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 tenors and basses to join the choir for its exciting 2019 season. More information about joining the choir here…
Rotherhithe audience enjoys CML singers’ choice tunes
CML returned to the charismatic Brunel Museum for its Favourite Things concert on 5 October.
The programme included works specially chosen by the choir’s singers, and featured solo vocal and instrumental performances by members of the ensemble.
The evening was hosted by CML MD Greg Morris, who also accompanied the choir on piano, while Matthew Evan Smith and Anthony Phillips conducted selections from Elgar’s Sea Pictures.
CML releases new CD
With repertoire taken from Collegium’s highly successful Armada! concert last March, the choir’s new CD O Quam Gloriosum is now available. You can buy the CD at all our concerts, or as a download from iTunes, Spotify or Amazon.
Recorded earlier this year 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.
CML collaborates with English
This Autumn, Collegium Musicum of London will take part in English Touring Opera‘s semi-staged production of JS Bach’s monumental St Matthew Passion, at Temple Church, London. The choir has been rehearsing for the concert since July, and will be one of the choirs participating in the event, which tours the UK.
ETO’s soloists will perform alongside the critically acclaimed period instrument orchestra, the Old Street Band, and with up to 30 different regional choirs from across the country. Conductor Jonathan Peter Kenny leads the performance, which will involve a simple, heartfelt staging.
Thursday 18 October, 7.30 pm
Temple Church, London EC4Y 7BB
CML prepares for The Messiah
Temple Church on December 14th is the setting for CML’s Christmas Messiah. A host of top-drawer soloists and period instrumentalists will line up alongside the choir, making up an impressive ensemble for Handel’s seasonal favourite.
Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir
Greg Morris, Director
Grace Davidson, Soprano
James Hall, Alto
James Way, Tenor
William Thomas, Bass
Another full house for CML’s moving WW1 tribute
Saturday 16th June saw another packed venue in central London as CML’s Pacem concert attracted considerable interest at the Swiss Church in Covent Garden.
The centrepiece was Vaughan Williams’s impassioned plea for peace Dona nobis pacem, arranged by Greg Morris for chamber ensemble and piano.
Soloists Augusta Hebbert and Michael Hickman, alongside actor Brendan Charleson, combined with the choir to produce a memorable evening of words and music; a fitting 100-year commemoration of those ordinary people who lived and died during World War One.
‘My ears are still ringing with that wonderful Vaughan Williams sound. It was a really imaginative concert’
– audience member
‘The choir is going from strength to strength on blend, intonation and emotional range.’
– audience member
Armada! concert attracts large crowd 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’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.