ABOUT US

ABOUT US

For over forty years, Chiswick Choir has built up a reputation for performing the classic European repertoire as well as contemporary works.

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CONCERTS

CONCERTS

Chiswick Choir performs three concerts a year, bringing choral music to a wide audience at affordable prices.

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JOIN US

We welcome new members to enjoy and share our experience of  performing choral works to the highest standards.

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MEMBERS

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Useful information for Chiswick Choir members

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Welcome to the West London Chorus

Coming Events

  • Saturday 3rd December 2022 – Winter Concert
    St Michael’s and All Angels, Bedford Park W4

    Mozart’s Requiem

    Join us in December for our performance of one of the most famous choral works in the classical repertoire. It was written in 1791 during the last days of Mozart’s life. The origins of this beautiful work are still shrouded in mystery and the subject of myth and legend, though nothing can detract from its musical power and emotional impact.

    Henry Nelson O’Neil, The Last Hours of Mozart. 1860s.

  • You can still buy our Christmas CD!

    This was our first commercial CD recording as the West London Chorus with two festive works by the well-known choral composer, Bob Chilcott – On Christmas Night and Wenceslas.

    Wenceslas is based on the legendary tale of the Bohemian King and his Page, and tells of their kindness towards an impoverished peasant struggling in the winter cold.

    On Christmas Night charts the trajectory of the Nativity story, from the fall of Adam to the prophesy of the Incarnation, to Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Christ.


    Order the CD here
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Play an extract from our new CD

About Us

The original Chiswick Choir was founded in 1976 in London W4 by John Thackray, a passionate musician who served as conductor for many London choirs. Between 1984 and 2015 the choir was conducted by Alistair Jones and since January 2016 the choir has flourished under the direction of award-winning composer and conductor Hilary Campbell. In 2021 the choir changed its name to the West London Chorus to reflect its wider reach and appeal.

Over the course of its career the Choir has built a repertoire principally based on the European tradition from the 16th to 20th centuries. The choir has also performed more contemporary pieces, including the world premiere of Alistair Jones’s Stabat Mater in 2006, Will Todd’s Mass In Blue and works by Bob Chilcott and others.

The choir’s repertoire includes most of the major works suited to a group of its size – the Bach Passions, Mass in B minor, oratorios by Handel, works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and so on. Excursions into the 20th century have included performances of Britten’s Saint Nicolas, Tippet’s A Child of Our Time and Stravinsky’s A Symphony of Psalms.

Our Aims are:

  • To inspire amateur singers to perform choral works to the highest standards
  • To bring choral music to a wide audience at affordable prices
  • To encourage singers to experience the enjoyment of singing
  • To keep the tradition and art of choral singing alive for future generations

We always welcome new members, and more information is available on our Join Us page.

We also offer a limited number of vocal scholarships each year to nurture the skills and experience of talented singers between the ages of 18 and 30.

Here are some short videos of the Choir performing:

Choir videos

Concerts

For information about our forthcoming performances and events, please see our CONCERT SCHEDULE

We usually perform three concerts a year as the culmination of our Spring, Summer and Winter seasons, working with a variety of soloists, small ensembles, or full orchestras, to deliver works from our varied repertoire.

Music we’ve performed recently includes:

Handel’s Coronation Anthems, Carl Orff ‘s Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Fauré’s Requiem, Will Todd’s Mass in Blue, Duruflé’s Requiem, Elgar’s Spirit of England, Vaughan Williams’ Sancta Civitas, Schubert’s Mass in G, Bruckner’s Requiem in D, Bob Chilcott’s Songs and Cries of London Town, and much more.

We normally perform in local churches but we’ve also filled St Johns Smiths Square and provided the guest choir at York Minster. To see what we’ve done recently, look at our CONCERT ARCHIVE.

Here’s part of our pre-lockdown performance of O Lord of all Creation from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

…and a ‘virtual performance’ of At the River by Aaron Copland arr R. Wilding-White, recorded under lockdown by choir members at home.

Recent events

Our first event of 2022 was our ‘Come and Sing’ workshop in January, when choir members and guests spent the afternoon working on Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ with our musical director Hilary Campbell.

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In July 2022 we put on our Platinum Jubilee Celebratory Summer Concert in a full St Peters Church in Acton. performing Handel’s Coronation Anthems, I Was Glad by Purcell and other works.

The Coronation Procession of George II

Handel’s four celebratory Anthems, including the rousing Zadok the Priest and The King shall rejoice, were written in 1727 for the Coronation of George II. A contemporary account of their first performance in Westminster Abbey reported that Anthem I ‘..was omitted and no Anthem at all Sung… by the Negligence of the Choir of Westminster’ and that Anthem II was ‘..in Confusion: All irregular in the Music!’ We are confident that we gave a better performance of all four Anthems at this uplifting and celebratory Summer concert!

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Back in September 2021 we put on our much delayed Robin Johnson Composition Competition Concert

Videos of the Competition pieces
Read more about our Robin Johnson Composition Competition
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Our previous live concert was back in December 2020, when we put on a socially-distanced, behind-closed-doors, performance of Bob Chilcott’s On Christmas Night’.

Programme notes and accompanying text

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On Saturday 2nd April 2022 we put on our Easter concert of sacred and uplifting choral works by 20th century British composers, including Elgar, Howells, Bainton and others, at St Paul’s Church, Grove Park, and a few days later we took the same repertoire to perform in Bruges, Ghent and Ypres as part of our much-delayed tour..

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Chiswick Choir is registered with Making Music (National Federation of Music Societies).