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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‘A wonderful choir. You clearly have high standards, and deep commitment. It was clear that everyone there wants to be the best they can be. It was a good experience to work together with you, and to speak with some of you. It made me want to be in a choir again.’
– James Conway, Artistic Director, English Touring Opera
Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir is currently on the lookout for new singers to join the choir for its exciting 2019 season. More information about joining the choir here…
Summer songs from CML
Collegium Musicum of London changes the mood from Bach to the Beach Boys for its June concert in Clerkenwell. With music by Vaughan Williams, Rutter, Delius, George Gershwin and many more, the choir makes its first appearance at the historic Crypt on the Green with a light and eclectic acappella programme.
And there’s a free glass of fizz thrown in!
CML makes its mark with stunning
B minor Mass
A packed house at St James’s, Piccadilly was present for CML’s first return to Bach’s momentous work since 2006.
Under the expert guidance of the choir’s MD, and alongside a host of top Baroque instrumentalists and soloists, CML produced a spirited and polished performance which can only have added to the ensemble’s growing reputation in the capital.
‘It was so beautifully sung, just rich and varied. I have seen marvellous etchings of Bach in his churches, with the choir around him, I can just imagine how pleased he would be with CML’s interpretation.’
‘How wonderful to sit in a Wren church listening to Bach’s masterpiece performed by Collegium Musicum singing and playing with so much pleasure.’
CML impresses packed houses at Temple Church
Temple Church on December 14th was the setting for CML’s sell-out Christmas Messiah. A host of top-drawer soloists and period instrumentalists lined up alongside the choir, creating an impressive ensemble for Handel’s seasonal favourite.
Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir
Greg Morris, conductor
Grace Davidson, soprano
James Hall, alto
James Way, tenor
William Thomas, bass
Five days later, along with some seasonal favourites, the choir reprised selections from Handel’s famous work for Temple’s Christmas concert, featuring Giles Brandreth and Stephen Mangan.
Barney Poole Photography
photo: Robert Workman
CML in triumphant collaboration with English Touring Opera
This Autumn, Collegium Musicum of London was thrilled to take part in English Touring Opera‘s semi-staged production of JS Bach’s monumental St Matthew Passion, at Temple Church in London. An ecstatic audience attended the event, which featured a children’s choir, authentic baroque instrumentalists and a host of exceptional soloists. The production is now touring the UK.
‘Collegium Musicum were vivid and alarming in the big dramatic sequences: rarely have I heard “Barrabam!” sung with such gleeful cruelty.’
– Benjamin Poore, Bachtrack
‘Fabulous stuff – great to see it presented that way, including period instruments, and a wonderful setting.’
– audience member
‘The choir was really very good, as were the soloists and orchestra. And your conductor cannot be accused of a lack of energy. Many congratulations on putting on such a grand – riveting even – musical event.’
– audience member
‘So passionate and such a good pace. Loved it, must have been a blast singing it, well done!’
– audience member
CML’s exciting 2019 season includes Summer Songs in Clerkenwell, Duruflé’s Requiem at Temple Church, and nine centuries of Christmas music at St Bart’s, Smithfield. And there’s another outing for the choir’s exciting Messiah, at Temple Church in December.
CML releases new CD
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.
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.
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 parish 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.
Explore our home at St Bart’s with this 3-D model here.
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.