News Archives: 2014

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We are very excited about the success of our recent CD launch, and about our upcoming series of Christmas concerts.

To celebrate, and to spread the news, we are encouraging our newsletter subscribers to pass on the “secret” to their friends.

When a new subscriber adds themself to the mailing list – perhaps using the small form at the foot of this page – if they add the name of a friend already on the mailing list (or a member of the choir) in the “How you heard of us” box, both the new subscriber and the existing one will be entered into a draw to win a pair of top-price tickets to our concert Christmas in the City on Sunday 21st December.

But hurry – this offer is only open for a week – entry will close at noon GMT on Friday 5th December!

Prize Draw Rules: New subscribers to the City of London Choir e-newsletter between 26th November 2014 and noon on 5th December 2014 will be entered into the Prize Draw, as will an existing subscriber nominated by the new subscriber. The name of an existing subscriber may be entered more than once for the draw but each individual is eligible for only one prize. Members of the choir are counted as existing subscribers and may be entered as such. Winners will be drawn at random and notified by email. Six prizes will be offered, each one consisting of a pair of top-price tickets to Christmas in the City at the Barbican on Sunday 21st December 2014, 6.30pm. Tickets can be posted or left for collection at the box office, as the winner prefers. No cash alternative. Closing date: Friday 5th December, at noon GMT.

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For the very first time, the City of London Choir is taking its ever-popular “carol concert with bells on” (The Guardian) to the Barbican, in the heart of the City itself. The sparkling brass and percussion of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra join us for a joyful and uplifting celebration of Christmas. Just four days before Christmas, this is the concert to imbue the whole family with festive spirit!

We are proud to be supporting the Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund: a City-based charity that gives small grants to ex-prisoners and their families in London, to help them stop offending and start a new life.

Please click here for more details and booking information.

Flowers of the Field

*** Nine weeks in the Specialist Classical Chart Top 10 ***

The CLC’s most recent recording for Naxos, featuring performances by Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons and baritone Roderick Williams, is an anthology of twentieth century British music on the themes of war and lost youth, set against a background of the English countryside and a centuries-old pattern of rural life. Includes the premiere recording of Finzi’s Requiem da Camera in its new completion by Christian Alexander: a beautiful and poignant setting of poems commemorating the Great War, it is the composer’s memorial to his mentor who died in 1915 and to countless contemporaries who lost their lives. Jeremy Irons provides the narration for Vaughan Williams’ haunting Oxford Elegy. The disc also includes English works by two composers and a poet for whom the Great War was catastrophic: The Trumpet, a setting of Edward Thomas’s poem by Ivor Gurney (premiere recording), and George Butterworth’s Shropshire Lad Rhapsody.

Hilary Davan Wetton conducts the City of London Choir with the London Mozart Players.

The disc was the highest new entry at no. 2 in the Specialist Classical Chart in November 2014 and then held the no. 1 position for a fortnight.

Click here for more details and press reviews.

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Just after Remembrance Day, we mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, with a programme of music associated with war. Tippett’s Five Spirituals, inspired by events in 1939, are a visceral and emotive cry for reconciliation. Butterworth’s lyrical idyll, The Banks of Green Willow, was written shortly before the composer’s death at the Somme. Requiem da Camera is Finzi’s setting of heartbreaking texts by Masefield, Hardy and Gibson: a poignant elegy to friends killed in action 1914-1918. Troubled times in Europe two centuries earlier inspired Haydn’s stirring response, Paukenmesse, permeated by ominous drumbeats and culminating in a potent prayer for peace. For more details, please click here.

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The choir has just completed its 50th anniversary season by recording its third disc for Naxos with Hilary Davan Wetton conducting the London Mozart Players and baritone Roderick Williams. Due for release later this year, the recording features rare and exquisite English music of the twentieth century. More details to follow soon…

Photograph (c) Daisy Hutchison

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From Elgar to Finzi, via George Butterworth, Ivor Gurney, Cecil Coles, Parry, Holst and Vaughan Williams: marking the centenary of 1914 as part of the English Music Festival we present a programme of British music associated with 1914 or influenced by the events of the First World War.

For more details click here.



We are indebted to M&G Investments for generously supporting the CLC’s performance of the Dream of Gerontius at the Royal Albert Hall.

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THE SHOW WILL GO ON….. We are delighted as part of our education programme to offer two bursaries per season per voice part for aspiring young tenors and basses between the ages of 16 and 19. Bursaries cover music costs as well as travel expenses to weekly rehearsals. The Scheme also includes associate membership of the choir for two concert seasons and nine one-to-one singing lessons per season with top vocal coaches. A warm welcome is guaranteed and the experience is highly recommended by previous beneficiaries. To apply or for further details, please send us an email for the attention of the YABATS Secretary. We are very grateful to the Postlethwaite Music Foundation for generous support.

For more information on our education programme and opportunities for young singers, please click here.

We will be delighted to welcome successful candidates as soon as our normal rehearsal pattern resumes following the Coronavirus pandemic, and are more than happy to receive applications in the meantime.

Illustration © Kate Fisher


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We are enjoying a busy and exciting season, exactly fifty years after the choir’s formation. 2014 features a grand celebration concert in March, several returns to the Albert Hall and commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War, a hundred years ago.