Monday, 23 February 2009

Schola Cantorum

Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum consists of eighteen boy trebles and nine Layclerks. All of the boy choristers are educated at Dean Close Preparatory School in Cheltenham - located about ten miles from Tewkesbury. The choir sings the weekday services in 900 year old Tewkesbury Abbey: Choral Evensong on Monday, Tuesday and Friday and Sung Eucharist or Choral Evensong on Thursday in addition to a busy concert and recording schedule.
The choir regularly works with orchestras (Mahler's Third Symphony, Britten's War Requiem and Honneger's Cantate une Noel) and has recorded a number of highly acclaimed discs on the Delphian and Hyperion labels. Many composers have written for the choir, including Gabriel Jackson, Bob Chilcott and Philip Wilby.

Benjamin Nicholas is Director of the Choir and Head of Choral Music at Dean Close School. A graduate of Oxford University and a former Organ Scholar of St Paul's Cathedral, he is known for his work with a number of choirs - not least the new choral foundation at Merton College, Oxford where he is a member of staff.

Carleton Etherington is Organist and Director of Music at Tewkesbury Abbey and an organ recitalist of international repute. A former Royal College of Organists Performer of the Year, his performances of the romantic repertoire have received wide acclaim.

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