Sacred Treasures of Christmas

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SACRED TREASURES OF CHRISTMAS is a new recording from the boys of the London Oratory Schola, directed by Charles Cole. The Schola is one of the top boys’ choirs in the world and sings at the London Oratory. The boys, aged 8-18, are all pupils at The London Oratory School.

The Choir’s Director, Charles Cole said: “We are delighted to present our newest album which we recorded earlier this year. ‘Sacred Treasures of Christmas’ focuses on some of the most iconic polyphonic works written for the Christmas liturgy. These motets, rendered so beautifully by the greatest masters of the Renaissance, capture the awe, mystery and effusive joy of the Nativity.”

Sacred Treasures of Christmas, a sequence of music for Christmas, Epiphany and Candlemas, continues the ‘Sacred Treasures’ series, an anthology of sacred repertoire drawn from the liturgical motets which the boys sing at the London Oratory.

Charles Cole continued: “Through these recordings, the Schola seeks to bring to a wider audience the music which adorns the liturgies at the London Oratory. These motets have an important function within the liturgy and are not solely beautiful works of art to be appreciated in a removed context such as a museum or art gallery. Their sacred purpose, the way they are experienced by the boys who sing them, and the manner in which they are heard at the Oratory, are before all else within the liturgical context.”

The motets on the new album celebrate the Nativity itself, before moving on to the Feast of the Epiphany and the Adoration of the Magi, and concluding with the Purification of the Virgin. Amongst the composers represented are Victoria, Guerrero, Palestrina, Lassus, Clemens, Sheppard and Tallis.

Sacred Treasures of Christmas from London Oratory Schola on Vimeo.

For more information, visit Hyperion or the London Oratory Schola websites.

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Summer Chant Intensive Registration Now Open

Announcing Summer Chant Intensive 2015
Duquesne University – Pittsburgh, PA
June 23-26, 2015

Make plans to join us at Duquesne University again this summer for the Summer Chant Intensive!

This summer’s course will be taught by instructor Wilko Brouwers, from the Netherlands, in one section including men and women. In addition to the sessions on chant, this year’s course will also offer breakout sessions by Dr. Ann Labounsky on organ improvisation, as well as a concert on Thursday evening combining chant and organ improvisation.

Compline will be sung to allow participants to experience the beauty of a portion of the sung Divine Office. Gregorian repertoire will be used for Divine Office, the closing Mass on Friday and for a concert on Thursday evening.

We expect this class to fill quickly, so don’t delay. For more information, visit the detailed description page or contact us at programs@musicasacra.com.

Get all the details about the course, the schedule, dorms, meal plan, getting around Pittsburgh and more here:

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St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir Tour in USA

The St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir (London, U.K.) will be making a major tour through eight cities in the U.S. during the month of April 2015.

BOSTON, MA Trinity Church Thursday 16th April 7.00pm
ATLANTA, GA Cathedral of St Philip Saturday 18th April 7.30pm
MACON, GA Vineville UMC Sunday 19th April 4.00pm
SHREVEPORT, LA First UMC Tuesday 21st April 7.30pm
HOUSTON, TX St Martin’s Episcopal Friday 24th April 7.00pm
WASHINGTON, DC National Cathedral Sunday 26th April 5.00pm
ST PAUL, MN Cathedral of St Paul Tuesday 28th April 7.30pm
VALPARAISO, IN Valparaiso University Wednesday 29th April 7.30pm

There has been a choir at St Paul’s Cathedral since 1127. Thirty boy choristers and twelve vicars choral provide music for eight sung services a week with regular recordings and broadcasts. The choir is regarded as one of the best in the world and regularly leads services of British national importance from State occasions such as the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen to the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.

For many years St Paul’s Cathedral has held a close relationship with the USA. It is home to the American Memorial Chapel and hosts the annual Thanksgiving Service for the American Community in London. Indeed it was the first British cathedral choir ever to visit the United States (in the year of The Queen’s coronation, 1953).

This tour will be the choir’s first visit to the USA in twelve years and marks the first of three visits over the next 6 years. The choir is active in communicating updates on its work. You can follow their progress via the following channels:


Twitter: https://twitter.com/StPaulsChoir@StPaulsChoir #USA2015

In case you want a preview, they will be broadcasting live over the internet on 4th Februaryvia BBC Radio 3. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss these wonderful concerts!

You can download the brochure about the tour here.