Welcome to our chamber choir

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.

Looking to hire an accomplished vocal ensemble for your party, wedding or event? Click here for more details on how to hire the choir.

Are you looking to join a fun, professionally minded chamber choir? CML is presently on the lookout for new tenors and altos. 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

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Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir is currently on the lookout for new tenors. More information about joining the choir here…

LATEST NEWS

Summer songs from CML

CML returned to the theme of summer for the choir’s latest uplifting visit to the Crypt on the Green in lively Clerkenwell on July 7. An eclectic mix of upbeat and offbeat numbers was rapturously received by the audience. A particular favourite was the choir’s rendition of the Spice Girls’ Wannabe, arranged as an English madrigal. Listen to it below!

‘What a terrific concert. You can’t beat hearing that full swell of a large number of voices acapella in perfect precision timing. This is a well drilled choir.’
– Audience member David Bottomley

 

 


CML celebrates Ralph Vaughan Williams

Saturday May 7 saw a packed Temple church for CML’s Vaughan Williams extravaganza. In a programme which included the composer’s Serenade to Music and The Lark Ascending, the stand-out performer was violinist Ian Belton. The choir and vocal soloists also acquitted themselves brilliantly – expertly marshalled from the rostrum by CML musical director Greg Morris.

Audience reaction

‘A wonderfully uplifting evening of Vaughan Williams music in an historically memorable and beautiful Temple church. High quality singing and a gorgeous setting for the iconic Lark Ascending.’
– Richard Pilkington

‘A truly beautiful selection of Vaughan Williams – I specially loved ending with Lord Thou Has Been Our Refuge. The Lark Ascending was very beautiful – kudos to Greg Morris for the organ accompaniment!’
– Helen Jeffries

‘This was an excellent concert in a beautiful venue. Very much enjoyed.’
– Stella and Stan Ruszczynski

‘The Turtle Dove, reminded us of how much Vaughan Williams contributed to the preservation and development of traditional English music and was a gentle and beautiful end to one of the finest choral concerts I have attended. I very much hope to see and hear this choir again, and in this space.’
– Thuranie Aruliah

‘This was absolutely beautiful. Simply stunning. The choir performed wonderfully and we enjoyed the singing very much, not forgetting the skills of the organist. The venue was beautiful too, a perfect choice for the music. Thank you to everyone who had clearly worked so hard to bring everything together.’
– Elizabeth

‘The Temple Church was the perfect setting for such a sublime concert. The singing was so pure and beautiful and the effect of The Lark Ascending being played from the circular part of the ancient church was wonderful.’
– Judy Corry

‘What a perfectly beautiful performance in a beautiful church.’
– Shirley Gregory


CML 50th anniversary commission appeal

To celebrate its golden anniversary this 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!

More info, and details about how to donate here…



2022 season

CML’s anniversary year promises to be a busy one, with four new concerts and a reprise of last December’s Mozart Requiem at Temple Church.

March 2022 saw the choir visit the Church of The Enunciation in Warwick Street, central London, for a moving performance of Rachmaninov’s magnificent Vespers. CML returned to Temple Church in May for a Vaughan Williams concert commemorating 150 years since the composer’s birth. In July, CML performed 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.

More details 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.

Every little helps!


CML’s latest CD

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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.

More details…

 


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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.

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