For over three 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.
Friday, 9 November 2018, at 7.30pm
Following our tour to the Site Le Corbusier, near Lyon, we present a programme of choral music chosen to take advantage of the extraordinary acoustic in Le Corbusier’s Église St-Pierre there and the equally unusual surroundings of the Roof Studio at Siobhan Davies Dance in London.
The repertoire includes the angular modernism of Xenakis (who trained as an architect and worked with Le Corbusier on the Philips Pavilion at the 1958 World’s Fair), the slow-moving meditations of his mentor Messien and disciple Dusapin, the soaring religiosity of Harvey and MacMillan, and the poignant earthiness of Britten during his last illness.
Jonathan Harvey: I Love the Lord
Iannis Xenakis: Serment
Pascal Dusapin: Umbrae mortis
Olivier Messiaen: O sacrum convivium
James MacMillan: Alleluia
Iannis Xenakis: Nuits
Benjamin Britten: Sacred and Profane
Tickets £15 on the door or from Eventbrite.
FestyVocal / Firminy
Saturday, 3 November 2018, Église de S. Pierre, Firminy, France, at 8pm
NLCC travels to France to perform at Festyvocal for the first time. le Corbusier’s iconic late design provides the backdrop and acoustic for works by Xenakis, Dusapin, Messiaen, Macmillan, Harvey, and Britten, along with the world première of a work by festival competition winner Julien le Hérisser.
Friday, 9 November 2018, Siobhan Davies Studios, 85 St George’s Rd, London SE1 6ER, at 7.30pm
We repeat our programme from Firminy for a London audience in this flexible performance space South of the river. Tickets from Eventbrite.
October 2017 saw NLCC return to the Brandenburg Festival to explore the connections between Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu and some of his American influences. The programme included Takemitsu Wind Horse, John Luther Adams Canticles of the Holy Wind (UK premiere), John Cage Living Room Music, and Barber Agnus Dei.
If you’d been in Oslo on 29 April, you’d have been able to catch NLCC sharing a stage with local Ensemble 96. Our team performed Berio’s Cries of London and two works by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgren, Four Madrigals from the Natural World and Three Stages.
On 25 February 2017, NLCC held a successful workshop for existing members and new ambitious singers. We tackled a range of challenging repertoire and ended with a run-through of Stockhausen’s extraordinary declamation Litanei 97.
On Sunday 6 November 2016, at the London Festival of American Music in conjunction with the Royal Academy of Art Abstract Expressionism Exhibition, Odaline de la Martinez directs NLCC in Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel.
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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