These pages contain up-to-date information for members of Collegium Musicum of London.
Concert and rehearsal venues
The historic Church of Great St Bartholomew, where CML rehearses every Wednesday, is situated in West Smithfield, in the City of London, EC1A 9DS.
Tube: Farringdon, Barbican (Hammersmith & City/Circle); St Paul’s (Central)
Overground: Farringdon, First Capital Connect.
Weekday rehearsals are nearly always at St Bart’s and are usually on Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:45. Rehearsals on the day of the concert are normally at the concert venue and take place between 14:00 and 17:00 (there will always be a sufficient break between the rehearsal and the concert). Each rehearsal always begins with a warm-up. Please arrive at the venue in good time to begin the rehearsal.
CML always supplies music for concerts, the cost of which is now factored into subscription rates. However, knowing that some choir members occasionally like to buy their own, details of which editions we will be using for the coming concert can be obtained from the choir librarian, Jane Hills, It is also worth remembering that the choir can often buy music at discount rates, and you should ask about this before buying retail. A list of scores kept by the choir is available as a PDF here.
CML always attempts to use the pronunciation of Latin and other languages appropriate to country and period; we’ll always provide a guide to any non-standard pronunciation for whatever piece(s) CML is doing in its current concert.
All of the choir’s pronunciation guides can be found here.
The choir dress for concerts is:
Men: black long-sleeved shirt, black trousers, black shoes
Women: black long-sleeved blouse, black skirt or trousers, black shoes, no jewellery or decorations
Some of our concerts are quite expensive to stage, if professional soloists or instrumentalists are engaged. In common with nearly all other choirs, our members pay subscriptions to assist towards expenses.
Subscriptions comprise two elements:
Yearly membership: A membership fee for the calendar year, payable by all singers other than those still completing their probationary concert – 60.00 (40.00 concessions).
For those whose first concert as a full member (after completing their probationary concert) falls in July or later, a reduced rate of annual membership, at 35.00 (20.00 concessions), is payable for the remainder of that year; the full rate will then be payable from the following January. This rate also applies to members rejoining the choir after July 1, following an absence.
Note that membership confers a right to vote at General Meetings, and to stand for election to the Committee. Membership does not guarantee participation in every concert.
Concert participation: All singers, including those on probation, must also pay 40.00 (30.00 concessions) per programme they take part in. A ‘programme’ may either be a single concert or a concert which has two or more performances. This concert subscription will be reduced by 10.00 if you sing in a service or Christmas event prior to the subscription becoming due.
Concessionary rates of 40.00 (yearly membership) and 30.00 (concert fee) are available for full-time students and those who are unemployed. Please note that the concessionary rate is not applicable to pensioners, or those not working because they have retired.
A special rate of 10.00 per concert is available to all those under 25. No yearly subscription, just 10.00 fee per concert.
Gift Aiding your subscriptions
The government will add an extra £2.82 to every £10 paid in membership fees, subscriptions and any additional donations if the member pays tax in the UK and signs a simple Gift Aid Tax Declaration, available from the Treasurer or available as a downloadable pdf by clicking here). The same applies to any outside donors.
For those who pay tax at the higher rate there is a further bonus in the form of a reduction in your own tax bill as well.
Ongoing commitment to pay is not a condition for this, and every member in a position to complete the Gift Aid form should do so.
Any queries about subscriptions should be addressed to the Treasurer.
CML pays tribute to former members and collaborators who have made an outstanding contribution to the choir by offering honorary membership – a title which affords certain privileges.
Honorary members as of July 2017:
Download a copy of the choir’s constitution here.
There are currently six members of the CML Committee.
The Musical Director and conductor, Greg Morris, usually takes part in committee discussions.
CML Committee 2018
Chairman & Webmeister: John Biggins
Secretary: Jennifer Vernor-Miles
Treasurer & St Bart’s liaison: Sebastian Borger
Committee member: Lucy Silver
Librarian: Jane Hills
Committee member: Matthew Smith
Committee meetings are held about four times per year and choir members are always invited to submit any business for discussion to the Secretary in advance of each meeting.
Do you have an idea for a concert, venue or repertoire? Or just want to put forward a view as to how CML can be better run? Complete the form below (in strictest confidence) and the committee will consider your suggestions.