CML 50th anniversary commission

Today the amount raised for our anniversary commission fund stands at:

David Bednall

Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir was founded in 1972 by Hungarian émigré László Heltáy. Arriving in Britain in 1956 with little more than a suitcase, his grandfather’s overcoat and a conducting baton, Heltáy built a career in choral conducting which set new standards and ideals in British choral singing.

To celebrate its golden anniversary, and Heltáy’s illustrious legacy, CML is commissioning a new work from composer David Bednall – a companion piece to Henry Purcell’s Hail! Bright Ceciliato be performed at the choir’s anniversary concert at St James’s, Piccadilly, in November 2022. 

David’s music is an original and distinctive synthesis of various late-Romantic and 20th-century influences, including Howells, Vaughan Williams, Puccini and Ravel with a distinctive 21st-century twist.

Setting a text in praise of the joy and power of music, the work will not only celebrate CML’s 50 years of music-making in London, but will also be available to challenge and inspire choirs and audiences throughout the UK and beyond. The piece will use the same instrumentation as the Purcell, making it the ideal partner in concert programmes. It will also be available in a version accompanied only by organ, and it’s hoped a professionally produced recording will be made – making the piece more widely accessible to choirs with limited resources.

CML has applied for a new music grant from the Performing Rights Society to partially fund the commission. However, the choir needs additional financial support if it’s to fulfil its ambition.

Our target is to achieve a total of  £10,000, which will fund a 15-minute piece.

Donation details

If each of our regular supporters contributes just £10, we would be halfway to achieving our target.

Larger donations

A gift of 50.00 or over receives a complimentary glass of bubbly and free souvenir programme for the first performance. 

A gift of £100 or over receives a complimentary glass of bubbly, free souvenir programme and a free ticket to the first performance. 

For these larger donations, you will be emailed a voucher to claim your bonus thank-you gifts nearer to the date of the concert.

Click here to donate to our anniversary commission fund

Any donor interested in sponsoring the first professional recording of the work is asked to contact the choir directly.