Chamber Choir's Roman Concerts

Stonyhurst College has celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus by performing a series of concerts in Rome. The college’s Schola Cantorum sang in several historic churches associated with St Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuits and attended the papal audience in St Peter’s Square.

The Schola Cantorum’s concert in the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva was attended by Nigel Baker, the British Ambassador to the Holy See, who said he was greatly impressed by their polished musical performance. The choir also sang in the richly decorated Church of Saint Ignazio, where the generous, spacious and resonant acoustic beautifully enhanced their programme of unaccompanied music, which included Locus iste by Bruckner.

Schola Cantorum is Stonyhurst’s auditioned chamber choir. It features singers of all ages. Its director, Dr Kevin Morgan, described the tour as “a fitting way for the world’s oldest surviving Jesuit school to mark the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus”. 

A particular highlight of the choir's tour was a visit to the rooms of St Ignatius, where the singers spontaneously burst into song. Pupils said another unforgettable experience was seeing Pope Francis as he made his through the crowds outside St Peter’s.

Stonyhurst College was founded in 1593 in St Omer and moved to its present site in Lancashire in 1794.