Keeping you Covid-safe at concerts
As we welcome you back to live performances, our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. Therefore although the government have removed all legal restrictions and requirements from 19 July, they continue to recommend the wearing of masks in situations where a lot of people are present. Hence, we kindly request that you wear a mask when attending our concerts.
We will continue to review and manage any risks and will respond to any changes in government guidance.
A Hum About Mine Ears
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair
Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir joins Clara Sanabras and her band in a concert celebrating the choral works of female composers across the centuries. Music by Hildegard von Bingen, Barbara Strozzi and Fanny Mendelssohn is showcased, as well as contemporary works by Alison Willis, Anna Semple and Janet Wheeler. In a wide-ranging programme, celebrated American songwriter Carole King will also feature.
In the second half, vocalist and composer Clara Sanabras’s A Hum About Mine Ears takes Shakespeare’s The Tempest on a musical voyage of emancipation and wonder.
More than a simple soundtrack to the play, A Hum About Mine Ears takes some of The Tempest’s ideas and themes – loss and retrieval, exile and reunion – and relates them to Sanabras’s own experiences as a modern woman and an emigrant.
While some songs use direct passages from the play, others place the characters in more contemporary settings – Sanabras’s haunting and powerful score casting Ariel as a festival-crazed free-loving spirit, or Miranda as an independent woman, released from Prospero’s control.
Drawing on elements from blues and jazz to European folk, A Hum About Mine Ears unravels one of Shakespeare’s most famous works, in a performance as deep, mysterious and expansive as The Tempest itself.
Watch the Hum About Moine Ears introductory video
December 4, 2021
St John’s Smith Square
After an absence of 18 years, CML returns to St John’s Smith Square for a performance of Mozart’s famous Requiem.
The work has been a staple of the choral repertoire since its first publication in July 1800. Yet, when Mozart died on 5 December 1791, much of the work was left unfinished. Constanze, the composer’s wife, desperately needed the remainder of the commission fee, so she decided to have the work completed by another composer, and pass it off as entirely by Mozart. The version widely performed and recorded today is the work of Franz Xaver Süßmayr, who assisted Mozart in the final months of his life.
CML is joined by an orchestra of professional instrumentalists and a star lineup of distinguished soloists for what promises to be a poignant tribute to Mozart’s genius, 230 years after the composer’s death.
2022 season announced
CML’s anniversary year promises to be a busy one, with four new concerts and a reprise of this December’s Mozart Requiem at Temple Church.
March sees the choir visit the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Warwick Street, central London, for a performance of Rachmaninov’s magnificent Vespers. CML returns to Temple Church in May for a Vaughan-Williams concert commemorating 150 years since the composer’s birth. In July, CML performs a varied a cappella programme celebrating summer, at The Crypt on the Green in buzzing Clerkenwell, and the 50th anniversary concert Songs for St Cecilia will take place at St James’s, Piccadilly.
Stay tuned for more details!