Schuman Song Cycle: Dichterliebe, performed by Richard Robbins
St Olave Hart Street, 8 Hart St, London EC3R 7NA
Richard Robbins, tenor
Charlotte Brennand, piano
Richard Robbins has been a Young Artist for Handel House and has participated in a Fellowship with St. Martin in the Fields. He currently studies with Amanda Roocroft and studied Vocal Performance on the postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of renowned tenor, the late Philip Doghan and highly respected interpreter of song, Joseph Middleton, winning the Rhonda Jones Scholarship upon graduation
Charlotte Brennand studied at the Royal Academy of Music. Winner of multiple awards and scholarships, Charlotte is now a well-established musician, having performed on prestigious stages like St.John’s Smith Square in London and Jacqueline du Pre Building in Oxford.
St Botolph without Bishopsgate, Bishopsgate EC2M 3TL, www.botolph.org.uk
Choral and organ music from the time of Wren once again features in St Botolph’s regular Wednesday lunchtime Choral Mass this week. In keeping with the Wren300 theme the music provided by St Botolph’s professional choir directed by Iestyn Evans includes two items by Maurice Greene, organist at St Paul’s Cathedral during its rebuilding by Wren. The service is followed by refreshments. All are welcome to attend.
Swiss International School Basel Sings!
St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AA, www.stlawrencejewry.org.uk
The Swiss International School Children’s Choir is composed of 36 primary school students who love to sing. This is the choir’s first international performance and the choir is thrilled to make their debut in London! Enjoy a dynamic and diverse program of songs in German and English, the two languages of the school. Come along at lunchtime to hear inspiring music in the newly renovated St. Lawrence Jewry.
Kristin Jones, American and Swiss, is the conductor of the choir
Hanna Horobets, Ukranian, is the accompanist.
Evensong: St Paul’s Cathedral Choir
St Paul’s Cathedral
Join an Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral, with the world-famous resident cathedral choir of young choristers and professional adult singers.
The choir consists of 30 boy treble Choristers, eight probationers and 12 Vicars Choral – all professional adult singers who sing alto, tenor and bass. Our boy Choristers, the youngest of whom are aged seven, board at the Cathedral School, where they get access to lots of extra music tuition alongside the normal curriculum. From September 2025 they will be joined in the boarding programme by girl Choristers for the first time.
The Cathedral Choir have performed at the Proms, and at some of our most important The Cathedral Choir have performed at the Proms, and at some of our most important services – including our special evensong in memory of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations, and the Grenfell Tower memorial service. However, at the heart of the Choir’s being is the singing of Choral Evensong each day, with Choral Mattins and Sung Eucharist on Sundays.
As well as this traditional routine, the Choir frequently gives concerts and broadcasts, as well as produces critically-acclaimed recordings and touring across the world.
Choral Evensong with The Temple Church Choir
The Temple Church, Off Fleet Street, London EC4Y 7BB, www.templechurch.com/music/the-temple-church-choir
The Temple Church Choir was founded after the Victorian restoration of the church in 1841 by Dr Edward John Hopkins. It is still considered to be one of the finest choirs in London, a reputation it quickly gained after its founding. Though its main duty is to enhance the worship in the services in the ancient Temple Church, the choir has also been involved with many exciting projects outside its liturgical commitments. The established musical tradition of the Temple Church has encompassed many distinguished and formidable musicians in church music, and some of the great figures in Anglican Church music have composed and played within its walls. Handel was a visitor to the church to hear the virtuoso blind organist and composer, John Stanley, who was appointed Organist to the Society of the Inner Temple in 1734.
Evensong: Lloyds Choir
St Katherine Cree, 86 Leadenhall St, London, EC3A 3BP, www.stkatharinecree.org
Please join us for choral evensong at the beautiful St Katharine Cree Church led by Lloyd’s Choir in its Centenary year
The Guild Church of St Katharine Cree is a church for workers in the heart of the City of London. A church has stood on this site since 1280, serving the residents and workers of the neighbourhood around today’s Leadenhall Street. Today the church welcomes all here who are looking to deepen their connection with their community and with Jesus Christ. Rooted in a rhythm of Christian prayer and worship, the ministry is focused among those who work in the City in precarious, low paid or ‘hidden’ occupations. The church offers a place to pray and a community to belong to, and a growing range of activities and opportunities to join in with. So, alongside prayer and worship, there is English classes, employment advice opportunities, health and wellbeing activities, community meals, and there is the ongoing building of connections between migrant and diaspora community groups, churches, and service providers.
The Lloyd’s Choir was established 100 years ago in 1922. The choir gives several concerts each year, usually at St. Katharine Cree. To celebrate its Centenary year, the Choir has also held a magnificent Gala Christmas concert at Merchant Taylors’ Hall and its recent Spring concert at St Giles Cripplegate church. It has also been possible for the choir to escape from the City occasionally to give concerts in country churches at summer weekends. Although the choir now attracts singers from the entire City financial community and beyond, membership is still dominated by those working in the insurance market. In some quarters it is said that Lloyd’s Choir is a rare example of a situation where underwriters and brokers are always in harmony…or nearly always!
Music in Offices: Come Sing & Conduct
St Martin-within-Ludgate, 40 Ludgate Hill, London EC4M 7DE
Join Music in Office’s Jess Norton as she takes you through an evening of demystifying what it takes to lead like a conductor. You’ll be singing various choral favourites, and each have a chance to step out in front and hone your skills as a conductor of the chorus.
You’ll learn the basics of beat patterns, how to bring people in and sing together, and how to lead dynamics.
Through instrumental and singing lessons, choirs in the workplace, bespoke workshops and team-building programmes, Music in Offices uses music to promote collaboration, creative thinking and better well-being in your workplace.
Singing and playing together promotes confidence whilst increasing the collective well-being of any team and organisation.
Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir Open Rehearsal
St James Garlickhythe, Garlick Hill, London EC4V 2AF
An open rehearsal in the Wren church St James Garlickhythe.
Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir was formed in 1972 by László Heltáy. He built an excellent reputation for the choir both in Britain and abroad, was its director until 1989, and remained its President until his death in 2019.
With a regular pool of around 30 singers, the choir has a broad repertoire, having performed masses by every major composer as well as early and contemporary works.
The choir performs unaccompanied choral work and collaborates with some of the country’s leading professional instrumentalists and soloists.
Greg Morris is Director of Music at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, Musical Director of Collegium Musicum of London and the Bar Choral Society. An acclaimed solo recitalist and recording artist, Greg has performed widely throughout the UK and Europe. He is known for his exciting and revealing interpretations of organ music ranging from the 16th to the 21st centuries, and his wide repertoire has a particular bias towards the music of J.S. Bach and 20thcentury French and English composers. He gave the world premiere of David Briggs’ Organ Concerto, and subsequently recorded the work with the Northern Chamber Orchestra.