City Chamber Choir aims to revive neglected choral works from past ages, to search out the best in 20th century composition, and to plot musical pathways for the present century.
The choir is led by its hugely experienced founder, Stephen Jones, with guidance from its President, renowned composer Cecilia McDowall, and Patron, Bob Chilcott, and receives infusions of new music from up-and-coming ‘composers in residence.’ Our repertoire encompasses Palestrina, Howells, and popular Christmas carols, but ranges far and wide.
Formed in 1987 and comprising singers from many walks of life, we meet for rehearsals a stone’s throw from St Paul’s cathedral. Our home, St Anne and St Agnes church, also known as the Gresham Centre, was designed by Christopher Wren, has been rebuilt many times, and is itself an inspiration. We perform concerts there and in many more of the City of London’s beautiful Wren churches.
We are constantly looking to collaborate with singers, musicians and others from the arts, and regularly travel for concerts and workshops outside the City, beyond London and overseas.
We are always on the look-out for new members to join us on this exciting musical journey!
You can find out more about the choir on the About us page, or better still, come to our next concert.
7.00 pm Tuesday 22 October 2019
St Mary-at-Hill Lovat Lane Eastcheap EC3R 8EE
Our first programme of the season contains a menagerie of feathered friends as well as numerous other animals. From the various characters in Bob Chilcott’s settings of Aesop’s Fables, to pieces that evoke the nightingale (from Granados, to Howells and thence to Sherwin), it is the swan that takes pride of place, with musical settings by Saint-Saëns, in turn reimagined by Samuel Wilson, Chilcott and Gibbons (the composer!). Of course, there is much more besides, and the evening comes home to roost with Eric Whitacre’s joyous and witty Animal Crackers and Little Birds.
Chilcott Aesop’s fables | Granados The maiden and the nightingale (piano solo) | Howells King David | Stanford The bluebird | Vaughan Williams Silence and music | Saint-Saëns The swan (piano and cello) | Wilson Le Cygne | Nielsen Sidskensang (Song of the siskin) | Anon Sumer is i-cumen in | Janequin Chant des oiseaux | Gibbons The silver swan | Daquin The cuckoo (piano solo) | Vautor Sweet Suffolk owl | Anon Dindirin, dindirin | Lennon & McCartney arr. Runswick Blackbird | Sherwin arr. Kirby Shaw A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square | Whitacre Animal crackers | Whitacre Little birds
Stephen Jones conductor | Philip Shannon piano | Mirjam James cello
Tickets £15.00 (£10.00 under 18s and full time students only) available at the door or: