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Cardinal Vaughan Schola Review 2012

July 15, 2012

This is the review of the Cardinal Vaughan Schola’s engagements over the past Academic Year which will shortly appear in The Vaughan:

During the Michaelmas Term the Schola sang for Mass for the Papal Knights at St Cecilia & St Anselm’s, Kingsway. During October the Schola was invited to sing the Capitular Sunday Mass at Westminster Cathedral while the Cathedral Choir was away. On All Soul’s Day the Schola gave a liturgical performance of Victoria’s Requiem at St Osmund’s Church Barnes. This was followed a few days later by a concert performance at St Barnabas, Ealing.

The Christmas Season was as busy as usual, with our annual visit to Nazareth House as well as the Carol Service at Our Lady of Victories, Kensington, as ever filled beyond capacity. A number of the Trebles sang in the Snowflake Chorus for the Royal Ballet’s annual production of the Nutcracker at Covent Garden.

During the Lent Term the Schola gave a concert of music for Lent and Passiontide at the Carmelite Priory, Kensington. Some of the Trebles returned to Covent Garden to sing in the Royal Ballet’s production of the Dream. At the start of the Summer Term, the Schola performed Beethoven’s Mass in C with Southbank Sinfonia at the Wathen Hall, St Paul’s School. The Choir was invited to take part in a Vigil of Prayer at Westminster Cathedral organised by Aid to the Church in Need.

As I write it is my final term at the school before I leave to take up a new position in September. I have spent an incredibly fulfilling fifteen years at the Vaughan and I could not have wished for more. I will miss the school, the staff, the parents, and especially the boys who have been absolutely wonderful. In particular I would like to thank Iestyn Evans for his superb and stylish accompaniment on the organ, and Scott Price for his tremendous support which has been so essential to the Schola’s success; I know that the Music Department will continue to grow and flourish under his inspirational leadership. I will always feel a great sense of pride and affection as I watch the future achievements of the boys from afar.

Charles Cole
Director, Schola Cantorum
The Vaughan 2012

In 2006 the British Journalist Joanna Bogle wrote an article about the Schola which you can read here at Adoremus (opens in new window).

Photographs from yesterday’s Mass at Westminster Cathedral will appear shortly on the site.

Below is a 2010 promotional video about the Choir made up of photographs and music from the Schola’s recordings:

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