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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It’s all-change for CML this December. After October’s concerts of acappella Marian music across the ages, the choir collaborates with a host of talented instrumentalists and soloists for a spectacular concert of choral and instrumental music from the classical era.
Haydn’s fantastic Nelson Mass is the centrepiece of a programme which also features Mozart’s ever-popular Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and the same composer’s sublime Ave Verum Corpus.
Collegium Musicum of London has a busy 2017 planned, with an ambitious programme of concerts in some exciting new venues.
In April, the choir combines with Temple Church and the Bar Choral Society for a concert featuring Bach’s majestic St John Passion, followed in May by 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, underground concrete cylinder, dating from the early 19th century – boasts an amazing acoustic, and 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, and was followed three weeks later by a repeat performance 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.