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…
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, conductor
Grace Davidson, soprano
James Hall, alto
James Way, tenor
William Thomas, bass
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
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
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 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.