The choir has been fortunate to
have excellent accompanists, all of whom have taken rehearsals from
time to time. Christopher Cromar was the first, then Alex Chaplin
and currently Paul Ayres. Read more about Paul on the page Accompanist.
The choir has performed many concerts, both in southwest London,
where it is based and also further afield. Highlights include two
Midland Sinfonia Concert Series appearances in Alvechurch, a summer
concert in St John Smith Square, singing the services at Llandaff
Cathedral, a nationally reviewed Messiah in Christ Church Spitalfields
and regular Advent concerts in St. Luke's Chelsea. The choir has
made tours to Berlin, Caen,
Paris, Brussels, Luzerne and
Bruges. Equally important have been the concerts supporting various
charities, for example Eyes Right.
Notable recent performances have been Handel's Dixit Dominus with
a small chamber orchestra at the 10th anniversary concert and Brahm's
Requiem, performed in the original scoring for piano duet accompniment.
As well as singing a traditional chamber choir repertoire Concordia
Voices has a keen interest in performing contemporary works and
has sung works by Jonathan Dove, James MacMillan, Jonathan Rathbone,
Paul Ayres, Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre, John Tavener and Patrick
Larley. In 2005 the choir gave the London premiere of Naji Hakim's
Messe Solennelle and in 2009, the first performance of a specially
commissioned piece by Paul Spicer.
Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms in March 2016 was William's last
concert with the choir. William gave the choir nearly five years
of inspirational and enjoyable music-making which was exceedingly
rewarding and beneficial for the choir.
During the autumn 2016, Jack Apperley was appointed musical director
for the choir and took up his position in the new year. Find out
about Jack on the page Musical Director.