West London Chorus – Coming Events

  • Future concert dates

    Saturday 6th July 2024 – Summer concert at St Paul’s Grove Park W4
    ‘A Fancy of Folksongs’ – on the subject of ‘love and courtship’ including works by our Patron, Cecilia McDowall.
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    Saturday 7th December 2024 – Autumn concert at St Michael & All Angels, Bedford Park W4
    Handel – Messiah

    Saturday 5th April 2025 – Spring concert with Hampton Choral Society – venue tba
    Puccini Messe di Gloria
    Bax Tintagel
    Rutter Gloria

  • Recent Concerts:

    Saturday 11th May 2024 – St Paul’s Church, Grove Park, London W4

    ‘Come and Sing – Selected Messiah Choruses’ – with our Musical Director Hilary Campbell.

    Weekend of 13/14th April 2024 – York Minster

    We were honoured to be invited back to York Minster to be the guest choir for these weekend services.

    Here is the live stream of our Choral Eucharist service on Sunday 14th April in York.
    Here is the live stream of our Choral Evensong service on Sunday 14th April in York.

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    Saturday 23rd March 2024 – Spring concert at St Paul’s Grove Park W4
    Schubert – Mass No5 in A flat major D678 – and a selection of Lieder

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    Monday 11th December 2023 – A Bonus Concert at St Nicholas, W4 2PH
    ‘Christmas by Candlelight’

    This was the first concert by our WLC Chorale – a small chamber choir of members from the West London Chorus. It was an evening of beautiful, inspiring and eclectic Christmas music, some better known than others, including solos from our own choral scholars – with mulled wine and mince pies!

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    Saturday 2nd December 2023 – Autumn Concert – 7.30 at St Michaels & All Angels Bedford Park
    ‘Magnificent and Glorious’

    Bach – Magnificat
    Vivaldi – Gloria
    Two classic choral works played to a full house!

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    2nd/3rd September 2023 – Guest choir at Llandaff Cathedral

    We were the guest choir at Llandaff Cathedral for Choral Evensong on the Saturday and Sunday and for Choral Eucharist on the Sunday.

    Works we performed as part of these services included Mozart’s Missa Brevis and Ave Verum Corpus, Magnifcat and Nunc Dimittis by Vaughan Williams and Stamford, Rutter’s A Crown of Glory, Elgar’s O Hearken Thou and Howell’s Like as the Hart.

    Here’s a link to the ‘live stream’ of our Sunday Choral Evensong on the Llandaff Cathedral website.
    The actual service starts at about four minutes in.

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    Saturday 1st July 2023 – Summer Concert at St Pauls Grove Park W4
    A Coronation Celebration

    The new Royal Couple

    With guest singers from the West London Chamber Choir and brass ensemble Bella Tromba, this concert included these rousing and timely choral works:
    Walton’s Coronation Te Deum, Rutter’s A Crown of Glory, Bruckner’s Ecce Sacerdos Magnus, Elgar’s O Hearken Thou, and I Was Glad by Parry.
    …with these equally rousing works for brass and organ:
    Britten’s Fanfare for St Edmundsbury, Holst’s Deddington Suite and Crown Imperial and Orb and Sceptre by William Walton.

    After the concert, members of the brass ensemble said:
    ‘…what a pleasure it was to work with a choir who really went for it and a conductor with such high standards. We were all buzzing after!’

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    Saturday 1st April 2023 – Spring Concert at St Michael & All Angels, W4 1TT
    Psalms, Songs and Seasons

    This concert included Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein, Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre and A Time for all Seasons written by Cecilia McDowall, who is also the Choir’s Patron.

    Bernstein, Whitacre and McDowall

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    3rd December 2022 – Winter Concert at St Michael’s and All Angels, Bedford Park W4
    Mozart Requiem

    For our big December concert we performed one of the most famous choral works in the classical repertoire, backed by a full orchestra and in front of an appreciative full-house! Written in 1791 during the last days of Mozart’s life, the origins of this beautiful work are shrouded in mystery, though none of that detracts from its musical power and emotional impact.

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    July 2022 – ‘Platinum Jubilee Celebratory Summer Concert’ – St Peters Church, Acton
    Handel’s Coronation Anthems and other works.

    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 the first performance of these works in Westminster Abbey describes a somewhat chaotic event, unlike our performance at this celebratory event!

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    April 2022 – Easter Concert in St Paul’s Church, Grove Park
    A New Heaven

    This was a programme of sacred and uplifting choral works by 20th century British composers, including Elgar, Howells, Bainton and others. A few days later we took this works on our much delayed performing tour of Bruges, Ghent and Ypres.

    Singing in Bruges and at the Menin Gate in Ypres

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    December 2021 at St Michael and all Angels, Chiswick
    Our Christmas concert – On Christmas Night – featured Bob Chilcott’s Wenceslas and other seasonal pieces.

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    September 2021 – St Paul’s Church Grove Park – Choral Composition Competition

    Our 2021 Choral Composition Competition was funded by a legacy from Robin Johnson, a long standing member of the choir. From the many entries, the choir prepared and performed a shortlist of five pieces at this much postponed concert. We were delighted that Cecilia McDowall and Stephen Jackson agreed to adjudicate the competition on the night, and the concert took place with a small invited audience in accordance with Coronavirus restrictions.

    Listen to the music
    More information about this competition

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    December 2020 – Bob Chilcott – ‘On Christmas Night’ – St Michael & All Angels W4
    This Chilcott work was performed with no audience and a reduced number of singers, who came together under the prevailing Coronavirus restrictions.

    Programme notes and accompanying text