Ronald Corp with the New London Orchestra and the Highgate Choral Society at the Cadogan Hall.
New London Orchestra
The New London Orchestra has carved a niche in London’s music scene with distinctive concert programming, and a legacy of recordings of rarely-heard music. From the start of the 2011-12 concert season, the New London Orchestra will become the first-ever orchestra-in-residence at Stratford Circus in the London Borough of Newham.
The orchestra is committed to broadening access to music, either through its education programmes for children and young people, or by programming or recording music that may otherwise be neglected.
The New London Orchestra’s recent projects with The London Chorus have included performances of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ in the City of London and at Cadogan Hall, Gilbert & Sullivan selections, and Haydn’s ‘Theresienmesse’. The London Chorus’s most recent recording project with the New London Orchestra was the world premiere recording of Rutland Boughton's opera, ‘The Queen of Cornwall’, a recording that was Disc of the Month in the March 2011 edition of Opera magazine and Editor’s Choice in the influential Gramophone magazine in September 2011.
The NLO was founded by its Artistic Director Ronald Corp in 1988, and performs in London’s major concert halls including the Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Barbican, the Royal Albert Hall, in addition to our East London venues which include Stratford Circus, the Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Stratford Rex.
The New London Children’s Choir
The New London Children's Choir offers a unique opportunity for girls and boys aged between 7 and 19 to learn to sing and enjoy all kinds of music, whilst receiving a unique and lasting musical experience and education.
Launched by Ronald Corp in 1991, the Choir has appeared in all the major London concert halls with the UK's finest symphony orchestras and conductors, has collaborated with opera companies in the UK and abroad, and has made dozens of recordings and broadcasts, including its latest release The Ice Mountain on Naxos and its disc recorded in November 2009 on the same label of works by Michael Hurd.
Highgate Choral Society
“An impressive sight and formidable sound.”
The Independent 2003.
It is a fitting tribute to one of London's oldest, most respected and friendliest choirs. Founded in 1878, HCS has grown from modest beginnings into a vibrant and dynamic choir of over 200 singers. Under the direction of its renowned artistic director Ronald Corp and in partnership with the outstanding New London Orchestra and professional soloists, the choir now regularly commands sell-out performances and critical acclaim for the high standard of its concerts and its enterprise in championing new commissions and rarely-performed works.
The choir's repertoire embraces music of every age from Tallis, Monteverdi, Bach and Handel, through the great British choral composers Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Britten and Tippett, to new works. In recent years, the choir has also achieved distinction for tackling rarely-performed works to great success such as Zoltán Kodály’s Psalmus Hungaricus and Paul Patterson's Stabat Mater. Another notable achievement was its staging of Berlios’ monumental Grande Messe des Morts to a packed St Paul’s Cathedral in November 2003, the only London performance in his bicentenary year. This was an event which, amongst many highs, drew widespread acclaim and praise for the choir's ambition and confidence for putting on an expensive and rarely-performed work for the enjoyment of London's concert-goers which few other choirs could contemplate.
In addition to the ties we have with The New London Orchestra, The New London Children’s Choir and the Highgate Choral Society, The London Chorus regularly performs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (such as their 60th Anniversary Concert of Mahler’s 8th Symphony at the Royal Albert Hall). The London Chorus also accompanies the Royal Orchestral Society each year for their Christmas concert. This year is Vaughn William’s A Sea Symphony at St John’s, Smith Square on December 4th.
The Royal Orchestra Society
The Royal Orchestral Society for Amateur Musicians is the oldest of its kind in the country. It was founded in 1872 by Queen Victoria's second son the Duke of Edinburgh, himself an enthusiastic violinist and the Society's first President. At that time the only other large body of players in London was the orchestra of the Royal Philharmonic Society.
The new Society’s first concert was conducted by Sir Arthur Sullivan in the Royal Albert Hall in 1873, and in 1879 the then Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, graciously consented to become Patron of the Society, an honour which was also conferred by Queen Victoria in 1880, after a Command Performance at Windsor Castle. Since then it has given numerous concerts in the presence of Royalty, and has performed in many different venues, including St. James’ Palace, Arundel Castle, the Mansion House and the Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich.
Musicians connected with the Society include Fritz Kreisler, Sir Edward Elgar and Dame Clara Butt. Until his death in 1992 Arthur Davison had been Conductor and Musical Director for over 40 years. His successor, Anthony Hopkins, retired as Principal Conductor in 1997.
The society has been responsible for introducing many new works to England, including Brahms' Liebeslieder, Dvorak’s Symphony no.6 in D major, Coppelia suite by Delibes. In June 2002, the Society presented a World Premier performance of Awake, the Voice Commands by Berthold Goldschmidt
In recent years, soloists who have played with the society include Christopher Bunting, Alan Civil, Carlos Bonell, Piers Lane, Kathryn Stott, Timothy Hugh and Bradley Creswick.