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.
A list of scores kept by the choir is available as a PDF here.
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
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
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
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
Vaughan Williams: Flos Campi; Mass in G minor
Vivaldi: Gloria in D (RV 589)