Collegium tries, wherever possible, to use the pronunciation of Latin and other languages appropriate to country and period. Over the years, the choir has undertaken considerable research in this area, and this page is designed to share our findings with other choirs. The arguments about the pronunciation of Latin are many, and the information below is, like any such research, subject to argument, but we hope, nonetheless that you will find it useful.

The tables attached to the links below have been designed so that they can be read and understood by anyone with a basic knowledge of French or German diacritic marks; phonetic symbols have been avoided.

Those wishing to make a more in-depth study of the way singing Latin varies according to date and place are recommended to read Harold Copeman’s excellent book on the subject: “Singing in Latin”.

Click on a links below to access the appropriate PDF.

Latin: Renaissance Franco-Flemish
Latin: Standard German
Latin: French Baroque
Latin: Renaissance English

A list of scores kept by the choir is available as a PDF here.

Programme Notes
The programme notes below are all taken from CML programmes since 1997. The pieces are listed in alphabetical order by composer. Click on the blue link to pull up the notes under those letters. All notes are by Barry Creasy unless otherwise stated.


Bach: B minor Mass

Bach: Jesu meine Freude; Magnificat in D

Brahms:Alto Rhapsody; Motets (op. 74)

Britten: St Nicholas; Suite for Harp

Brown: Lauds

Bruckner: Mass in E minor

Cooke: The Christmas Ode

(Maxwell) Davies: Solstice of Light

Debussy: Danses sacrée et profane; Trois chansons de Charles d’Orléans

Delius: Two Aquarelles

Dove: The Passing of the Year

Duruflé: Requiem

Dvorak: Serenade in D minor for strings


Elgar: Serenade for strings

Fayrfax Manuscript: Songs and carols

Handel: Chandos Anthem No. 9; Dixit Dominus; Messiah

Haydn: Salve Regina in G minor

Hindemith: Harp sonata

Holst: Choral songs from the Rig Veda; Two psalm settings

Howells: Mass in the Dorian Mode; Requiem

Janacek: Otcenas


Lambert: The Rio Grande

Mendelssohn: Te Deum in D

Monteverdi: 1610 Vespers

Mozart: C minor mass

Orff: Carmina Burana

Parry: Songs of Farewell

Poulenc: Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël

Purcell: The Fairy Queen

Pizzetti: Messa di Requiem

Purcell: King Arthur

Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

Respighi: Lauda per la Natività del Signore
Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle


Scarlatti (D): Stabat Mater

Stravinsky: Mass

Vaughan Williams: Flos Campi; Mass in G minor

Vivaldi: Gloria in D (RV 589)