Friday, 13 March 2015

RIP Nick Gale

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Nick Gale, on the right, with the Schola Abelis in 2011, preparing a Requiem Mass.

Nick Gale, a former Director of Music at St George's Cathedral, Southwark, has died: tragically, in a road accident.

He was an enthusiastic teacher of chant, and led a training day for the schola back in 2011. He promoted a modern, scholarly approach to chant which gave 'shape' to the chants with crescendo and decresendo, with great respect for the text and its own stresses, and ignoring many of the editorial marks from the early 20th century editions which tend to slow the chant down.

Actually, he had so much to say about each piece of ancient chant that it was a challenge to remember it all!

We learnt a lot from him on that and other occasions. He will be missed.

Lux aeterna dona ei Domine. Requiescat in pace.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Hillary 2015 Term Card

In italics: Schola members can join others in singing at these events.

Christmas Vacation

Tuesday 6th January Epiphany
6pm SS Gregory & Augustine's, Woodstock Road, Oxford

Sunday 11th Jan
12 noon, Holy Trinity, Hethe


Hillary Term

1st Week
Sunday 18th Jan
12 noon, SS Gregory & Augustine's

3rd Week
Monday 2nd Feb: Purification (Candlemas)
6pm, SS Gregory & Augustine

4th Week
Sun 8th Feb
12 noon, Holy Trinity, Hethe

Wed 11th Feb: Our Lady of Lourdes
SS Gregory & Augustine's

5th Week
Sun 15th Feb
12 noon SS Gregory & Augustine's

Wed 18th Feb: Ash Wednesday
6pm SS Gregory & Augustine's

6th Week
Sat 28th Feb: Ember Saturday
LMS Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Caversham TBC

8th Week
Sun 8th March
12 noon, Holy Trinity, Hethe


Easter Vacation

Sun 15th March
SS Gregory & Augustine's

Wed 25th March: Annunciation
6pm SS Gregorgy & Augustine's

Sun 5th April Easter Sunday
12:15 SS Gregory & Augustine's, TBC

10-12th April: Greogrian Chant Network Chant Course
Oratory School, Woodcote

Monday, 29 September 2014

Michaelmas 2014 Term Card

Michaelmas Term 2014

2nd Week
Sunday 19th Oct: XIX after Pentecost
12 noon, Sung Mass SS Gregory & Augustine 

Saturday 25th Oct Oxford Pilgrimage 11am Blackfriars,
procession at 2pm and Benediction 3:30pm

4th Week
Monday, 3rd Nov Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls)
6pm Sung Mass SS Gregory & Augustine 

6th Week
Sunday 16th Nov: XXIII after Pentecost
Sung Mass, 12 noon, SS Gregory &Augustine 

7th Week
Saturday 29th Nov: Requiem 11:30am St Benet's Hall

9th Week (Christmas Vacation)
Monday 8th Dec: The Immaculate Conception 
Sung Mass, 6pm SS Gregory & Augustine

Friday 12th Dec, feria: Sung Mass 6pm SS Gregory & Augustine

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Masses in Hilary Term

Another busy term has drawn to a close.

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We've sung at Our Lady and St Anne's, Caversham, for the Latin Mass Society's annual pilgrimage: the Ember Saturday Mass, sung in full, with five prophecies sung by cantors and deacon and subdeacon to sing the Epistle and Gospel.

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The Patronal Feast of SS Gregory and Augustine's in Oxford, where the Faithful venerated a relic of St Gregory the Great.

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 A Sunday in Lent when we were led by a guest cantor, Brian Sudlow.

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 At at the start of term, a beautiful candlelite Epiphany Mass.

 The new termcard will be posting soon!

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Masses in Michaelmas and the Easter Vacation

The Schola has has plenty of singing to do since the start of the new academic year. Here are some highlights.

Mass in the Dominican Rite for the Latin Mass Society Oxford Pilgrimage.
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 Mass for All Souls, in the chapel of Milton Manor. We sang from their curious choir loft, with the Newman Consort.
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 Requiem in the Chapel at St Benet's Hall, Oxford IMG_5885

Mass for the feast of the Epiphany IMG_6065

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Hillary 2014 Term Card

1st Week

Sun 18th Jan: 12 noon Sung Mass, SS Gregory & Augustine

5th Week

Sun 16th Feb: 12 noon Sung Mass, SS Gregory & Augustine

7th Week

Wed 5th March: Ash Wednesday
6pm Sung Mass, SS Gregory & Augustine's


8th Week

Wed 12th: St Gregory.
6pm Sung Mass, SS Gregory & Augustine's

Sat 15th: Ember Saturday of Lent
LMS Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Caversham, near Reading
Mass at 11.30am

9th Week

Sun 16th: 12 noon Sung Mass, SS Gregory & Augustine

Wed 19th: St Joseph.
6pm Sung Mass, SS Gregory & Augustine's

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Freshers' Fair and First Mass of the year

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 We were off to a flying start with Mass on Saturday and on Sunday of 1st Week. First, the very impressive High Mass in the Dominican Rite at Blackfriars,

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followed by a procession through Oxford, with lots of Gregorian Chant, which even gained the attention of the Oxford Student newspaper: 'Catholics erect gibbet on Holywell Street'.

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 Then, the next day, High Mass in SS Gregory and Augustine's in the Woodstock Road.

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