London Concord Singers
|Founded in 1966|
Founder Malcolm Cottle
Requiem and Lamentations
Our forthcoming programme of sacred music combines powerful, but lesser known, 20th century works with major works from an earlier period. Ildebrando Pizzetti's Requiem and Alberto Ginastera's Lamentations of Jeremiah will be performed alongside Gregorio Allegri's Miserere (in Ben Byram Wigfield's new edition, originally made for The Sixteen) and a selection of Carlo Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories. The programme is being presented at the church of St Bartholomew the Less, London EC1A 7BE on Thursday 22 March 2018 at 7.30pm, and at chapel of Queen's College, Cambridge on Saturday 24 March 2018 at 4pm.
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Dating from 1922, the Requiem mass by the Italian composer Ildebrando Pizzetti, best known for his operatic treatment of T.S. Elliott's Murder in the Cathedral, is steeped in the tradition of Gregorian chant, weaving tradition chants together with more 20th century harmonies. Written in 1946 by the Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera, Lamentations of Jeremiah is full of strong rhythms and striking harmonies.
London Concord Singers will be performing Allegri's Miserere in the performing edition by Ben Byram-Wigfield which was originally created for The Sixteen. This starts with Allegri's original unadorned music, moves through the version preserved in the Vatican in the 19th century and ends with the popular version, complete with the top C. The programme is completed with a selection of Gesualdo's powerful Tenebrae Responsories.
Summer 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.
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.
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 the Clerkenwell/Smithfield. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 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
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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