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. We perform concerts in many 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 event.


Concert for Ukraine
Rachmaninov: Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op. 37

7.30pm, Tuesday 10 May 2022

St Catherine’s Church, Telegraph Hill, Hatcham SE14 5SG

Stephen Jones Conductor

‘Even in my dreams I could not have imagined that I would write such a work.’
Sergei Rachmaninov, after the first performance

The fifteen movements of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil were written in just two weeks, in 1915. The composer drew on the a cappella tradition of Orthodox church music, weaving authentic Russian and Ukrainian chants into nine of the movements and creating his own ‘conscious counterfeits’ in the others.

Join the award-winning City Chamber Choir for a performance of this moving and uplifting twentieth-century masterpiece.

This concert is in support of the Disaster Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Tickets: £10.00, £5.00 concession (under-18s/students/unwaged); under-12s free.


We’re recruiting!

Like many groups, the pandemic has had an impact on our membership. In the first instance, we would like to recruit some tenors. We’re a friendly bunch who rehearse on Tuesday evenings in the City of London. You can find out more about membership here…

If you’re a tenor with reasonable sight-reading and would like to audition, we’d love to hear from you. Please email our Membership Secretary Helen Godwin.