The Leidse Cantorij

The Leidse Cantorij has been the main choir of St Pancras Church (Hooglandse kerk) in Leiden, the Netherlands, since 1968. The choir consists of approximately 30 experienced male and female singers, and specializes in particular in Anglican choral music from 1500 through to today. The repertoire often consists of the more complex works of Tallis, Stanford, Bairstow, Howells, Leighton, Tavener and Moore, for example. The Leidse Cantorij also regularly performs music in the Renaissance polyphonic style and music from the German Baroque. The present Director of Music is Hans Brons, who took up the post in 1980.


The Leidse Cantorij also has a good deal of experience with the Anglican liturgy, and have sung at services, inter alia, at St Paul’s Cathedral, London (1998 and 2000), Rochester Cathedral (2004), York Minster (2006), St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle (2009), Peterboruogh Cathedral (2014) and Gloucester Cathedral (2018). The choir also accompanies evensongs and gives concerts on a regular basis in the Netherlands.  

The Leidse Cantorij has recently made two CD’s featuring many highlights from the Anglican choral tradition. Selected sound excerpts from these CD’s and concert recordings can be found below.

  1. Salvator Mundi - Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
  2. Lobe den Herrn - Johann Schelle (1648-1701)
  3. Nunc Dimittis in D minor - Thomas Attwood Walmisley (1814-1856)
  4. Magnificat - John Ireland (1879-1962)
  5. Like as the hart - Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Executive committee

Janine Clement – Chairman
Michiel Harmsen – Secretary
Saskia Resseler - Treasurer

Hans Brons - Director of Music

Eric Brons - Archivist 

Contact us

If you require further details about the Leidse Cantorij please contact: Hans Brons, Nieuwstraat 18, 2312 KC Leiden, the Netherlands. Tel: +31 6 1436 2816 or email: hans.brons (at)