Imperial College Chamber Choir

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About Imperial College Chamber Choir

The flagship choir of Imperial College London, applying academic rigor to exquisite choral music.
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Imperial College Chamber Choir is based at Imperial College, in South Kensington, London. The Chamber Choir is an auditioned ensemble of about 24 singers, conducted by Patrick Allies. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings, following which we are keen frequenters of the Union Bar. We are one of London’s finest university choirs that performs frequently in the capital, across the UK and internationally. Notable venues include Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Sherborne Abbey, Milan Duomo, Porto Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, Brecon Cathedral and St Edmundsbury Cathedral. We present two concerts per term, and sing fortnightly Wednesday evensongs at Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road. We regularly undertake various external projects such as weddings, recordings, DofE awards ceremonies, church services and gallery recitals at local museums. Taking our music outside of college is very important to us, and we go on a week-long Easter tour, a week-long summer tour, and several weekends away throughout the year. Our summer tours are a highlight of the year, both musically and socially. Recent tours have included: Brittany, France (2016), Lake Garda, Italy (2016), The Highlands, Scotland (2017), Porto, Portugal (2017), Brecon Beacons, Wales (2018), Ljubljana, Slovenia (2018), Italy (2022) and Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2023) singing high-calibre choral music in and around their most famous venues. Please note that we are only available during college term times. For the 2023/24 academic year: - 30 September 2023 – 15 December 2023 - 06 January 2024 – 22 March 2024 - 27 April 2024 - 28 June 2024

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Imperial College Chamber Choir's Song list

Howells Requiem
When David Heard - Tomkins
Hear my prayer - Purcell
Music when soft voices die - Bridge
The Bee - Bridge
Faire is the heaven - Harris
Love bade me welcome - Weir
Through the house give glimmering light - Beach
Steal away - Tippett
Lay a garland - Pearsall
I love my love - Holst
Swansea Town - Holst
Versa est in luctum - Lobo
Bogoroditse Devo - Rachmaninoff
Sing Joyfully - Byrd
Miserere Mei deus - Byrd
O how amiable - Weelkes
Ave Virgo sanctissima - Guerrero
Versa eat in luctum - Lobo
Ascendens Christus - Victoria
O vos omnes - Casals
Crux fidelis - MacDonald
A good night - Rodney Bennet
The Deer’s cry - Pärt
Miserere - MacMillan
Customer questions

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

All sorts of churches and concert halls around the UK and Europe!

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

A concert and mass at the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Do you have different line-up options?

Absolutely! Hire us as a full SATB choir, or any combination thereof. Would you like a male-only (lower voice) choir? No problem! Would you like a quartet or semichorus? We can do that too, just email [email protected]

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We'll try to be flexible - just email us ([email protected]) and we can figure something out.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

No, as we don't use any amplification or speakers.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually like to fit in a quick warm-up and rehearsal, but that can be done in under an hour.

Can you roam around while you perform?

No - choral music tends to work best when the singers are positioned together, in a horseshoe.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?


Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

We don't use any equipment.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Sometimes - email us ([email protected]) and ask.

Imperial College Chamber Choir's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£500
Up to 2 hours£750
Up to 3 hours£1000

Imperial College Chamber Choir's Reviews

From customers:

Master C
5 years ago

The choir had a wonderfully vibrant choral sound, and contributed in the worshiping life of the cathedral to the full, with imaginative, challenging and appropriate music choices for the season of Easter, and moreover, it was executed with excellence.

Alec R

The sound this choir makes is simply beautiful and incredibly moving.