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, the great secular works of the last 100 years, folksong and popular classics.
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A towering masterpiece of the early Baroque, at once intimate and grand, prayerful and dramatic, exalted and sensual, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers of the Blessed Virgin presents a dazzling array of textures and sonorities in brilliant instrumental writing, opulent choruses and moving solo arias and duets.
CML joins forces with leading Baroque instrumentalists and soloists this spring, in a musical commemoration of Monteverdi’s 450th birthday.
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 has a busy 2017 planned, 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 sees a commemoration of the 450th year of Monteverdi’s birth with a performance of the composer’s famous 1610 Vespers. Don’t miss the chance to hear this monumental work in one of London’s finest baroque venues – St James’s in Piccadilly!
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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For its autumn outing this year, CML joined forces with the fEinklang Chamber Choir from Munich in two concerts of acappella choral music interpreting prayers to the Virgin Mary. The first, on October 1st, took place at St Sepulchre’s in the City of London. the second followed three weeks later at the Erlöserkirchein Munich.
The London concert attracted a large and appreciative audience, and the two choirs enjoyed an equally rapturous response from the sizeable audience in Munich. Here’s to the next time!
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.