Photograph by John Watson
One of London’s leading and busiest vocal ensembles
We are a very busy group and do a lot of singing. Each year sees us performing on at least 30 occasions. These range from our own concerts to regular appearances at St Martins-in-the-Field with the Belmont Ensemble; festivals in France and festivals in the UK; live on BBC Radio and at the O2 Arena with Rick Wakeman; in the recording studio for TV commercials and at the Royal Albert Hall in live movie nights; charity carol services and at liturgical services at City churches.
Since our foundation we’ve performed at all the major London venues. We’ve also sung by invitation for the Lord Mayor of London at the Mansion House and for HM The Queen at both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
Our repertoire covers all aspects of the classical and baroque choral works, including the Bach Passions and B Minor Mass, Haydn Masses and the Creation, Handel’s Coronation Anthems, Messiah, and Dixit Dominus, as well as the requiems of Mozart, Fauré and Verdi. Our a cappella repertoire is extremely wide, from early polyphony to modern cabaret. We’ve also worked closely with a number of organisations, such as the William Tyndale Society, to create concerts around themes. In addition, we have a long association with contemporary music written both for and in the Byzantine and Eastern traditions.
We’ve also commissioned a number of new works including the Troparian of Kassiani by the Greek/Canadian composer Christos Hatzis, and When Augustus Reigned by Ivan Moody.
We appear on a number of commercial albums, most notably those of Vangelis. We are also credited on Ridley Scott’s 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Steve Spielberg’s Band of Brothers, and Eric Levi’s Era. We performed Tommy with The Who and have a long association with Rick Wakeman having performed the original Journey to the Centre of the Earth with the LSO at the Royal Festival Hall in the 1970’s to its revival at the O2 Arena this year.
We have three Patrons, each reflecting aspects of our heritage and values:
The Very Reverend Dr Ivan Moody – modern commissions
Former Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Sir Andrew Parmley – our City connection
Rick Wakeman – recording studios and live rock concerts