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.

Journeyings A choral voyage of discovery

7.30pm, Tuesday 12 July 2022

Carpenters’ Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, London EC2N 2JJ

A choral voyage of discovery bringing together varied music (including piano and violin solos) from across the centuries, to create a fascinating programme with something for everyone to enjoy.

City Chamber Choir’s concert in the beautiful surroundings of Carpenters’ Hall, explores journeys both physical and spiritual.
The choir is honoured to be giving the first performance of a new work by its award-winning President, Cecilia McDowall. Commissioned by Geoffrey Smeed for CCC and its conductor Stephen Jones, Good news from New England, for choir and solo violin, is inspired by the Mayflower voyage and draws on the journal of William Bradford, the leader of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts for its text.

McDowall Good news from New England | Mathias Full fathom five | Hughes Three swans | Jackson A ship with unfurled sails | Clarke My spirit like a charmed bark doth float | Grainger Shallow Brown | Lauridsen Sure on this shining night | Whitacre The seal lullaby Gibbons The silver swan | Chilcott Even such is time | Weelkes Thule, the period of cosmography; The Andalusian merchant | Vaughan Williams Valiant for truth

This concert is in support of the Carpenters’ Company Charitable Trust.

Tickets: £20.00, £10.00 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.