Ensemble Vocal de la Schola de Sion

The Schola’s DNA is the regular collaboration between young and old. Older singers accompany the younger ones until they in turn are in a position to pass on their knowledge and experience to the newcomers.

To enable the more experienced singers, as well as former members who are still motivated, to make full use of the training they have received, the Schola created a mixed vocal ensemble in 2008. The ensemble is set up to tackle new repertoire more effectively, and is formed for one-off projects. In 2016, two projects were on the programme of the Schola’s Vocal Ensemble: Victoria’s Requiem enabled the singers to deepen their knowledge of Renaissance music and develop their ability to sing in small ensembles (between 3 and 4 singers per voice only). Following on from this project, Campra’s Requiem and Charpentier’s Miserere des Jésuites provided an introduction to French music of the late 17th century.

This was followed by Veni Sponsa (works based on the Cantique des Cantiques by Palestrina, Josquin Desprez, Roland de Lassus, etc.) in Sion as part of the marathon day of the Sion Festival, then in Riaz and Vevey (Festival Off du Septembre Musical) and, in March 2018, a Bach and Schütz concert at the Basilica of Saint-Maurice (as part of the Martolet’s regular season). In collaboration with Les Riches Heures de Valère, Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato was performed in November 2018 in Sion and Lausanne.