Saturday, 15 July 2017

Term Card for Michaelmas 2017

This is mostly confirmed.

Term Card for Michaelmas Term 2017

2nd Week
Sat 21st Ocober 11am
LMS Oxford Pilgrimage:
Martyrs of Oxford University
Blackfriars, Oxford
followed by procession and Benediction

3rd Week
Saturday 28th October 11:30am
SS Simon and Jude
Our Lady of Light, Long Crendon 
4 Chearsley Rd, Long Crendon, Aylesbury HP18 9BS

4th Week
Thursday 2nd November 7pm
Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls)
English Martyrs, Didcot,
15 Manor Cres, Didcot OX11 7A

6th Week
Saturday 18th November, 11:30am TBC
High Mass of Requiem
St Benet's Hall Chapel, 38 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LN

7th Week
Wednesday 22nd November, 6pm
St Cecelia
SS Gregory & Augustine's, Oxford

Christmas Vacation
Saturday 23rd December, 11:30am TBC
Ember Saturday of Advent
Holy Rood, 38 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PD

President: Jēkabs Jurdžs (Wycliffe Hall)
Secretary: John Aulis (St Anthony's)
Treasurer: Andrew Auty

Monday, 24 April 2017

Chant Mass this Saturday

Blackfriars is in the centre of Oxford in St Giles; click for a map.

High Mass is at 11am; it will be accompanied by chant from the Schola Abelis.

Monday, 27 March 2017

A successful Hillary Term


For the first time, we sang for the feast day of St Hillary, the saint after whom Hillary Term is named: the 'Athanasius of the West'. We accompanied a beautiful and well-attended Dominican High Mass in Blackfriars.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Term Card for Hilary Term 2017

Term Card for Hilary Term 2017

0th Week
Sat 14th January 11am
St Hilary of Poitiers
Blackfriars, Oxford

3rd Week
Thursday 2nd February 6pm
Purification of Our Lady (Candlemas)
SS Gregory & Augustine's, Oxford

4th Week
Saturday 11th February 11:30am
Apparition of Our Lady (Our Lady of Lourdes)
Chapel of Milton Manor House, near Abingdon

5th Week
Friday 17th February, 6pm
Requiem Mass
SS Gregory & Augustine's, Oxford

7th Week
Wednesday 1st March, 6pm
Ash Wednesday
SS Gregory & Augustine's, Oxford

8th Week
Saturday 11th March, 11:30am
Ember Saturday of Lent
Our Lady and St Anne, Caversham

Easter Vacation
Saturday 25th March, 10:30am
Annunciation of Our Lady
SS Gregory & Augstine's

President: Ben Koons, Oriel
Secretary: Jēkabs Jurdžs
Treasurer: Andrew Auty

Saturday, 24 December 2016

A successful Michaelmas Term


Michaelmas Term was a busy one for the Schola Abelis, with a new intake of student singers. As has become usual, they tend to be graduate students. Our numbers at events have been up to ten, which is a lot for a chant schola.

We have this term focused on Oxford venues: the Mass we accompanied in Blackfriars is captured above; the one in St Benet's Hall, below.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Term Card for Michaelmas 2016

Michaelmas Term

2nd Week
St Frideswide
Wednesday 19th Nov, 6pm
SS Gregory & Augustine’s

3rd Week
Dominican Chant
Saturday 29th Oct Oxford Pilgrimage 11am Blackfriars

6th Week
Saturday 19th Nov 11:30am
St Benet's Hall

7th Week
St Sylvester, Abbot
Sat 26th November
11:30am Holy Rood, Abingdon Road

President: Ben Koons, Oriel
Secretary: Jēkabs Jurdžs
Treasurer: Andrew Auty

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Schola Abelis in Merton


Last Saturday evening the Schola Abelis, sang Vespers in Merton College Chapel in Oxford.

Fr Richard Biggerstaff, the Director of the St Barnabas Society, officiated.

We don't often do services in Anglican chapels, but Vespers is a rather different proposition from Mass. It was an opportunity for the Schola to tackle the somewhat different challenges of the Divine Office, compared to Mass, and to sing in the wonderful acoustic of Merton's historic chapel, as well as to honour St Barnabas and beg his interecession for the important work of the St Barnabas Society.

IMG_8964This supports Anglican and other ordained ministers who become Catholic, frequently losing their livlihoods in doing so. Go and support them through their website here.

The Schola Abelis is the only choir in Oxford focusing on Gregorian Chant. And though I say it myself, we sounded very good at Vespers. Anyone, from Town or University, who is interested in singing with us should contact us (). We don't expect previous experience singing chant - or anything else. I should mention that it is an all-male schola.

These days we are being looked after, in the capacity of cantor and trainer, by Will Dawes, a professional singer based in Oxford with an excellent knowledge of chant. Amusingly enough, he also directs an all-female liturgical choir. There is something for everyone in Oxford!

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