Welcome to Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir. With a regular membership of about 35 singers, the ensemble is centrally based in one of the capital’s most elegant Christopher Wren churches, St James Garlickhythe, in the City of 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…sang with great conviction and clarity.’
– The Guardian, review of St John Passion, Hackney Empire, 8 March, 2020
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CML’s summer concert
Collegium Musicum of London returns to Holy Redeemer in lively Clerkenwell for a short concert this July. Collaborating with newly formed professional ensemble Antioch, CML will perform acappella works by Byrd, Purcell, Elgar and Treseder.
Music for a While will be the choir’s first outing since December 2020, and though performers and audience will be socially distanced, it’s hoped that the concert will signal a return to regular performances by CML, which will continue in October with A Hum About Mine Ears, a collaboration with Spanish singer Clara Sanabras.
CML launches its 50th anniversary commission appeal
To celebrate its golden anniversary next year, CML is commissioning a new work from composer David Bednall – a companion piece to Henry Purcell’s Hail! Bright Cecilia – to be performed at the choir’s anniversary concert at St James’s, Piccadilly in November 2022. But we need help to fund the project!
The choir’s 50th anniversary commission appeal is live now!
2022 season announced
CML’s anniversary year promises to be a busy one, with four new concerts and a reprise of this December’s Mozart Requiem at Temple Church.
March sees the choir visit the Church of The Enunciation in Warwick Street, central London, for a performance of Rachmaninov’s magnificent Vespers. CML returns to Temple Church in May for a Vaughan-Williams concert commemorating 150 years since the composer’s birth. In July, CML performs a varied a cappella programme celebrating summer, at The Crypt in Clerkenwell, and the 50th anniversary concert Songs for St Cecilia will take place at St James’s, Piccadilly.
Stay tuned for more details!
CML Brahms to soothe those lockdown blues
Lockdown CML delivers another fine online performance, this time of the haunting Geistliches Lied, Brahms’s earliest accompanied choral work, composed in 1856 when the composer was only 23. Set to a poem by the chorale author Paul Fleming (1609-1640) about the acceptance of fate and trust in God, it began as an exercise in counterpoint. The final ‘Amen’ is one of the most celebrated outros in all classical music.
Watch the video here.
Online concert from CML
Unable to perform since March, CML singers reconvened in September to rehearse for a recording at Temple Church featuring works by British composers. Music for a While is a 30-minute tribute to native masters from the last 500 years.
View the video here.
‘A very beautiful and relaxing half hour in the company of a wonderful choir. Thank you!’
Lockdown Mozart from CML
With an ambitious concert of Mozart choral music planned for next year – including the sublime Requiem – Collegium Musicum of London’s singers got together online to produce their own version of the famous Ave Verum Corpus.
CML’s home-made Hallelujah!
Collegium singers have collaborated with a bunch of their favourite instrumentalists for this very special lockdown version of the Hallelujah Chorus. Watch out for our Librarian Jane Hill’s cameo appearance on the recorder!
Lockdown CML now an online choir
Recording all their parts separately and then stitching them together, Collegium Musicum of London singers have produced a video of Bach’s beautiful chorale In Meines Herzens Grunde from the St John Passion. In all probability there’ll be more to come!
Donate to CML
You can now donate to your favourite chamber choir by clicking the button below. CML ticket prices are kept low through our members’ subscriptions – and our special low subs rate for the under-25s helps attract younger singers.
In January 2020, CML moved its base to St James Garlickhythe in the City – resulting in a huge increase in rehearsal hire costs.
Every little helps!
CML’s latest CD
Recorded in 2018 at Temple church, the collection includes works by Byrd, Tallis, Victoria, Parsons and Guerrero, as well as organ interludes by Tomkins and Byrd, played by the choir’s MD Greg Morris.
With repertoire taken from Collegium’s highly successful Armada! concert in March that year, the choir’s CD O Quam Gloriosum is now available. You can buy it at all our concerts, or as a download from iTunes, Spotify or Amazon.
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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.