Welcome to Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir. With a regular membership of about 30 singers – the ensemble is based in Clerkenwell, 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 and the great secular works of the last 100 years.
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Premiered in Manchester in 1929, Constant Lambert’s dazzling setting of Sacheverell Sitwell’s poem The Rio Grande has become a favourite with audiences and singers alike. Jazz rhythms are used wittily in this brilliant work, arranged in this performance for two pianos, choir and five percussionists. Lambert, who admired Duke Ellington and proclaimed his harmonic roots in Frederick Delius, was a fearless reconciler of what the academies and Tin Pan Alley alike presumed to be eternally opposed.
Jonathan Dove is one of the country’s leading composers. Arion and the Dolphin, his most recent choral work, is a dramatic cantata for countertenor solo, children’s choir, adult mixed choir, two pianos and percussion, told in lively verse by Dove’s long-time collaborator Alasdair Middleton.
CML revisits Brahms Requiem
On December 5, CML performed a new interpretation of Brahms’s much-loved Ein Deutsches Requiem at St James’s, Piccadilly. With orchestral parts re-arranged by Iain Farrington for seven instruments, the concert presented a sensitive re-working of the Requiem but with choral and solo parts left untouched. Soloists Augusta Hebbert and Andrew Rupp joined the choir and an appreciative audience approaching 200 in an all-Brahms programme which also included the haunting Geistliches Lied, opus 30 and the Piano Trio in B Major opus 8.
‘CONGRATULATIONS!! That was such a breathtaking and glorious performance! Every moment was uplifting and inspiring!’
– audience member
Collegium Musicum of London has lined up a sensational season of concerts for 2016.
In March, INSPIRE will continue the choir’s tradition of staging a short, varied spring programme at the choir’s home in Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell. The concert will feature inspiring a cappella choral repertoire from four centuries.
June sees the choir performing a new work by its patron Jonathan Dove; Arion and the Dolphin will be presented alongside the perennial favourite Rio Grande by Constant Lambert, at a venue yet to be announced.
In October, CML teams up with the Munich-based Feinklang Choir in an a cappella programme of works inspired by the Virgin Mary. The Munich choir will link up with CML on 1 October, and Collegium Musicum will travel to Bavaria for a repeat performance later the same month.
Finally, in December, we return once again to St James’s in Piccadilly, alongside a host of top soloists and instrumentalists, for a programme of music from the classical tradition, featuring Haydn’s popular Nelson Mass.
Details of CML’s final 2015 concert, in December, can be found here.
CML appears on BBC Radio 3’s Meet My Choir
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.