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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Are you looking to join a fun, professionally minded chamber choir? CML is presently on the lookout for tenors and altos to join in time for its rehearsals for the Mozart Requiem, which start in October. More details about how to join CML here.
‘Collegium Musicum of London…sang with great conviction and clarity.’
– The Guardian, review of St John Passion, Hackney Empire, 8 March, 2020
Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir is currently on the lookout for new tenors and basses. More information about joining the choir here…
The isle is full of noises!
Next month, Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir joins Clara Sanabras and her band in a concert celebrating the choral works of female composers across the centuries, including Sanabras’s atmospheric modern take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, A Hum About Mine Ears. Music by Hildegard von Bingen, Barbara Strozzi and Fanny Mendelssohn is showcased, as well as contemporary works by Alison Willis and Janet Wheeler. In a wide-ranging programme, celebrated American songwriter Carole King will also feature.
CML’s summer concert
Collegium Musicum of London returned to Holy Redeemer in lively Clerkenwell for a short concert this July. Collaborating with newly formed professional ensemble Antioch, CML performed acappella works by Byrd, Purcell, Elgar and Treseder.
Music for a While was the choir’s first outing since December 2020, and though performers and audience were socially distanced, the concert signalled a return to regular performances by CML, which will continue in October with A Hum About Mine Ears, a collaboration with Spanish singer and composer 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!
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.