Welcome to Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir. With a regular membership of about 30 singers – the ensemble is based in Smithfield, central London. Focusing naturally on a cappella repertoire, the choir also collaborates with some of the leading professional soloists and instrumentalists in the country. The choir’s repertoire encompasses sacred music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods as well as music of the nineteenth century, the great secular works of the last 100 years, folksong and popular classics.
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CML joined forces with leading Baroque instrumentalists and soloists on Saturday, 20 May, in a musical commemoration of Monteverdi’s 450th birthday.
The concert, at St James’s, Piccadilly, attracted an audience well in excess of 200, and utilised all corners of the church, replicating the original performances in St Mark’s, Venice.
‘A wonderful and heartfelt performance of this great work. Soloists, choir and instrumentalists were all totally committed, and the use of the spaces and positions provided by the church recaptured some of the intoxicating mystery of St Mark’s. I think you provided a benchmark for future performances of this work, and a way in which it could be brought into the central place in the repertoire that it deserves.’
– Sir Roger Scruton
‘The choir goes from strength to strength with every concert I attend. The use of period players seems to have a wonderfully visceral effect and I liked the placing of singers around the space.’
– audience member
An audience of over 450 attended CML’s St John Passion at Temple Church on April 11th – a collaboration with the Bar Choral Society and the Temple Players for Holy Week.
Outstanding contributions from all four soloists, together with fine instrumental playing and detailed, committed choral contributions made the concert an evening to remember. The event attracted the choir’s largest audience in decades.
‘The choir made a finely vigorous contribution to the piece, bringing out the dramatic emotions…Greg Morris and his performers gave us a finely satisfying account.’
– Planet Hugill music website
‘The choirs, soloists and chamber orchestra were all on top form and gave us a moving and sensitive performance. It was a delight to be there.’
– audience member
2017 Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir season
Collegium Musicum of London is in the middle of a very busy 2017, with an ambitious programme of concerts in some exciting new venues.
In April, the choir combined with Temple Church and the Bar Choral Society for a concert featuring Bach’s majestic St John Passion. May 20th saw a commemoration of the 450th year of Monteverdi’s birth with a performance of the composer’s famous 1610 Vespers, acclaimed as ‘outstanding’ by audience members.
In October, the choir visits the spectacular Great Hall at the Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe, for a concert of choral music inspired by Time & Tide. This unique venue – a vast, 19th-century underground concrete cylinder – boasts an amazing acoustic. CML hopes Time & Tide will be the first of many visits for the ensemble. To round off the year, the choir presents music by Schubert, Brahms and Elgar in an intimate Schubertiade at St George’s church, Bloomsbury.
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CML Chair John Biggins was featured talking about the choir on Radio Three’s The Choir, on Sunday, 19th April.
Click here to listen to what he had to say.