Uncategorized Archives: September 2015

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We are delighted to unveil our plans for the new season beginning in September 2015. Visit our concerts page to find details of performances in the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Barbican Hall, St John’s Smith Square and beyond. We look forward to a series of concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and to an exciting array of soloists, all under the baton of our Principal Conductor, Hilary Davan Wetton. There is very limited space in the choir for sopranos, and limited space for altos, tenors and basses. Potential applicants should visit Joining the Choir and complete an on-line application form at the earliest opportunity.


The CLC is delighted to announce the appointment of soprano Rachel Nicholls as its official Vocal Consultant. This is a really exciting development for the choir and we look forward to benefiting from Rachel’s great skills as both singer and teacher.

Our concert with the RPO at Cadogan Hall on 2nd November will provide an unmissable chance to hear Rachel as soloist, performing Mozart’s concert aria Ch’io mi scordi di te and with the choir in Haydn’s celebrated Nelson Mass.

Rachel began her career as an acclaimed singer of Baroque Music. Now she is widely recognised as one of the most exciting dramatic sopranos of her generation. She made her début at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden in 2001, after training at the Royal College of Music. Since her international concert début in Halle in 2000, her career on the operatic stage, in concert and as an international recording artist has taken her all over the world, from her native UK, throughout Europe all the way to the USA and the Far East.

For more details, please visit Rachel’s website.

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The City of London Choir is proud to present with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra a series of concerts at Cadogan Hall conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton celebrating some of the finest achievements of the classical period: the six great masses of Haydn, each paired with one of Mozart’s late piano concertos.

The series opens on Monday 2nd November 2015 with Haydn’s intensely dramatic Nelson Mass (Missa in Angustiis, Hob. XXII:11) paired with Piano Concerto no. 23 in A (K488), featuring Mozart at his most ebullient in the outer movements and most intense, in the slow movement. Choir and orchestra open the concert with Mozart’s jubilant Regina Coeli (K 276), and his celebrated concert aria Ch’io mi scordi di te (K 505) will give full rein to the outstanding talents of pianist Tom Poster and soprano Rachel Nicholls. For full details, please click here.

The second concert in the series will be on Tuesday 12th April 2016 at Cadogan Hall, featuring Haydn’s Paukenmesse (Missa in tempore belli, Hob. XXII:9) and Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 21 in C (K467) with soloist Leon McCawley. For details, please click here.

Haydn composed a mass in each of his six final years (1796-1802) as Kapellmeister to the Esterhazy family to mark the name day of the reigning Prince’s wife – a great highlight of the court’s social calendar – providing the world with some of the greatest works ever written for choir and orchestra. Haydn’s reputation throughout Europe was unsurpassed – except by his close friend Mozart. The younger man’s undisputed genius and personality are revealed nowhere as clearly as in the piano concertos written in 1782-1784 – everyone a masterpiece, yet written at a time when Mozart’s life (in sharp contrast to Haydn’s) was in disarray and relative poverty.

For press tickets and further information, please contact Chris Evans, Director of Press and Marketing, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: evansc@rpo.co.uk