Welcome to Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir. With a regular membership of about 35 singers, the ensemble is 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 & BASSES to join the choir for its exciting 2018 season. More information about joining the choir here…
Armada! concert attracts full house 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.
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‘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.’
Saturday’s concert of intimate choral music proved a resounding success at a packed St George’s, Bloomsbury. CML produced one of its most accomplished performances with works by Schubert, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Stanford and Vaughan Williams. Meanwhile, no-one present will forget the outstanding contribution of tenor James Way (pictured right), who was undoubtedly the star of the show. The choir looks forward to a long and fruitful association with this exceptionally talented soloist in the future.
Another highlight was Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir’s Musical Director and Temple Church organist Greg Morris pulling out all the stops (ahem) in his sensitive performance of Brahms’s two Piano Intermezzos. Bravo!
CML Musical Director embarks on epic Bach journey
Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir’s conductor, Greg Morris also doubles as chief organist at Temple Church.
Between October 2017 and July this year, Greg will be performing all JS Bach’s works for the instrument in various high-profile London venues, including Westminster Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Southwark Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
Details of CML’s 2018 season here.
CML makes the move to St Bart’s
After over two decades rehearsing and performing at the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer in Exmouth Market, Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir is relocating down the road in Clerkenwell to 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.
CML began rehearsing its October concert – Time & Tide – at St Bart’s in September, and in March, performed its Armada! concert in the church.
So it’s goodbye to Holy Redeemer, The Cinnamon Tree and the Wilmington Arms, and hello to the attractions of Smithfield! We look forward to welcoming you there in 2018!
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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.