About Schola Gregoriana Malverniensis
The Schola sings Mass in the Extraordinary ("Tridentine") Form of the Roman Rite at 10:45 a.m. in the private chapel of St John the Baptist, Spetchley Park WR5 1RS on the fourth Sunday of each month. Where possible it also sings during Holy Week and whenever major feasts or solemnities occur on Sundays.
Rehearsals are held in Croft Bank, Mathon, Malvern WR14 4DX on Wednesday evenings (7:30–9:00 p.m.) throughout the year and at 10:00 a.m. before Mass on Singing Sundays.
New pieces are initially broken down into their separate voice parts and played through in rehearsal so that an ability to sight read music is far from essential.
Home Practice made Easy
Wherever possible, links to recordings (YouTube or mp3 or MIDI files) are provided on this website so that members can practise more easily at home by listening to or singing along with those recordings.
A predecessor Schola was formed at St Joseph's, Malvern on the Solemnity of Christ the King, AD 2004 as Choir@9 to provide traditional music for the 9:00 am Mass on Sundays and on other occasions throughout the liturgical year. Originally singing only on one Sunday per month, the Schola progressively expanded its repertoire until typically singing twice each month and was renamed Schola Sancti Ioseph to celebrate ten years of singing at St Joseph's.
From September AD 2015, following the termination of the 09:00 a.m. Sunday Mass at St Joseph's, the Schola Sancti Ioseph closed down and the present schola, Schola Gregoriana Malverniensis, was formed and was subsequently invited to sing Mass in the Extraoirdinary Form at Spetchley Park once a month.
The Schola's motto - "Benedicam Dominum in omni tempore" - is the opening line of a Short Responsory ("May I bless the Lord at all times") and the corresponding opening bar of the Gregorian chant melody of the Short Responsory is incorporated in our logo.
The Schola sings all music a capella and much of the music sung is Gregorian chant, the traditional music of the Church through the ages and whose continued use was particularly encouraged by the Second Vatican Council:
“116. The church recognises Gregorian chant as especially native to the Roman Liturgy. Therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services. Other kinds of sacred music, especially polyphony, are by no means excluded from liturgical celebrations so long as they accord with the spirit of the liturgical action …”
Decree of the Second Vatican Council “Sacrosanctum Concilium”
Chapter VI – Sacred Music
Five Gregorian chant Mass settings are currently sung according to season:
- Mass I (Easter)
- Mass VIII (“Missa de angelis” – General use)
- Mass IX (Solemnities and Feasts of Our Lady)
- Mass XI (Sundays throughtout the year)
- Mass XVII (Sundays of Advent and in Lent)
The Schola also sings a range of three- and four-part polyphonic mass settings, Mass propers, and motets from the 16th century to the 21st century.
The singing of the Schola was previously complemented by short organ voluntaries before and after Mass, except of course during those Sundays of Advent and in Lent when it is not appropriate. At present there is no working organ available to play before and after Mass but investigations are under way with a view to restoring the small chapel organ to working order.
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