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.
And we can’t wait to sing to live audiences this year. Come and join us for our much-loved Carols by Candlelight at St John’s Smith Square on Saturday 18th December – this year with TWO performances, at 5pm and 7.30pm. You can also find us at Cadogan Hall and at St George’s Hanover Square – visit our Concerts page to find out more, and hurry hurry while tickets are available!
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.
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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 Rainbow… and songs of sunshine and rain.
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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.
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?
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
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.
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.
Compelling composer and conductor Eric Whitacre performs an all-American programme, including pieces by Bernstein, John Adams and Copland.
The Grammy-winning composer is known for his charismatic conducting style and inventive and complex choral compositions.
His own works complete the concert’s repertoire, culminating before the interval in the dynamic and epic Equus.
Lux Aurumque – Whitacre’s choral composition that became an internet sensation – follows, and the lively Godzilla Eats Las Vegas! concludes the evening.
BERNSTEIN Overture, Candide
WHITACRE October; Songs of immorality; Equus
WHITACRE Lux Aurumque (Light of Gold)
ADAMS Short Ride in a Fast Machine
COPLAND Quiet City
WHITACRE Godzilla eats Las Vegas; Sleep
Eric Whitacre, conductor
City of London Choir
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