Vox Humana & Gregoriana were established by the musical director Julien Chilcott-Monk in 1995 and 1975 respectively. Gregoriana, as the name suggests, to sing something of the vast repertoire of the chant of the Church, and to share its splendour with audiences. When Vox Humana was established the two choirs merged and the repertoire extended to embrace the possibilities of the S A T B range – from the late medieval motets to the Renaissance and beyond.
When a smaller group or sound is required, Vox Angelica or Vox Celestis is used. These two choirs are, of course, drawn from Vox Humana & Gregoriana.
The choirs annually sing Mass at the private chapel in Arundel Castle and regularly give lecture/recitals and concerts throughout the central south. From time to time Vox Humana, or a smaller group, perform a substantial single work – such as the 12th century The Play of Herod (for which the director of music wrote a narrator’s part in the character of Tom, the Shepherd, for the renowned Robert Hardy) and Julien Chilcott-Monk’s own setting of The Dream of Gerontius for unaccompanied choir, percussion and two actors. The 12th century The Play of Daniel is a project for the future.
The choirs have enjoyed performing in some fine venues – Beaulieu Abbey, Boxgrove Priory, Arundel Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral, Christchurch Priory, Christchurch Cathedral, Romsey Abbey – although they are always open to performing in a parish church setting.