MUSIC MINISTRY

A photograph of Mgr Mark Langham, Chaplain at Fisher House from 2013 until his death in 2021.

The primary aim of the music ministry is to complement and enrich the liturgy, to raise hearts and minds to God, and to give us a foretaste of the joyful company of heaven. 

FR MARK LANGHAM, CHAPLAIN (2013-21)

Fisher House is blessed to have two choirs sing and play at its term-time Sunday Masses, the Chapel Choir providing music for the Sung English Mass, and the Schola Cantorum providing music for the Sung Latin Mass.

As well as providing music for the Sunday services, Fisher House's choirs are involved in various events throughout the year, from providing a full sung service for the Fisher Mass to singing grace at the annual Fisher Dinner.

Fisher House also funds a number of music scholarships each year, for the organ and choristers. You can find out more at the dedicated webpage by clicking the button below.

Both choirs are always welcome to new members, including instrumentalists during vacations. We seek to inspire our congregation with a blend of the familiar and the novel and remain ever open to musical requests or suggestions.

Joining Fisher House's choirs also offers opportunities for individuals to flourish both musically and personally within the circle of friendship and fellowship that embraces both choirs. The choirs come together socially every term to share a meal and sing old English catches.

The Chapel Choir

The 11.00am Sung English Mass at Fisher House on Sundays in term-time is the summit of life at the Chaplaincy. Fisher House's mixed-voice Chapel Choir enriches this worship by providing varied music to accompany the Mass.

You can find the contact details of the Chapel Choir here; please contact the Chapel Choir directly to audition.

Fisher House Chapel Choir July 2018
Fisher House Schola Cantorum June 2019

The Schola Cantorum

Fisher House's Schola Cantorum provides the music for the Sung Latin Mass in term-time. The Schola is a stimulating, committed, and friendly environment, seeking to enhance the liturgy and worship of the community through music. Every week, we sing the Ordinary parts of the Mass, the plainchant Propers of the day and a motet, exploring varied repertory from the Gregorian, Renaissance and more modern traditions. The Schola is open and inclusive, with a broad mixture of people of different levels and fields of study, faiths, and nationalities.

You can find the contact details of the Schola Cantorum here; please contact the Schola Cantorum directly to audition.

Ave Verum CorpusWilliam Byrd (1538-1623)
00:00 / 03:35
Kyrie, Missa BrevisGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)
00:00 / 02:57

The Turba Piscosa

In the vacations, the Turba Piscosa, an active band of singers and players, combines elements of the Latin and English services with sacred works from the Baroque era.

 

If you are a singer or an instrumentalist (playing at 415 or 440) and are interested in joining, please get in touch with the Philip Beer at pbeer@doctors.org.uk.

Ave Maris Stella, Vesperæ in Festis Beatæ Mariæ VirginisClaudio Monteverdi (c.1567-1643)
00:00 / 07:18
Sanfte soll mein Todeskummer (BWV 249)J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
00:00 / 08:30
Laudamus te (RV 589)Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
00:00 / 02:34
Fisher House's Turba Piscosa in 2018
The Johannus Opus 5 organ at Fisher House, Cambridge University Catholic Chaplaincy.

The Organ at Fisher House

Fisher House's organ is a Johannus Opus 5, an electronic instrument with nineteen ranks across two manuals, with an option of romantic or baroque voicing.

 

The organ is a bequest from Jeremy Howe (1929-2016), a former CUCA treasurer and lifelong supporter of Fisher House. Jeremy, who also selected the specification for the organ, was an accomplished musician and, as a former choral scholar at King’s College and St John’s College, well-versed in the Church's musical tradition.

LitaniesAlain Jehan (1911-1940)
00:00 / 04:37