Christmas 2017 poster
Founded in 1966

Founder Malcolm Cottle
Conductor Jessica Norton

Registered Charity
No. 1059149

Christmas Concert

For our Christmas concert, we are performing two major British unaccompanied choral pieces from the 1920s, Vaughan Williams' Mass in G minor and Arnold Bax's Mater Ora Filium. The concert, which takes place at the Church of St Botolph without Bishopsgate on 14 December 2017 at 8pm, also includes Christmas and Advent music by Herbert Howells, William Matthias, Julian Merson and Kenneth Leighton. Poster

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Vaughan Williams' Mass in G minor dates from 1921 and is imbued with the composer's love of British 17th music, notably the music of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. Though its premiere was given in concert form, the work was intended for R.R. Terry and the choir of Westminster Cathedral.

Arnold Bax's glorious motet Mater Ora Filium dates from the same period. Setting a medieval text, the work was inspired by Byrd's Mass in Five Voices, the work was considered by composer Patrick Hadley to be 'an unsurpassed example of modern unaccompanied vocal writing'.

Summer Concerts

Our Summer concert was at the church of St Bartholomew the Less on Thursday 13 July 2017, and we repeated the programme on a most successful tour to the Netherlands, singing in Haren (Groningen) and Beetsterzwaag. You can see pictures from the tour on our Facebook page. Pictured left is our concert in Haren on Saturday 5 August 2017. The programme included Victoria's Missa O Quam Gloriosum, James MacMillan's O Radiant Dawn, plus motets by Bruckner, Durufle, Brahms, Hassler, Rameau & Poulenc.

New Season

For the 2017/2018 season we are exploring some of the great landmarks of 20th century unaccompanied sacred music including Vaughan Williams' Mass in G minor, Pizzetti's Requiem, Ginastera's Lamentations of Jeremiah and Bax's Mater ora filium.

Our Christmas concert will be on Thursday 14 December 2017 at the Church of St Botolph without Bishopsgate when we will be performing Vaughan Williams' Mass in G minor, Bax's Mater ora filium and motets by Howells. Our Easter concert is on Thursday 22 March 2018, when we will perform a programme including Pizzetti's Requiem, Ginastera's Lamentations of Jeremiah, plus Allegri's Miserere and Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories, and we will be repeating the concert on Saturday 24 March 2018 in the chapel of Queen's College, Cambridge.

Come sing with us!

London Concord Singers has vacancies for altos, tenors and basses. We are a friendly chamber choir with an eclectic repertoire from Josquin to contemporary music, and rehearse on Monday evenings in Clerkenwell. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings, and we resumed rehearsing on 11 September 2017. Just email 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.

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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

50th Anniversary Cake
Review of A Musical Sequence for Holy Week
Our Easter concert, on Wednesday 23 March 2016 at the Church of St Botolph without Bishopsgate was reviewed by Michael Gray for (the review is also available on Michael Gray's blog).

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 East London Chorus, Assistant Musical Director of Pegasus Choir, Interim Musical Director of the London Orpheus Choir and a freelance rehearsal conductor. Read more about Jessica

Keep in Touch - Join our Mailing List: Like to know more? If you would like to keep in touch so we can let you know about concerts and future plans then please please join our free mailing list. You can use our On-line Form to join, or just email your Name & address to us at You can also visit our Facebook Page to keep up to date.

Why not join us? 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 Clerkenwell area. 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.

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7.30pm Thursday 10 December 2015
Priory Church of the Order of St John, St John's Square, Clerkenwell Road, London EC1

For their Christmas concert, London Concord Singers worked with Robbie Jacobs for the first time and performed for the first time in the Priory Church which is part of the Museum of the Order of St John, in a programme which paired Palestrina's double-choir mass Hodie Christus natus est with Francis Poulenc's Christmas motets, and seasonal music by Morten Lauridsen, Anton Bruckner, Richard Rodney Bennett and Sweelinck.

December 2014: The founding musical director of London Concord Singers, Malcolm Cottle, died suddenly on 6 December 2014. His death was unexpected and our thoughts are with his family. Malcolm died shortly before our Christmas 2014 concert, the choir did not hesitate in deciding to carry on and give our Christmas concert as planned with 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. The photo shows our soloist cellist Corinne Morris and London Concord Singers - photo courtesy of Val Waidhofer

About Us: 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 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

Photo Gallery: Photos from our concert on 21 March 2013 at St Michael's Cornhill, taken by Joshua Hayes.