Since its beginnings in 1960 as the Brompton Choral Society, London Concert Choir has become one of London’s leading amateur choirs, distinguished by its conviction and expressiveness in an unusually broad repertoire. A lively and ambitious choir of around 150 members, London Concert Choir puts on a wide variety of classical music concerts, from unaccompanied church music to large-scale choral works, as well as giving concert performances of operas and songs from the shows.
With Music Director Mark Forkgen the choir regularly appears at the major London concert venues and also tours to mainland Europe, most recently visiting Germany, Italy and Poland. In July 2014 the choir performed Haydn’s oratorio The Seasons with Southbank Sinfonia in the Basilica of St Francis, Assisi. The choir’s range was illustrated in a tour to Krakow, where concerts of unaccompanied Hymns to the Virgin alternated with performances of jazz standards with Mark Forkgen on piano.
The choir celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2010 with two performances of Britten’s War Requiem. Among other major works in recent seasons have been Mozart’s Requiem with the London Mozart Players, Rachmaninov’s choral symphony The Bells with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, all with Southbank Sinfonia. The Sea Symphony was the main work in a Battle of Jutland centenary concert in 2016 to support maritime charities.
Performances of Baroque music with the Counterpoint Ensemble include Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. Operas in concert performance have ranged from Gluck’s Orfeo to Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and the London premiere of The Chalk Legend by Stephen McNeff.
The choir often gives concerts for charity and continues to commission new works. Last season these were A Light not yet Ready to Go Out by Alison Willis, in aid of Breast Cancer Now, and Per Ardua ad Astra, a major work by Roderick Williams to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Air Force.