London Concord Singers
|Founded in 1966|
Founder Malcolm Cottle
From Darkness to Light
For Advent 2018, London Concord Singers will be performing Arnold Bax's glorious motet Mater Ora Filium, a work inspired by Byrd's Mass in Five Voices, and considered by composer Patrick Hadley to be 'an unsurpassed example of modern unaccompanied vocal writing'. Under the theme of From Darkness to Light, the programme also features music by contemporary composers John Tavener, Judith Bingham, Orla Gjeilo, Cecilia McDowall and Robert Hugill. The concert takes place at St George's Church, Bloomsbury on Thursday 6 December.
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To mark Jessica Norton's third anniversary as musical director of London Concord Singers, the choir has announced a celebratory 2018/19 season. The centrepiece of the season will be a performance in April 2019 of Alfred Schnittke's stupendous Choir Concerto, which will be sung in collaboration with another of Jessica Norton's choirs, the East London Chorus. For Summer 2019, London Concord Singers' focus story telling with contemporary works by Robert Hugill, Jessica Norton and Bob Chilcott plus music by Elizabeth Maconchy. The season starts with an Advent concert in December 2018 which features Arnold Bax's Mater Ora Filium as centrepiece.
Alfred Schnittke's Choir Concerto (Concerto for Mixed Chorus) is one of the choral masterpieces of the 20th century. An extended setting of words from 'The Book of Lamentations' by the Armenian monk Grigor Narekatsi (951-1003), it was written in 1984/5 and scored for a very large choir. London Concord Singers has performed the work three times before (in 1994, 1999 and 2008), and in fact were the first amateur choir in the UK to perform it. For this performance, London Concord Singers will be joining forces with one of Jessica Norton's other choirs, the East London Chorus, to perform the work at St Pancras Church, London on Saturday 13 April 2019.
London Concord Singers' Summer 2019 concert will feature story telling as its theme, with a programme which will include Robert Hugill's The Black Dragon, a science-fantasy inspired piece which was commissioned by members of the choir to celebrate the millennium in 2000. Jessica Norton will also be writing a new piece for the choir, and the programme will be completed with Bob Chilcott's Aesop's Fables and Elizabeth Maconchy's Creatures.
Full details of all our concerts from the Concerts page.
Come sing with us!
London Concord Singers has vacancies in all voices. We are a friendly chamber choir with an eclectic repertoire from Josquin to contemporary music, and rehearse on Monday evenings in the Clerkenwell/Smithfield. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings. Just email email@example.com for more details and we look forward to welcoming you. You can get a taster of our rehearsals with a lovely video which film-maker Laura Ruiz created, it is available on Vimeo.
Hear Her Voice
Our Summer programme, Hear Her Voice, celebrated the centenary of Women's suffrage with a programme of music by female composers ranging from Hildegard of Bingen, through Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn, to Elizabeth Maconchy, Grace Williams and Thea Musgrave, plus a new piece by our musical director Jessica Norton and Lucy Pankhurst's The Pankhurst Anthem commissioned by the BBC to celebrate the centenary. We gave the concert in London on Thursday 12 July 2018 at the church of St Bartholomew the Less and in Ely on Saturday 14 July 2018 in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral.
Summer 2017 in the Netherlands
Last Summer we made a most successful tour to the Netherlands, singing in Haren (Groningen) and Beetsterzwaag. You can see pictures from the tour on our Facebook page. The programme included Victoria's Missa O Quam Gloriosum, James MacMillan's O Radiant Dawn, plus motets by Bruckner, Durufle, Brahms, Hassler, Rameau & Poulenc.
50th Anniversary Concert
2016 was the choir's 50th anniversary; we were founded by Malcolm Cottle in 1966. And we celebrated this on 8 December 2016 with our 50th anniversary concert at Priory Church of the Order of St John, St John's Square, Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1V 4JJ. The concert included three world premieres Alison Willis's Thou hast made me endless, the winner in our Anniversary Composition Competition, a new piece by our conductor Jessica Norton, Robert Hugill's Dominus Illuminatio Mea. Afterwards there was celebration and even a cake, see our Facebook page for our album of photos
Introducing our Music Director:
Since 1 January 2016, London Concord Singers has been conducted by Jessica Norton. Alongside her work with the London Concord Singers, Jessica Norton is Musical Director of the London Orpheus Choir, the East London Chorus and the Henley Youth Choirs, a freelance rehearsal conductor and recently finished working as Associate Musical Director of Pegasus Choir. Read more about Jessica
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London Concord Singers has 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.. Our concert on July 15th 2009 was reviewed by Seen and Heard and their review is here