We are excited to announce that the internationally renowned tenor Daniel Norman will be the City of London Choir’s first Artist in Residence for the season 2017/18. Daniel has recently appeared in Billy Budd for Opera North, Die Meistersinger for Glyndebourne Festival, and Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Dunedin Consort. He will be joining us on the stage for Haydn’s Creation Mass in October 2017 and Harmoniemesse and Mendelssohn’s Elijah in 2018 (details of all of which can be found on our concerts page). For more details about Daniel, please click here.
We’ve got a busy beginning to the 2017-18 Season, starting with Haydn’s Creation Mass at Cadogan Hall. Click here for ticket information. In the following months Hilary Davan Wetton will be directing us in concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and St John’s Smith Square – all before we hang up our stockings in December.
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.
Addressing a nationwide shortage of choral tenors, we are delighted as part of our education programme to offer two bursaries per season for aspiring young tenors 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 our first Apprentice Tenor, Nick, highly recommends the experience. The scheme is generously supported by Base Quantum Ltd. To apply or for further details, please send us an email for the attention of the YATS Secretary.
For more information on our education programme and opportunities for young singers, please click here.
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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.
Thursday 14th November 2013 St John’s Smith Square
The City of London Choir (“perhaps our finest amateur singers”, Sunday Telegraph) launches its 50th anniversary season with the trumpets, sparkling choruses and irresistible joyfulness of Bach’s Magnificat. The exuberance of Mary’s song of joy is reflected in Bach’s scoring: with a five part choir and the fullest orchestral forces available to him, the composer achieves an astonishing range of colour and mood, and every movement illuminates the text with perfect clarity and conviction. This great paean of praise is paired with another: Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum, written among national rejoicing at a great victory in Bavaria led personally by the composer’s patron, George II. Composed on a similarly grand scale, it assured continued popularity for Handel in his lifetime, and received the following breathless contemporary review: “so truly masterly and sublime… that [it proves] this Genius not only inexhaustible, but likewise still rising to a higher Degree of Perfection”.
Hilary Davan Wetton (“one of Britain ‘s finest choral conductors” Daily Mail) conducts the City of London Choir with stellar soloists and outstanding baroque ensemble Music for Awhile (leader: Margaret Faultless).
Julia Doyle: “radiant, intelligent and wholly engaging” (The Guardian); “crystalline fluidity” (Early Music Today)
Robin Blaze: “an extraordinary interpreter… I don’t think I’ve ever heard such a seductive, limpid beauty of tone that has so much emotion behind it” (BBC Radio 3 CD Review)
William Berger: “his tone is beautiful, his technique immaculate” (The Guardian)
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‘freshness, bloom, attentive diction and a palpable heart’ (Daily Telegraph)
Welcome to the City of London Choir. Please click one of the images below to find out more about us.
The best way to experience the City of London Choir’s thrilling sound is, of course, by attending one of our Concerts. We perform regularly at the Barbican and St John’s Smith Square (where we stage our much-loved Christmas concert), not to mention the ever-delightful English Music Festival in Dorchester-on-Thames. We make a point of finding the finest professional soloists, who range from established artists to promising young singers, and particularly value the orchestras we work with, from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who partner us at the Barbican, and the London Mozart Players to world-class early music ensembles such as Music for Awhile and the Hanover Band.
You can also listen to the City of London Choir in the comfort of your own home, by purchasing one of our highly acclaimed CDs. All are available from Amazon.
We are always keen to hear from new committed singers. If you are interested in joining us, you can find out about our rehearsal schedule and audition process (including our application form) under ‘Joining the Choir’ below. Our Open Events allow us to share our passion for music with friends, family and members of the public as well as providing a glimpse of what it’s like to sing with the City of London Choir. All are also welcome to join us on our bi-annual Singing Weekend, which will next take place in summer 2017. Look out for further details to follow.
The City of London Choir is indebted to its loyal supporters. Through their generous financial support, they help guarantee the choir’s future as one of London’s leading non-professional choirs, and its ability to continue promoting concerts in London’s finest concert halls with top-class professional musicians.