Coro celebrates 20 years with Bach’s Mass in B Minor

Coro is delighted to confirm details of its special 20th-anniversary concert, Bach’s immortal Mass in B Minor, to be presented at 6:30pm on Saturday, 21 March 2020 in the stunning setting of the St Pancras New Church in London.

Completed in 1749, just a year before Bach’s death, the Mass in B Minor represents the work of more than two decades of his life and is widely regarded as one of the supreme achievements of both the classical and choral music worlds.

In the coming weeks, stay tuned as we reveal our special guest soloists for the performance. Sign up to our mailing list for news and updates, and be sure to follow us on Instagram (@coro_london) to get sneak peeks into our rehearsals.

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Coro celebrates 20th anniversary season

When a small group of dedicated singers gathered together one evening in September 2000 to form the chamber choir now known as Coro, little did they know that it was the beginning of something truly special—not just a creative outlet for dozens of London’s most experienced amateur musicians, but an outlet for lifelong friendships and fun.

Last month, we were delighted to kick off our 20th anniversary season on Clapham Common, headlining the 30th annual Colourscape Festival. Taking over the dazzling Colourscape catacombs, audience members and singers alike were moved by the combination of a visually rich environment with ethereal choral and instrumental music, an original commission for the festival by composer David Stevens.

Last weekend, we were off and away for an intensive weekend away at the gorgeous Tone Dale House in Somerset, preparing to mount Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem in partnership with our friends at the Beckenham Chorale. Performed with full orchestral accompaniment, tickets are now on sale for this concert, taking place 30 November at St George’s Church in Beckenham.

Earlier in November, Coro is proud to announce that we will be joining Sarah Brightman for an already sold-out concert at the Royal Albert Hall, as she returns to perform in London for the first time in 15 years. Perhaps most well-known for originating the role of Christine Daae in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s classic The Phantom of the Opera, both in the West End and on Broadway, Sarah Brightman is one of the world’s leading classical and cross-over vocalists, and we are honoured to welcome her back to London at one of the city’s most iconic music venues. Learn more on the Royal Albert Hall’s website.

As usual, Coro will be bringing Christmas carols and festive favourites to a number of public and private events throughout the holiday season. We’re delighted to offer our services for corporate events as well as public and private functions—if we can help make your Christmas a merrier one, please contact us at bookings@corolondon.com so that we can discuss your requirements.

We round off the first half of our 20th anniversary season with our annual Christmas concert, held this year on Saturday, 14 December at London’s beautiful St Clement Danes RAF Church in the Strand. This year, we are delighted to be joined by guest reader and British television legend, Nerys Hughes, star of the BBC’s Liver Birds and The District Nurse. For many of our regular audience members, Coro’s Christmas concert has become a staple of the season, and we invite you to join us as we present festive favourites, old and new. Tickets are now on sale and are selling fast, so get yours today!

Finally, we’d like to offer our thanks to our audience, with particular thanks to the friends, family and alumni who have supported our singers these past 20 years. We are honoured to make music for you, and we hope to welcome you at our performances for many years to come.

Please stay tuned for further announcements about our 2019/20 season—particularly, our special 20th-anniversary concert on 21 March!

Coro Headlines Colourscape 2019

Our Autumn 2019 season got of to an unusually psychedelic start.

We were delighted to headline Colourscape Clapham Common on 22nd September 2019.

Colourscape is an enormous, inflatable, colourful maze. Members of the public wander through it, discovering chambers of colour with musicians and singers dispersed throughout.

Coro performed Tintinabulation by David Stevens which was commissioned especially for us and the occasion to create ‘a soundscape through an imagined, distantly remembered Sunday’.

 

 

 

 

We’re recruiting!

Are you looking to join a choir? We are currently looking for second basses to join Coro this term.

Coro is a London-based chamber choir for experienced singers dedicated to performing a broad range of choral music to the highest standard. We perform four concerts per year, alongside some smaller gigs and opportunities, with rehearsals taking place on Monday evenings in the Centre of London. We also pride ourselves on our socials, so if you’re looking to make some new friends and have some fun while you’re at it, look no further!

If you’d like to enquire about an audition please email us at auditions@corolondon.com

London International Choral Conducting Competition

 

Coro is delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural London International Choral Conducting Competition, in partnership with our friends at Chantage. We’re honoured to be part of this exciting and important event, championing emerging talent and promoting the choral arts.

This is a brand new initiative, turning the spotlight on the next generation of choral conductors and forging stronger relationships in the international choral community in the process. We’re looking for emerging choral conductors aged 18 – 32 years old from all over the world to compete in front of a distinguished international jury over the weekend of 20th to 21st October 2018.

Hosted by premier London chamber choirs, Chantage and Coro, and joined by this year’s guest choir, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi’s Chamber Choir FREIA from Finland, the weekend festival will also feature masterclasses and a Gala Concert. The event, which is taking place at the Royal Academy of Music, will celebrate choral music-making of the highest quality and through its competitive element, featuring a first prize of £5,000, give a significant boost to exceptional conductors in the early stages of their career

For details on how to apply and the format of the competition, as well as further information on the events of the festival, visit www.liccc.co.uk. Applications close on 25 May 2018.

Read more at www.liccc.co.uk/news

 

 

 

Celebrity Reader Announced

Breaking News!

We are delighted to announce that our celebrity reader for this year’s Christmas concert is Susan Jameson.

Sue is perhaps best known nowadays for playing Esther Lane in New Tricks from 2003 to 2013 and, to younger viewers, as the ghastly Great Aunt Loretta in CBeebies award-winning show Grandpa in my Pocket. She also starred as Jessie Serton in When The Boat Comes In, as Kate in Take Three Girls and in To Serve Them All My Days.

Sue played HM The Queen in the Channel 4 series The Queen a few years ago, when HM came up against Lesley Manville as Margaret Thatcher in her heyday. Sue says the Queen definitely won that contest!

Recently Sue was seen on BBC in the drama Him and in 2014 Sue’s first book of short stories Pony Tails was published.

We will be delighted to welcome Sue to our concert on 16th December 2017. Tickets are selling quickly so buy yours now.