About

Cantus Magnus is a professional vocal ensemble founded in 2011 by Matthew Schellhorn to provide much needed high-quality polyphony and chant for celebrations of traditional Catholic liturgy celebrated in Latin, particularly in London. Its Patron is Sir James MacMillan CBE.

The group regularly provides music for special events and pilgrimages organised by The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales, including the annual pilgrimages to Aylesford and Walsingham. Cantus Magnus has also sung at Masses arranged by Juventutem London, a Catholic organisation for young people with a love of traditional liturgy.

Since 2012, Cantus Magnus has been providing the music for the annual Sacred Triduum celebrations held at St Mary Moorfields in the City of London. Our recent projects include:

  • 2013 – Led the music at General Assembly of international group Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce in Rome
  • 2014 – Gave the UK Premiere of the Tenebrae Lamentations and Responses by Italian cleric and composer Pietro Amico Giacobetti (fl. 1579–1616)
  • 2015 – Assisted with the events of the Populus Summorum Pontificum, singing the Mass and Office in several churches including Santissima Trinità dei Pellgrini and St Peter’s Basilica, Rome; World Premiere of Ecce quam bonum by Marco Galvani (b. 1994)
  • 2016 – Accompanied Vespers during the visit of His Excellency Bishop Archbishop Thomas Gullickson to England
  • 2018 – Provided music during the visit of His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider to London
  • 2019 – Gave the World Premiere of Lamentations of Jeremiah by Peter Kwasniewski (b. 1971) at St Mary Moorfields, City of London; accompanying the celebration of Mass by Leo, Cardinal Burke, at Corpus Christi in Covent Garden, London
  • 2020 – World Premiere of O Sacrum convivium by David Fawcett; World Premiere of Dormi, Jesu by Dominic Veall (b. 1995)

If you would like Cantus Magnus to accompany a traditional Mass, including a Nuptial Mass or a Requiem, please contact us.
Matthew Schellhorn's endeavours seek to bring souls to God with the highest possible quality in performance of the best Catholic music. Matthew is a consummate musician in both the secular and sacred spheres and I have known and admired his work for many years. His hard work has never been more needed, and helps the Church and its music go from strength to strength.
Sir James MacMillan CBE
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