Celia Springate (2 Sep 1948 – 13 Feb 2022)
It won’t be the same without those “Am I supposed to be at an NLCC rehearsal?” texts. Celia was an essential part of the choir from its earliest days. She carried her considerable musical intelligence lightly, was fun to be with and a good friend to many of us. RIP Celia. You were a one-off and NLCC – particularly the altos – miss you.
For four decades, NLCC has been one of the outstanding groups at festivals across Europe. Specialising in contemporary works, we perform uncompromisingly avant garde music of all periods and have a unique record of commissioning and premièring new works for mixed chorus.
Since April 2020, NLCC has not been able to perform. However, we are still here. In late 2021 we ran a series of workshops to rediscover our singing identity. We will shortly announce a series of events for 2022 and beyond.
In October 2019, NLCC visited the CLF Art Café, Peckham, to present the première of Juvenilia, a new NLCC commission from Laurence Osborn. The work was coupled with other contemporary choral scores that explore communication, language, relationships, and power.
In May 2019, NLCC appeared at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank with Le Balcon and London Sinfonietta under Maxime Pascal in Stockhausen’s amazing Donnerstag Aus Licht.
December 2018 saw NLCC present a programme of experimental works within the Space Shifters exhibition at the Hayward Gallery on London’s South Bank. Gallery audiences were treated to works by Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, David Lang, John Cage, Robert Ashley, Peter Ablinger, and Philip Glass.
In November 2018, as guests of Festyvocal in Firminy, France, NLCC appeared at the iconic, late le Corbusier Église de S. Pierre to perform works by Xenakis, Dusapin, Messiaen, Macmillan, Harvey, and Britten, along with the world première of a new work by festival competition winner Julien le Hérisser.
We then repeated the programme at the Siobhan Davies Studios, London SE1.
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‘NLCC were great – very incisive and expressive’ – Jonathan Harvey
‘… a riveting collage of stark choral outbursts, like some long-forgotten tribal chant, set against percussion music that was all thudding beats in intricate patterns … and the New London Chamber Choir showed sensitivity as well as fierce energy.’ – Daily Telegraph