Thursday, 10 October 2019

Welcome to the OUGCS: Michaelmas Term 2019

Here is our Term Card

Regular opportunities to sing:
Sundays, 5pm, Holy Rood,
Abingdon Road

1st Week
Dominican Chant
Saturday 19th Oct 11am
Oxford Blackfriars

3rd Week
All Saints
Friday 1st Nov 6pm
SS Gregory & Augustine’s Woodstock Rd

4th Week
Annual Requiem
Saturday 9th Nov 10:30am
St Benet's Hall

6th Week
St Cecelia
Friday 22nd Nov 7:30pm
English Martyrs Church, Didcot

9th Week
St Lucy
Friday 13th Dec 6pm
SS Gregory & Augustine’s, Oxford

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Trinity and Summer Vacation Term Card

Note: Masses in bold are Schola Masses where student singer may receive a stipend; other Masses are those at which we are invited to participate.

4th Week
Sunday 19th May
12 noon, Sung Mass at SS Gregory & Augustine's

5th Week
Thurs 30th May: Ascension
6pm Sung Mass at SS Gregory & Augustine's

7th Week
Sunday 9th June: Whitsun
12 noon Sung Mass, Holy Trinity, Hethe

Saturday 15th June: Whit Saturday (Ember Sat of Pentecost)
10:30am Sung or High Mass, Holy Rood Church, Abingdon Road, Oxford

8th Week
Sunday 16th June: Trinity Sunday
12 noon Sung Mass at SS Gregory & Augustine's

Thurs 20th June: Corpus Christi
6pm Sung Mass at SS Gregory & Augustine's

Long Vacation
Friday 28th June: Sacred Heart
6pm Sung Mass at SS Gregory & Augustine's

Saturday 29th June: SS Peter & Paul
10:30am Sung Mass at SS Gregory & Augustine's

Tuesday 2nd July: Visitation
7:30pm English Martyrs, Didcot

Sun 28th July
12 noon Sung Mass at SS Gregory & Augustine's

Tues 6th August: Transfiguration
6pm Sung Mass at SS Gregory & Augustine's

Thurs 15th August: Assumption
6pm Sung Mass at SS Gregory & Augustine's

Sunday 18th August
12 noon Sung Mass at SS Gregory & Augustine's

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Hillary & Easter Vacation 2019 Term Card

Schola Masses plus, in italics, other Masses where we are invited to join the singers.

Times refer to services, nor rehearsals.

2nd Week
Sun 20th Jan: 2nd After Epiphany
Mass at 12 noon, SS Gregory & Augustine's, Oxford

3rd Week
Sat 2nd Feb: Candlemas (Purification)
Mass at 10:30am, SS Gregory & Augustine's, Oxford

4th Week
Sat 9th Feb: St Cyril of Alexandria (Dominican Chant)
Mass at 11:30am, St Dominic's, Haverstock Hill, London

6th Week
Sun 17th Feb: Septuagesima Sunday
Mass at 12 noon, SS Gregory & Augustine's, Oxford

8th Week
Wed 6th March: Ash Wednesday
Mass at 6pm, SS Gregory & Augustine's, Oxford

Easter Vacation
Sat 16th March: Ember Sat of Lent, LMS Pilgrimage to Caversham
Mass at 11:30am, Our Lady and St Anne, Caversham, Reading

Sun 17th March: 2nd Sunday in Lent
Mass at 12 noon, SS Gregory & Augustine's, Oxford

Tues 19th March: St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Mass at 7:30pm, English Martyrs, Didcot

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Masses in Michaelmas 2019


The Schola sang at some beautiful Masses this term, in a number of different places: Blackfriars, St Benet's Hall, SS Gregory & Augustine's in the Woodstock Road and as far away as Bedford.

Above is Dominic Bevan, who led most of these Masses; below is our guest director, Prof Peter Kwasniewski.


Saturday, 8 September 2018

Term Card for Michaelmas 2018

Michaelmas Term 2018
(times refer to services, not rehearsals)

2nd Week
Advance rehearsal/audition: Thursday 18th Oct, 6:30pm

Saturday 20th Oct
Oxford Pilgrimage: Votive Mass of the Martyrs of Oxford University
11am, Blackfriars, St Giles Oxford

3rd Week
Friday 26th Oct
Votive Mass of St Gregory the Great
6pm SS Gregory & Augustine's, Woodstock Road, Oxford
Guest director: Prof Peter Kwasniewski

5th Week
Advance rehearsal: Thursday 8th Oct, 6:30pm

Saturday 10th Nov
Bedford Pilgrimage
Votive Mass of Our Lady of Guadalupe
St Joseph's, Bedford
Guest Director: Matthew Schellhorn

7th Week
Saturday 24th Nov
Annual Requiem, St Benet's Hall
11am, 38 St Benet's Hall, St Giles, Oxford

8th Week
Wednesday 28th Nov
Votive Mass of Our Lady of Guadalupe
6pm SS Gregory & Augustine's, Woodstock Road, Oxford

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Last Masses of Term


The final Masses of term included an annual celebration in the historic chapel of Milton Manor House, where the schola sings in an unusual loft with windows opening into the chapel: below.

The last one of all was an unusual Mass of Reparation, a Votive Mass 'for the remission of sin', celebrated in SS Gregory & Augustine's, Oxford: above. Both of these Masses were led by Dominic Bevan.


And so another academic year comes to an end. This year the Schola Abelis has sung at a larger number of churches than in recent years. We now have a regular termly slot in the English Martyrs, Didcot, in Holy Rood, Abingdon Road, in Blackfriars in Oxford, and in SS Gregory & Augustine's, as well as annual events in Milton Manor, Caversham, St Benet's Hall, and Long Crendon.

The Schola also plays a major part in the general availability of singers with experience of Chant to come along and sing at other Masses taking place in Oxford.

In both ways we are fulfilling the purposes for which we were established: to make chant available for the celebration of the traditional Catholic liturgy in the Oxford area. We have also had a lot of fun along the way.

If you are reading this and are interested in singing Gregorian Chant in the 2018/19 academic year, contact us using the email address on the sidebar. We can also tell you about opportunities to sing, or hear chant sung, in Oxford over the Long Vacation.


Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Successful Masses this term


The Masses we have accompanied this term so far have been exceptionally interesting: notably, the Vigil of Pentecost in the Dominican Rite (above), and the Emeber Saturday of Pentecost (below), each with more chants than the standard Mass formulary, with Alleluia verses between the Prophecies in the 'vigil' part of the service. We provided relatively large scholas, of eight, for each of these occasions, which is particularly good going for the exam season.