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Next concert July 2nd 2022, 7.30 pm

St James Church, Muswell Hill N10 3DB

Luigi Cherubini Requiem no. 1 in C minor

J. S. Bach Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (Cantata BWV 51, 1730)

Felix Mendelssohn Psalm 42: Wie der Hirsch schreit nach frischem Wasser, op. 42

Lucy Knight soprano

Fraser Tannock trumpet

Murray Hipkin conductor

Our next concert features two less familiar works. Luigi Cherubini’s Requiem in C minor is a wonderful showcase for any choir; the choir sings throughout, including all the sections traditionally performed by soloists. It was greatly admired by Beethoven, who considered Cherubini to be the greatest of his contemporaries and at whose memorial service it was played in 1827. Known primarily as a composer of opera, Cherubini turned to writing church music in middle age, and despite the lack of soloists the operatic influence is clear throughout the work’s seven movements.

Alongside this, we sing a piece that Mendelssohn considered to be “the best thing I have composed in this manner” and anyone familiar with his choral music will recognise his distinctive style. NLC will be joined by soprano Lucy Knight for four of the seven movements of this wonderful setting of Martin Luther’s translation of Psalm 42, culminating in a fugal finale that is every bit as exhilarating as the end of Elijah. 

The programme is completed by Bach’s cantata for solo soprano and trumpet, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen. Mendelssohn was a famous interpreter and editor of Bach’s music, and this beautiful cantata highlights that link and also showcases our guest soloists.

Capacity may be restricted because of renovation work at the church, so early booking is advised. 

North London Chorus during Covid-19

We’re a friendly local choir, rehearsing on Thursday evenings and singing a varied and exciting repertoire of sacred and secular music from the last six hundred years or so. We give concerts three times a year, often with professional orchestras and soloists, and our main performance base is St James’s Church in Muswell Hill.

Like many other local choirs, we have spent the last two years finding ways of continuing to make music under pandemic restrictions: zoom rehearsals, livestream performances, open air rehearsals in the playground … We are delighted to say that we’re now back to rehearsing in our usual venue (Martins Primary School, East Finchley), with precautions in place in accordance with official guidelines, and over the last six months we have also returned to live performance. We welcome new members – see below for more information.

Last concert:

Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem

Saturday April 9th 2022

St James Church, Muswell Hill

After a successful programme of Britten, Parry and Mendelssohn in November 2021, the choir returned to Brahms’ much-loved German Requiem, sung in its original language. Last performed by the choir in 2014 with orchestra, this mainstay of European choral repertoire exists in a number of versions. In this performance we were accompanied by two pianos in the composer’s own highly effective arrangement, which dates from a performance given in London in 1871.

We were joined by two wonderful soloists, Verity Wingate (soprano) and James Cleverton (baritone) . This was Verity’s first appearance with NLC, and we hope she will be back! James is a long-standing and much appreciated friend of NLC, and appears regularly in recitals and NLC concerts at St James. The two-piano accompaniment was provided by Catherine Borner, our regular rehearsal accompanist, and conductor and pianist Chris Hopkins, whom we were delighted to welcome as guest accompanist for this concert. 

Join Us – applications welcome even during Covid!

Are you looking for a choir? North London Chorus is currently recruiting in all voice parts, especially tenors and basses.

Whether you are an experienced singer or discovering your voice, come and be part of this friendly, ambitious and well-established group of singers. Develop your skills under the expert guidance of our Musical Director, Murray Hipkin, and our team of professional vocal coaches, who give us technical guidance and support. Get involved in our regular social activities and theatre trips, and enjoy our annual residential weekends.

Rehearsals take place every Thursday evening in East Finchley. The choir performs three concerts a year, mostly in Muswell Hill, with occasional trips abroad (most recently to Zurich and Berlin) as well as concerts elsewhere in London and the UK. Watch this space …

We are currently meeting face to face with precautions in place. If you have any questions about our activities during the pandemic, please contact us using the link below.

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