RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS A Sea Symphony Piano Concerto in C Fantasia on 'Old 104th' Psalm Tune (2)

2023 sees the final six months of Hilary Davan Wetton’s epic time as the choir’s esteemed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor.

The choir has had just two conductors since its foundation in 1963. Hilary Davan Wetton took over from founder Donald Cashmore in 1989 and the choir has enjoyed Hilary’s musical direction ever since. The choir is indebted to Hilary for his inspirational leadership, expertise, energy and enthusiasm throughout his remarkable tenure.

“Hilary has inspired singers in the CLC for over 30 years with his inimitable musicianship, drive and unrelenting pursuit of excellence,” comments Daniel Mansfield, Chairman, City of London Choir. “I’d like to thank him publicly, on behalf of the choir, for his consummate artistry, dedication and unfailing commitment. He has been instrumental in shaping the CLC’s reputation as one of the best non-professional choirs in the country. We will miss him enormously.”

The focus of Hilary’s final months with the choir will be a farewell performance of Verdi’s Requiem at the Barbican on 14th March 2023. 

For more information about the post of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, please contact Celia Clark at City of London Choir: PR@cityoflondonchoir.org or Jenny Robinson, General Manager: GM@cityoflondonchoir.org

Photo © Clive Barda  

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Setting Walt Whitman’s stirring words and imagery, Vaughan Williams’ first symphony is a metaphysical tour de force for choir and orchestra, conjuring the majesty and capriciousness of the sea. With soloists Roderick Williams and Sophie Bevan, the symphony is accompanied by the highly unusual Fantasia on Old 104th Psalm Tune, featuring pianist Mark Bebbington, the evocative Norfolk Rhapsody No.1 and the spirited Overture to The Wasps. Visit our concerts page for more details.


12th October 2022 will mark 150 years since the birth of the great British composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams. The City of London Choir is celebrating this anniversary throughout 2022 – at the Barbican, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square and beyond. News of all events coming can be found on our Concerts page.

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A sparkling evening of romance, tragedy and high spirits: an international cast of soloists and the London Mozart Players perform a fabulous selection of music from the world’s most popular operas.

Heart-warming arias from La bohème, The Pearlfishers, Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, Candide, Nabucco, La traviata and more, alongside rousing choruses from the City of London Choir, all under the baton of Benjamin Pope.

For tickets and more details please click here.

Captain Noah

Join us for our first live performance in 16 months! A family concert with jazz trio and baritone Njabulo Madlala – celebrating the lifting of restrictions and the return of live music. Shearing’s Songs and Sonnets of Shakespeare, Horovitz’s Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo, Over the Rainbowand songs of sunshine and rain.

To book, click here

Cripplegate tracks

Hot off the press, you can now find our new recordings of sublime unaccompanied English choral music on Spotify. We recorded five tracks between lockdowns and under socially distanced conditions, at the end of last Summer. Many thanks to Hilary Davan Wetton, Producer Andrew Walton and St Giles-without-Cripplegate for helping to make them happen.






Cripplegate SD recording

We can’t sing together just now, but we did manage a little socially distanced singing in the autumn and recorded the results. We’d love you to enjoy them. Please head to our YouTube channel to enjoy performances of Stanford’s Blue Bird, Finzi’s My Spirit Sang All Day, Elgar’s The Shower and As Torrents in Summer, and Sterndale Bennett’s Come Live with Me. All recorded and filmed in the beautiful and ancient City church of St Giles Cripplegate, in the heart of the Barbican. Why not subscribe to our channel while you’re there?


Lockdown Choir

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the City of London Choir temporarily stopped being able to sing together in March 2020, and this piece has been recorded individually by members of the choir at home. It is dedicated to the memory of our friend Alvin Chua (1976-2020), who joined the choir in 2010. Click here to hear it.

Music Director: Hilary Davan Wetton

Lockdown Chorus Master: Alex Davan Wetton

Mixing and video editing by Ben Morales Frost

Music: Edward Elgar

Words: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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We are thrilled to have been invited to perform Mendelssohn’s greatly loved oratorio Elijah at Cadogan Hall on 12th February. With the London Mozart Players and soloists Elin Manahan Thomas soprano, Katie Bray mezzo soprano, Ed Lyon tenor and South African baritone Colin Schachat in the title role, this promises to be a memorable performance. Full details on our Concerts page

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Join us for the opening and closing concerts of the second Summer Music in City Churches festival this June! We are performing gorgeous settings of poetry by Finzi, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Parry, Britten and more on Thursday 20th, and a midsummer celebration of Shakespeare on Friday 28th, both in St Giles Cripplegate. Click here for full details.