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English Anthems vol. 1

    ENGLISH Anthems Vol. 1     


A tremendous concert on 5th March 2016 saw the PLAXTOL SCHOLARS celebrating their 20th anniversary in St Martin's Church, Brasted to a full and appreciative audience.The programme consisted of Mozart’s Ave verum, Purcell’s Bell Anthem, Lotti’s Crucifixus and Handel's fabulous piece Dixit Dominus, accompanied by the Plaxtol Chamber Players.

Their celebrations continued with a lunchtime recital in Canterbury Cathedral on Monday 2nd May, see below

May 2016




We also sang the services in Wells in April and in the summer traveled to Hereford and in the Autumn to Chester Cathedral. See events page for dates.

They have made three CDs over the years, two of which were recorded in St Martin’s

Church, Brasted.

Plaxtol Scholars in Canterbury Cathedral

2015 was busy for the choir. We sang in Lichfield Cathedral and St George's Windsor Chapel in the first part of the year and then in October returned to Southwark Cathedral.

2014 saw equally busy. The choir gave a concert in Edenbridge Church singing Part I of Tallis' Lamentations, Finzi's God is gone up and Philip Stopford's Jubilate and Do not be afraid; then we sang the services in Durham Cathedral in March,

Worcester at the end of May, Christ Church Oxford in July and finally Winchester. In 2013 the choir made visits to York, Salisbury, Canterbury,Tekesbury and Southwark.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE CHOIR, PLEASE CALL MARIUS CARBONI ON 07885 753272 or email The main pre-requisite is your voice has little or no vibrato so you don't need to worry if your sight reading is not good.

Plaxtol Scholars in York Minster


Lille Cathedral 2012

Some members of the PLAXTOL SCHOLARS sang in Lille Cathedral in August 2012. They sang during the Mass and gave a lunchtime recital after to a good and appreciative audience. The Cathedral has asked the choir to return.



The Plaxtol Scholars is a chamber choir which sings the length and breadth of the country. Consisting of some 26 singers, the main pre-requisite is that the voices have little or no vibrato.The choir celebrated their tenth anniversary in 2006 with a special birthday visit in the September of that year to Chichester Cathedral, the very first church to offer the choir the opportunity to sing the services. Since that day the choir has sung in many corners of the country. With nearly 30 cathedral and abbey churches under their belt, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Durham Cathedral and York Minster, the Plaxtol Scholars are highly experienced in the requirements of sung worship in the Church of England.

The choir also gives a number of concerts each year, either a cappella or with their sister ensemble, the Plaxtol Chamber Players. Both forces opened the 2008 Plaxtol Music Festival with music by Bach and Haydn. Also in 2008, the Plaxtol Scholars participated in the Sevenoaks Summer Festival with a concert of folk songs and madrigals on 4th July and led a Christmas concert for Special Olympics Great Britain on 18th December in Southwark Cathedral.

The Choir made its first recording for UHRecordings in September 2008 for a Christmas release and they made a further Christmas CD in 2009 (available on, itunes and www.cdbaby/all/uhrecordings). The Choir also recorded an anthems disc which was released in the Autumn of 2010 and can be heard on this website and is available from POBox 308, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0ZW.

The choir members come from London, Bromley, Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells and Ashford areas of Kent, and also from Surrey and Sussex including Eastbourne.

Their director, Marius Carboni, was the first music graduate from Huddersfield Polytechnic to major in conducting. He has much experience in the choral field having conducted and sung in a number of other choirs. He left EMI Classics as their Head of Press over 15 years ago to set up a Classical music marketing and public relations consultancy which he continues to run today. He returned to study a few years ago, and gained an MA at King’s College, London, and now lectures on the Music Business part-time at both City and Hertfordshire Universities to final year undergraduate and post-graduate music students. He was awarded a PhD in October 2010 which looked at the changes in marketing and business models in the classical music industry since 1989.

Check the Events page to see the most up-to-date concerts and cathedral visits that The Plaxtol Scholars are singing.

The choir opened the 2008 Plaxtol Music Festival in Plaxtol Church on January 26th performing Haydn's Little Organ mass and Bach's Magnificat.The concert sold out. The 2013 Plaxtol Music Festival will open in March next year with Chaconne Brass.

If you are interested in booking or joining the choir please contact Marius Carboni on + 44 (0)7885 753272 or email