celebrates its Fortieth Birthday with a major concert at Cadogan Hall, the School's first concert in this beautiful hall for ten years. The choir is to be joined that evening by renowned baritone Roderick Williams OBE, who, as well as singing alongside the Schola, is also to write a new work to mark the occasion.

On April 21 the Schola returns to Westminster Abbey and will sing Evensong at 5.30 pm. On the 4 June the choir gives a concert of music by Bruckner and MacMillan at St James', Piccadilly. And the year is set to end back at Covent Garden with performances of Puccini's Tosca in Juy, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano.

There are some further very exciting possibilities in the pipeline besides these events and so keep checking back for the latest news, and please sign up for our newsletter on the front page of this website.

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