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 capella 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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On December 5, CML will present 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 presents a sensitive re-working of the Requiem but with choral and solo parts left untouched. Soloists Augusta Hebbert and Andrew Rupp join the choir in an all-Brahms programme which also includes the haunting Geistliches Lied, opus 30 and the Piano Trio in B Major opus 8.
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.
Collegium Musicum of London’s September concert was a partial reprise of last April’s LUMINOSO programme. The event, in aid of Paul’s Cancer Charity, took place at Trinity United Reformed Church in Wimbledon, and raised over £3,000 for the charity.
More details about CML’s future concerts.
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.
CML does JSB proud with magnificent Magnificat
Collegium Musicum of London wowed a packed audience of nearly 200 at St Sepulchre’s in the City of London last Saturday (23rd May). The choir, brilliantly conducted by Greg Morris and supported by a superb band of baroque soloists, were complemented by the four outstanding soloists Amy Wood (soprano), Timothy Travers-Brown (counter-tenor) William Balkwill (tenor) and Jimmy Holliday (bass).
The concert was the last by the choir until September, although a recording session of English folk songs and a Patronal service at the church of Our Most Holy Redeemer, Clerkenwell, beckon later in the summer.
The event also marked the end of a long association with veteran bass Roland Rosner (pictured left) who is leaving CML after many years’ loyal service. Bon voyage!