News Archives: 2016

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…while there are still tickets.

Classic carols and new favourites, including extracts from Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, settings by John Rutter, John Gardner, David Willcocks, Peter Warlock, Howard Goodall and many more. With plenty of audience participation.

Part of the 31st Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square. For more details and to book tickets, please click here

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Are you one of the thousands of people who has enjoyed our Christmas concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and The Barbican over the last few years? This year, we’ll be together again, with Hilary Davan Wetton, at Cadogan Hall and tickets are selling fast. Soprano Grace Davidson joins us on Tuesday 6th December for a festive evening to remember. For more details or to book, please click here

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The CLC’s most recent performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra received rapturous applause from a capacity audience at Cadogan Hall. Join us for the next concert in our Haydn/Mozart series on 23rd March 2017. Meanwhile watch this space for news of our first Haydn CD, shortly to be released…

Photograph: (c) Caroline Lagden

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Raring to go after a summer break, the choir begins rehearsing again on 5th September. To find out more about joining us, please click here.

Why not come to our Singing Day on Saturday 1st October? A series of workshops from 10am to 5pm will be led by our music director Hilary Davan Wetton and our vocal consultant, the internationally acclaimed soprano Rachel Nicholls. You are warmly invited to join us.

The main focus will be Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana (it probably needs no introduction but – just in case – the collection of thirteenth century poems, set to music in the 20th century, which continue to have considerable resonance today with themes like love and lust, drinking and gambling, spring and fertility, fortune and wealth). For additional musical variety, we will also be working on some pieces from the European Sacred Music Book.

The day is open to all (over 18) as well as current members and will cost £20 (half price for students) – excellent value for a whole day’s singing.

Places must be booked in advance. For more details and to book, please send an email to We look forward to hearing from you.

photograph (c) Roger Way

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Our new recording is out! Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Mass in Time of War, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a thrilling line-up of soloists under the baton of Hilary Davan Wetton, which was released in December by RPO Records, is now available from the RPO shop, Amazon and all usual outlets. 


Join us for the fourth concert of our acclaimed series with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Thursday 23rd March at Cadogan Hall. We will be singing Haydn’s Theresienmesse with a stunning line-up of soloists, and Leon McCawley wil be playing Mozart’s much-loved Piano Concerto in C minor K491.

* So said Boulezian of our recent performance of Mass in Time of War (Paukenmesse) in the second of this series of six concerts. ‘Davan Wetton’s choral experience was very clear – and welcome, as was the discipline of the singers themselves…Choral consolation was as real as it was lovable.’ Read the full review here, and book your tickets today for Theresienmesse.

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The second concert in our exciting series with the RPO celebrating Haydn’s great six final masses and Mozart’s late piano concertos features Haydn’s “kettledrum mass” and a feast of Mozart featuring pianist Leon McCawley and a stellar line-up of young vocal soloists. Click here for more details.

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The City of London Choir is delighted to be returning to Dorchester-on-Thames again this May to take part in the tenth English Music Festival, performing Sir Arthur Bliss’s Pastoral: Lie Strewn the White Flocks with the Holst Orchestra under Hilary Davan Wetton and part-songs by John Dankworth, Sterndale Bennett and Havergal Brian. For more details, please click here.


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Internationally renowned soprano Claire Rutter and baritone Stephen Gadd join the City of London Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican on Monday 7th March 2016 to perform two of the most sublime and dearly loved works in the romantic canon. For more details, please click here.