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Charles Cole radio interview on Tenebrae

Charles Cole was interviewed on the Son Rise Morning Show earlier today on the subject of Tenebrae. The US station is carried globally by EWTN and the morning show is hosted by Matt Swaim. Click below to listen to the interview which lasts just under nine minutes. 

Lenten Service for persecuted Christians in Syria

Lent Witness Event 2014 poster

The Schola Cantorum of The London Oratory School will be singing at a Lenten Service at Farm Street Church on Tuesday 8 April at 7pm. The service has been arranged by Aid to the Church in Need and will focus on the suffering of persecuted Christians in Syria during this period of Lent. Music will include motets by Byrd and Lotti as well as the Miserere by Allegri. There will be talks given by Lord Alton and by ACN’s John Pontifex. The service, which concludes with Benediction, will last approximately one hour and will be followed by refreshments in the Church Hall. There will be a retiring collection towards Aid to the Church in Need’s work in Syria.

Photographs of the St John Passion at the London Oratory

The following photographs were taken at the London Oratory at a performance of J.S. Bach’s St John Passion on Thursday 20 March 2014. The Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School and the Belgravia Chamber Orchestra were conducted by Charles Cole. The Evangelist was sung by Nicholas Mulroy and Christus was sung by Alexander Ashworth. Photos: Paul Flanagan

J.S. Bach’s St John Passion at the London Oratory


Tickets are now on sale for J.S. Bach’s St John Passion sung by the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School. The role of Evangelist will be sung by Nicholas Mulroy and the part of Christus sung by Alexander Ashworth. Other solos and Arias will be sung by members of the Schola. The Schola and the Belgravia Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by Charles Cole. The performance takes place at the London Oratory Church, Brompton Road, SW7 2RP, on Thursday 20 March 2014 at 7pm. The performance, to be sung in German, is generously sponsored by Rawlinson & Hunter and Maecenas. Tickets can be obtained from the Oratory House, to the left of the Oratory Church, or from the London Oratory School (020 7381 7684), priced £15 (£10 concessions).

Organ Recital in Jerusalem


A recital will be given by Charles Cole on the Reiger Organ at the Church of San Salvatore in the Old City, Jerusalem on Thursday 24 October 2013 at 6pm. The recital will include Gregorian Chant sung by the Yasmeen Children’s Choir directed by Hania Soudah-Sabbara and organ music based on Gregorian themes by J.S. Bach, Alain, Dupré, Hakim and Latry. The recital is promoted by the Magnificat Institute and entrance is free.

Britten Centenary Day Concert

2013BritThe Schola Cantorum of The London Oratory School will be singing a concert on Benjamin Britten Centenary Day, 22 November 2013, at St Peter’s, Eaton Square, London at 7.30pm. The concert is one of nearly 2000 events taking place worldwide to celebrate the life and work of composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). The Schola, a choir for boys aged 8-18, is conducted by Charles Cole and the organ will be played by Matthew Martin.

The first part of the concert will include Britten’s Missa brevis for boys’ voices, A Hymn to the Virgin, A Hymn of St Columba, and Jubilate in E flat. 22 November is the feast day of St Cecilia, Patron Saint of Musicians, which will be marked by a performance of A Hymn for St Cecilia by Herbert Howells. The second part of the concert will be a performance of the Duruflé Requiem. Directions to the church are available here. You can download a PDF of the poster here.

Tickets priced £12 (£8 concessions) are available on the door. If you wish to buy tickets in advance, please use the the form below or phone +44 20 7381 7684.

Palestine Choral Festival Gala Concert in Ramallah

Photographs of the final gala concert in the 2013 inaugural Palestine Choral Festival which took place last night at the Ramallah Cultural Palace in the West Bank. A large number of international choirs took part as well as many from Palestine.


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