Welcome to Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir. With a regular membership of about 35 singers, the ensemble is centrally based in London’s oldest church, the spectacular St Bartholomew The Great, in West Smithfield, 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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Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir is currently on the lookout for new singers to join the choir for its exciting 2018 season. More information about joining the choir here…
CML’s salute to WW1 – in words and music
The centrepiece of Collegium Musicum of London’s summer concert, commemorating the end of World War One, is Vaughan Williams’s impassioned plea for peace Dona nobis pacem. The composer wrote the cantata in 1936 amid fears that a new global conflict was looming. It takes the form of six movements, with the poetry of Walt Whitman – as well as passages from both the Mass and the Bible – providing the text. The phrase Dona nobis pacem (‘Give us peace’) punctuates the entire work.
Armada! concert attracts full house to St Bart’s, Smithfields
The choir’s acappella concert of 16th-century English and Spanish music last Saturday at St Bart’s in Smithfield showed CML at its polished best – in front of a sell-out audience. Guitarist Moises Silva contributed hugely to an enjoyable evening in truly stunning surroundings.
Watch out for the CD and digital download later in the year!
‘A truly remarkable concert in a venue that enhanced the experience. The choir were absolutely splendid.’
‘An unexpected treat. Sublime singing and playing in a hidden gem of a venue.’
‘Beautifully performed polyphony in a fabulous venue. Given that all the pieces were from the 16th century , it was remarkable to be hearing them in a venue that pre-dates them by 400 years.’
‘Lovely music in the very atmospheric venue of St Bartholomew the Great Church. The choir, which sang unaccompanied, was very impressive and guitarist was also great – who knew a guitar could sound like that?!’
‘The concert last night was truly wonderful. Of course the surroundings were very special, but your singing was just beautiful. The romanesque arcades of the apse looked so like those of Cordoba cathedral, making the Spanish connection even stronger.’
CML Musical Director embarks on epic Bach journey
Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir’s conductor, Greg Morris also doubles as chief organist at Temple Church.
Between October 2017 and July this year, Greg will be performing all JS Bach’s works for the instrument in various high-profile London venues, including Westminster Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Southwark Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
Details of CML’s 2018 season here.
CML’s home: St Bart’s in Smithfield
Since September 2017, Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir’s home has been the magnificent 12th-century church, St Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield.
This lively and spectacular venue, the oldest church in London, was founded in 1123 as an Augustinian monastery. Now a parish church, it is home to a thriving congregation as well as being a destination for visitors from all over the world.
For CML members, it’s a thrill, every Wednesday evening, to rehearse in such spectacular surroundings, and afterwards retire to the nearby pubs The Rising Sun and the Hand and Shears, just a stone’s throw away in Cloth Fair.
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CML Chamber Choir appears on BBC Radio 3’s Meet My Choir
Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir’s 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.