|Founded in 1966|
Founder Malcolm Cottle
Malcolm Cottle, the founding musical director of London Concord Singers died suddenly on 6 December 2014. His death was unexpected and our thoughts are with his family. There will be a memorial celebration event for Malcolm on Saturday 1 August 2015, at St Michael's Church, Square, London SW1W 9HH when former members of London Concord Singers and other singers who have worked with Malcolm are invited to join us in performing. The event will be conducted by Matthew Collins.
The choir did not hesitate in deciding to carry on and give our Christmas concert as planned on 18 December 2014, with our soloist cellist Corinne Morris. We are very grateful to Matthew Collins for stepping in at very short notice to complete the work that Malcolm began, and to conduct the concert.
Our next concert will be on Thursday 9th July 2015 at Grosvenor Chapel, South Audley Street, London. Matthew Collins will again conduct the choir in a programme which will include choral music, solo songs and piano solos including Finzi's partsongs and Bob Chilcott's Aesop's Fables
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London Concord Singers is an award-winning chamber choir of about 30 mixed voices, based in central London, with a broad-ranging repertoire. The choir was founded in 1966 by the conductor, Malcolm Cottle. The choir became a registered charity in 1996.
London Concord Singers have given a number of world, UK and London premieres of works by composers such as John Rutter, Andrzej Panufnik, Richard Rodney Bennett, John McCabe, Kenneth Leighton and Michael Ball, as well as pieces specially written for the choir.
The choir has also given performances of major contemporary pieces such as Alfred Schnittke’s Choral Concerto and Malcolm Williamson’s Requiem for a Tribe Brother. In its 40 year history the choir has performed all of the unaccompanied choral music of Francis Poulenc.Hear an excerpt from a recent concert here, Parry's My Soul there is a Country recorded live in July 2008.
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Our concert on July 15th 2009 was reviewed by Seen and Heard and their review is here.
We make regular trips abroad to sing. In 2013 we sang in Ljubljana, Slovenia and in previous years we have travelled to Basel, Verona, Barcelona, Strasburg, Tallinn (Estonia), Normandy, Bruges, Ghent, St. Andrews and the Crail Festival. In Summer 2003 we went to Rheims to sing in the music festival Les Flaneries Musicales d'Ete de Reims and had an audience of nearly 1300 at our concert in Rheims cathedral.
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We are always on the look out for new voices in the choir. We rehearse weekly on Monday evenings from 7pm to 9.30pm in the Blackfriars area (from 26 January our rehearsal location will move to Clerkenwell). If you feel like singing in our exciting and stimulating choir please contact our Hon. Secretary, Robert Hugill, and arrange to come along. Membership is via an informal audition.