Short introduction


The Schola Cantorum Karolus Magnus in Nijmegen was founded in 1988.

The schola consists of the following members:

Frans de Bont, Jan Ermers, Edo Fennema, Stef Geurts, Jacques Janssen, Sjef Jongen, Koos Leemker, 

Gerard Pieters, Sander Ram, Wil Robben, Piet Ronnes, Arno Theune, Jan Timmermans, Jos Verhagen, André Weel en Peter Zandvliet.

Conductor: Stan Hollaardt.

Honorary members: Pater Augustinus Hollaardt OP(†2012), Prof. Jan Bernards(†2013)

Toon Friederichs(†2009), organist Ton Bertrand and pastor Simon Evers.

Patronage: Mgr. A. H. van Luyn S. D. B., em-bishop of Rotterdam.


The name 'Karolus Magnus' refers to Charlemagne, who at the time promoted the uniformity in liturgy and the spread of Gregorian chant in Western Europe; it also refers to the Emperor's city , Nijmegen, where Charlemagne often stayed in his fortress on the river Waal.


The Schola aims at preserving and propagating the authentic Gregorian chant as a valuable, cultural and liturgical heritage. It mainly relies on the achievements of the studies of the early-medieval manuscripts, as they were taken up in the nineteenth century by the monks of Solesmes (France) and have been continued there and at other places.

The starting-point is the semiology , the study that is concerned with the explanation of signs (neumes) as mentioned in the manuscripts at the top of the texts.These provide little accurate information about the melody, but all the more about the rhythmics that must be practised in the singing.

Beside concerts on many places in the Netherlands and programs for KRO-radio we gave concerts in Belgium (festival of Watou 1994), France (Dijon 2008, Flavigny sur Ozerain 1994, 1999, 2008 and 2009; St. Riquier 1998) Germany (Kleve 1995, 1996 and 2014; Kevelaer 1998, Aken 1998, 2002, Goch - Asperden 2014, 2015, 2016) and Italy (Rome 2002, Florence 2005, Ravenna 2005, Verona 2005).


Meanwhile three CD's and two double CD's of the Schola have been released:

1993: 'O virgo mater' with hymns for the Virgin Mary and organimprovisations;

1995: 'Canticum novum' with the integral performance of the fifth Sunday of Easter in Latin;

1997: 'Media vita' with hymns from the liturgy and the office of the Holy Mass for the deceased.

A remake of this CD appeared in 2009 with a booklet in Latin, Dutch and English.

2000: ‘La Divina Commedia Gregoriana’ double – CD. A medieval, Gregorian cycle which leads us from hell through purgatory to paradise.

Further information can be found elsewhere on this website. Booklet with texts in Latin and Dutch. English and Italian are digital availabal.

2006: IMAGES OF JESUS THROUGH (CHURCH)HISTORY: a double CD with a 40 pages booklet. Texts in Latin , Dutch and English.

2012: 'The Martyred Virgins'. a Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence.

 A moving and powerful programme of the old and new, dealing with an important and shocking issue that is still with us in the 21st century.
Included is a 48-page booklet, containing extensive notes about the project by the artists, and complete texts of the chants, poems and readings in Dutch, English and Latin. The text in the booklet is a plea for female freedom, equal rights, respect and peace, regardless of religion or culture.

2016: The matins of Lebuinus have been composed in the 12th century especially for the feastday of this saint. As with most of the Gregorian chant of the Middle Ages also the composer of these matins (which can be found in the Antiphonalium  of Utrecht, manuscript NL Uu-406) is unknown.

If you want to place an order for a CD:


Schola Karolus Magnus

Aldenhof 85-40

6537 CL Nijmegen The Netherlands

Tel: +31 615576233