Founded in 1966

Founder Malcolm Cottle
Conductor Jessica Norton

Registered Charity
No. 1059149

London Concord Singers Rehearsal from Laura Ruiz on Vimeo.

Summer Concerts

For our Summer concert we will be performing at the church of St Bartholomew the Less on Thursday 13 July 2017. The church is within St Bartholomew's Hospital grounds (inside the Henry VIII gate entrance in West Smithfield) and has an 18th century octagonal interior created by George Dance the Younger within the medieval shell. Our programme will include Victoria's Missa O Quam Gloriosum, James MacMillan's O Radiant Dawn, Bruckner's Os Justi & Locus Iste, and Durufle's Ubi Caritas plus motets by Brahms, Hassler, Rameau & Poulenc. We will also be taking a revised version of the programme on tour to Groningen in the Netherlands in August. See our concert page
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New rehearsal video

Many thanks to Laura Ruiz for the lovely new video taken during one of our rehearsals for our 50th Anniversary Concert. You can see the video to the left, and it is also available on Vimeo. The music is Benjamin Britten's Hymn to the Virgin. And if you feel like trying one of our rehearsals and joining us, then please get in contact.

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50th Anniversary Concert

2016 is 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

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. Just email for more details and we look forward to welcoming you.

Plans for 2016/17, include a Christmas service of readings and carols, an Easter concert of music for choir and organ in the church of St Sepulchre without Newgate and a Summer trip to Groningen in the Netherlands.

Anniversary Composition Competition
Our concert on December 8, 2016 is our 50th Anniversary concert when we celebrate the choir's founding by Malcolm Cottle in 1966. As part of the celebrations we have held a composition competition, inviting composers to submit short settings of one of three texts we have selected. The winning work, chosen by the choir after singing through the five short-listed pieces, is Thou has made me endless by Alison Willis.

Further ahead
On Sunday 18 December 2016 at 4pm we will be singing in a service of Readings and Carols at Wanstead United Reformed Church. Our Easter 2017 concert will be on 6 April 2017 and will take place at the Church of St Sepulchre without Newgate.

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 new Music Director:
We are pleased to announce that from the 1 January 2016, London Concord Singers will be conducted by Jessica Norton. Jessica studied music at the University of Surrey, where she majored in Conducting with Russell Keable and Composition, and went on to study an MA in Choral Conducting with Simon Halsey at the University of Birmingham. She is now a freelance musician in London, taking vocal workshops, composing, and working part-time for Bach To Baby and the Barbican Centre. 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.