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.
Are you looking to hire an accomplished vocal ensemble for your party, wedding or event? Click here for more details on how to hire the choir.
Do you want to join a fun, professionally minded chamber choir? CML is presently on the lookout for new altos, tenors and basses. 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 altos, tenors and basses. More information about joining the choir here…
CML visits the northern lights
In Europe, though Iceland and the northern regions of Norway, Sweden and Finland are located within the aurora zone, the spectacle is visible from further afield, and Collegium Musicum of London takes its inspiration for its next concert from composers from these northern lands.
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Yuletide festivities with Battersea dogs and cats
Now a tradition at this time of year, Collegium Musicum of London entertained a large and appreciative audience in Chelsea – including some fine canines and a smattering of A list celebrities – helping to raise funds for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. This is CML’s tenth year at St Luke’s, and it’s always a fun occasion!
Here’s just one of the favourable comments from an audience member:
‘We are travelling from New Zealand and for the second time were able to attend the Battersea Concert last night. It was a delightful evening. And while the work of Battersea is rightly honoured and the animals are the stars of the show, it is the wonderful choir and choir master who bring this evening together. The singing was beautiful. We felt uplifted as we floated home in the London rain and are still full of happiness this morning. You make this evening special and we are very grateful for your effort, grace and mastery that make this a wonderful evening to attend…thank you all…and please pass thanks to the organist…just stunning.
Happy Christmas to you all and to your families.’
CML packs out St James’s for triumphant Baroque programme
For the first time in its history, Collegium Musicum of London opened the gallery at St James’s, Piccadilly, as audience numbers swelled for the choir’s concert on Saturday 18th November.
Rapturous applause greeted CML’s spirited and polished renditions of classic works by Handel, Vivaldi, Bach and Purcell.
And audience members were generous in their praise:
‘A beautiful concert in a perfect setting. Both the familiar, like the Vivaldi Gloria, and the lesser known, but revelatory, Dixit Dominus by Handel.’
‘Beautiful choral music sung to a very high standard in a lovely setting.’
‘This was a really wonderful concert. A great programme, with fantastic voices, both the soloists and the whole choir and great musical accompaniment too.’
‘This was a beautiful concert that I will remember for a long time. Great choice of music in the programme sung perfectly.’
Read more about CML’s forthcoming concerts here.
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.
Please help with a donation – no matter how small.
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.