Launch of fundraising for our debut CD!

In the first half of the twentieth century an eclectic and fascinating group of composers gathered at the George pub in Great Portland Street, nick-named ‘the Gluepot’ by Sir Henry Wood because his orchestral players tended to become stuck there! Our first recording, to be issued on the SOMM label, will feature a selection of their choral music, including well-known works by William Walton, Arnold Bax, Frederick Delius, John Ireland, Peter Warlock and EJ Moeran, as well as lesser-known gems by Alan Rawsthorne, Elisabeth Lutyens and Alan Bush, some of which have never before been recorded.

We launched our crowdfunding campaign on 10th February at our ‘Kensington to Bloomsbury’ concert, where the audience heard some of the music which will appear on the disc. Find out more about The Gluepot Connection and how you can support us!

Tour to Alsace - 'performance vocale spectaculaire'

photo © DNA France

photo © DNA France

in August 2016 Londinium embarked on its first-ever overseas tour, to the beautiful town of Colmar, in Alsace. Despite arriving in a heatwave we had a wonderful time exploring and sampling the local vintages, as well as giving two concerts, at S Matthieu, Colmar and the Abbaye de Marbach with its spectacular views over to the Black Forest. It was a delight to sing our programme of British a cappella music, 'Perspectives Anglaises', to such appreciative and capacity audiences; our concert at the Abbaye was reviewed on DNA France, where it was described as: 'La fraîcheur d’une performance vocale spectaculaire libérant des tessitures semblant sans limites. (The freshness of a spectacular vocal performance with seemingly limitless vocal textures.)'

Photographs from the tour are in our Facebook album.

Concert raises over £1,000 for Central London Samaritans

Londinium was delighted to be invited by St Paul's Beckenham to give a charity fund-raising concert on Saturday, 9th July.  Our 'Sunshine after Rain' programme raised over £1,000 for Central London Samaritans, a charity with which Londinium has a strong connection.

Founded in 1953 by Reverend Chad Varah, today Central London Samaritans is the only support service in London open round the clock, every day of the year. Every year they receive over 100,000 calls for help. People call them to be heard, to work through their problems and find positive outcomes that work for them. Volunteers also reach out and work with schools, colleges and universities, workplaces, health and welfare services, homeless people, prisons and other charities.

'Voices of the North' praised by the UK Sibelius Society

'Nielsen’s 'Tre Motetter'... made a much better impression at this concert than they did at the recent Prom where the polyphonic harmonies were largely lost in the Albert Hall acoustic... Londinium, conducted with great style by Andrew Griffiths, has the twin merits of balance and clarity in its projection of each work... very much at home with the texts. 'Rakastava' was beautifully projected for instance. The overall sound, affected to a degree by the reverberant church acoustic until the ear adjusted was, nevertheless, clear and confident. As claimed it is indeed a versatile chamber choir.' Edward Clark, President of the UK Sibelius Society, reviewed our 23rd October concert, 'Voices of the North: Sibelius, Nielsen and their contemporaries' for 'Musical Opinion' magazine and the Society's newsletter.  Read full review.

Praise for 'Once Upon a Time' on planethugill.com

They performed the Vaughan Williams as though it had been written for them.’  Our May concert, ‘Once Upon a Time’, was praised in a review which noted the choir’s ‘blend and flexibility‘ and 'beautiful bass sound’.  ‘From mythical beasts to Alice in Wonderland, a feast of storytelling in music…’  (Hilary Glover, planethugill.com)  Read full review

Concerts for the Art Fund and FGSJ

We were delighted to be engaged by the London Events Committee of the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art, to perform 'Scenes from Nature' in July, for which we sang an especially devised programme, with images of Art Funded paintings accompanying each piece. In October we performed Ariel Ramirez's Misa Criolla, with the tenor Christopher Diffey as soloist, in a programme also including Tippet's Five Spirituals and music by Jamaican composers, for the Friends of the Georgian Society of Jamaica's 20th anniversary concert.

UK premiere of Nico Muhly's 'Recordare, Domine'

The programme for our 16th April concert, 'Ruins and Reflections', was inspired by the service of Tenbrae. We were delighted that the composer Cecila McDowall was able to attend and hear her work The Lord is Good, of which she said 'The two soloists brought an ethereal quality to a powerful, yet most poignant performance'. Hilary Glover (planethugill.com) commented that 'Londinium found poignancy and beauty in the atmospheric setting of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate' with a programme which also included the UK premiere of Nico Muhly's Recordare, Domine and Gabriel Jackson's Lamentations of Jeremiah. Read full review

A 'choir to watch'

We received a 4 star review from Hilary Glover on planethugill.com for 'Chansonnerie', our 7th February concert. 'Londinium with conductor Andrew Griffiths are known for their quality performances, and this foray into French music at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate did not disappoint. Or rather I should say music in French, as it included music by German and American composers as well as French. They also know how to put on a show and get the best from their singers... [the] choir is definitely one to watch.'  Read full review

Londinium's performance of 'A.M.D.G.' a 'tour de force'

Our January concert, 'Britten in America', marked the Britten centenary by setting Hymn to St Cecilia and A.M.D.G., both written while Britten was in America in 1939-1942, alongside American music including Copland's In the Beginning, for which Carris Jones was the mezzo-soprano soloist. The concert was reviewed by Robert Hugill, who particularly praised Londinium's performance of A.M.D.G. ‘… a terrific piece if taken on its own terms and one which gives the choir a chance to shine, which Londinium did quite brilliantly. Their performance of the whole work was a tour de force, and it was presented with a confidence, firmness and vividness which was altogether admirable.’ (Robert Hugill, planethugill.com) Read full review