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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For its autumn outing this year, CML joins 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, takes place at St Sepulchre’s in the City of London, and is followed three weeks later by a repeat performance in Bavaria.
CML’s concert of 20th-century and contemporary music received a rapturous reception from the audience at St James’s in Piccadilly on Saturday, June 18th.
The programme opened with a sensitive rendition of Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia, and was followed by five short pieces by Jonathan Dove and Sally Beamish, performed by the excellent St Catharine’s College Cambridge Girls’ Choir. Dove’s new piece for choir, children’s choir, percussion and two pianos Arion and the Dolphin followed, featuring the accomplished countertenor David Allsop.
The London Percussion Ensemble opened the second half of the concert with seven short pieces by Leonard Salzedo, and the evening concluded with a dazzling performance of Constant Lambert’s Rio Grande, which featured some amazing keyboard gymnastics by pianists Iain Farrington and John Reid.
‘The whole evening was astonishing- every aspect of such high standard and talent – a magical evening.’
– audience member
‘A truly stunning evening of music, and of one the finest compositions of the 21st century.’
– Sun News Network, Miami
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
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.