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About the choir
London Concert Choir is one of London’s leading amateur choirs. A lively and friendly choir of around 150 members, LCC 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 Mark Forkgen, who this season celebrates 20 years as the choir’s Music Director, the choir regularly appears at all the major London concert venues as well as visiting European destinations, including France, Germany, the Netherlands and Ireland. In July 2014 the choir performed Haydn's oratorio The Seasons with Southbank Sinfonia in the Basilica of St Francis at Assisi. The choir’s broad range was illustrated in its recent summer tour to Krakow, where concerts of unaccompanied Hymns to the Virgin alternated with performances of jazz standards with Mark Forkgen on piano.
LCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010 with memorable performances of Britten’s War Requiem at the Barbican and in Salisbury Cathedral. Among other major works in recent seasons have been Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the English Chamber Orchestra; Mozart’s Requiem with the London Mozart Players; and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, all with Southbank Sinfonia. The symphony was the main work in a Battle of Jutland centenary concert in 2016, to support maritime charities.
LCC has sung settings of the Orthodox liturgy by Russian composers; music from the Queen’s Coronation in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee, and Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Monteverdi’s Vespers with the Counterpoint period instrumental ensemble. 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. LCC often gives concerts for charity and continues to commission new works.
History of the Choir
2010 marked the 50th Anniversary of London Concert Choir.
A history of the choir has been compiled and is available on Amazon. This book is a celebration of London Concert Choir and its predecessor, the Brompton Choral Society. Over its first fifty years the choir continued to grow in size and ambition and it now has around 150 members of a wide range of ages. Notable for its unusually broad repertoire, London Concert Choir regularly appears at all the major London concert venues. During the choir's 50th-anniversary year, past and present members and conductors offered their recollections to Sue Deville who has woven these personal memories and experiences into her record of the choir's history. A portrait emerges of a lively society evolving under the influence of the four musical directors who have been responsible for leading the choir since 1960: Robert Munns, Donald Cashmore, Gregory Rose and the present conductor Mark Forkgen.
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