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 Wednesday 10 July 2019 – Carpenters’ Hall
City Chamber Choir’s programme explores the various ways in which composers have appropriated the creations of their fellow composers to add their own voice to something that has fired their imagination: how they have taken a simple tune or bass line and repeated it in ever more elaborate ways; how they have completed a noble fragment; or how they have transformed an ancient piece through the prism of modern harmonies. So, from Grainger’s ‘rambles’, to Roderick Williams ‘re-imaginings’, from Stravinsky’s completions to masterful variations by Purcell and Brahms, and a joyfully anarchic ‘rearrangement’ by Gardner, the evening will be full of examples of exquisite and ingenious craftsmanship.
Programme includes: Gesualdo completed Stravinsky Tres Sacrae Cantiones | Purcell Hear my prayer | Chilcott My prayer |Praetorius Es ist ein Ros entsprungen | Sandstrom Es ist ein Ros entsprungen | Grainger piano rambles on Dowland ‘Now, o now, I needs must part’; Bach ‘Blithe bells’ | Samuel Wilson Le Cygne (first performance)
Stephen Jones conductor
Philip Shannon piano
Tickets £15.00 (£10.00 under 18s and full time students only) available at the door or:
NEW! If you missed our Christmas concert, or were there and would like to hear it again, a recording is available to purchase from Exit Live.