Schola Parva

The Schola Parva (or "Little Schola") provides music for Missa Cantata with simplified Propers at the Sunday Mass in the Extraordinary Form once each month.  This is on the second Sunday of each month but might change dependent upon other commitments.

Rehearsals only before Mass

There are no weekly rehearsals but rather a single 45 minute rehearsal at 14:15 before the 15:00 Mass on singing Sundays.   This provides an opportunity for singers to contribute to singing the Mass who are either less experienced in singing Gregorian chant or who, for whatever reason, are unable to attend regular weekday rehearsals. 

Please contact us if you are interested in joining the Schola Parva.


Missa Cantata

The Schola Parva sings a complete Missa Cantata - Ordinary and Propers - in Gregorian chant.   At present this means typically singing the Propers largely as found in the Liber Usualis, though the verses of the Gradual and Alleluia may be simplified in accordance with reductions similar to those set out in the Liber Brevior.   The Ordinary of the Mass is selected according to season from one of the more well-known plainsong Masses so as to facilitate congregational participation.

On occasion the Schola Parva may sing the Propers of the Mass reduced to simple Psalm Tones to complement a selection of Gregorian Chant settings of the Ordinary of the Mass.  For example:

 Propers  Ordinary  
 Epiphany  Mass XVII (Advent & Lent)  
 Septuagesima  Mass VIII (Christmastide)
 2nd Sunday in Lent  Mass I (Eastertide)
 Passion Sunday  Mass XI (Sundays throughout the Year)
 Palm Sunday (1 of 2)
    Palm Sunday (2 of 2)
 Mass IX (Feast of Our Blessed Lady)
 1st Sunday after Easter  
 4th Sunday after Easter  
 Trinity Sunday  
 5th Sunday after Pentecost  
 10th Sunday after Pentecost;  
 14th Sunday after Pentecost  
 18th Sunday aftet Pentecost  
 23rd Sunday after Pentecost  

Low Mass with Music

Occasionally the Schola Parva might alternatively sing a Low Mass with Music.   For this it is not permitted to sing either the Ordinary of the Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, etc) or the Propers of the day (Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, etc.), but rather suitable hymns and antiphons - preferably in Latin - may be sung during Low Mass.   Examples of appropriate music include:



Marian antiphons