Past highlights

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.

We then repeated the programme at the Siobhan Davies Studios, London SE1.

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.

In April 2018 the choir renewed its association with composer Frank Denyer to record his 1990s work The Fish that became the Sun, along with the Octandre ensemble, conducted by Jonathan Hargreaves.

Other past performances


  • October: Brandenburg Choral Festival, London. Takemitsu Wind Horse, John Luther Adams Canticles of the Holy Wind (UK premiere), John Cage Living Room Music, and Barber Agnus Dei.
  • April: tour to Oslo to perform Berio’s Cries of London and two works by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgren, Four Madrigals from the Natural World and Three Stages.
  • February: NLCC workshop tackling a range of challenging repertoire and ending with a run-through of Stockhausen’s extraordinary declamation Litanei 97.


  • November: London Festival of American Music. Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel, directed by Odaline de la Martinez.
  • October: Brandenburg Choral Festival, London. Works by JS Bach and Bach re-imaginings by Sven-David Sandström.
  • June: Spitalfields Festival, London. World première of The Fatal Fire by Iain Bell, along with works by Berio, Bo Holten, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, and Sven-David Sandström.
  • May: Colourscape Festival / Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire. Works by Nystedt, Holten, Banchieri, Wylkynson, Monk, Kuivila, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen.


  • October: St James’s Church, Sussex Gardens, London, conducted by Matthew Hamilton. Works by Nystedt, Torbjørn Dyrud, Anders Hillborg, Per Nørgård and Kaija Saariaho. Jointly presented with  Ensemble 96 (musical director: Nina Therese Karlsen)
  • September: St Mary’s Church, Southampton and St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden. Turning Points by David Owen Norris (world première)
  • September: Colourscape Festival, Clapham Common, London, conducted by Matthew Hamilton. Works by Nystedt, Holten, Banchieri, Wylkynson, Monk, Kuivila, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen.
  • May: All Saint’s Church, Hove, conducted by Matthew Hamilton. Animals! programme from January.
  • January: Wilton’s Music Hall, London conducted by Matthew Hamilton
    Judith Bingham Unpredictable But Providential Giles Swayne The Tiger Roberto Sierra Cantos popolares Adriano Banchieri Madrigale a un dolce usignolo; Capricciata a 3 voci; Contraponto bestiale alla mente; Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen Four Madrigals from the Natural World (ukp) Meredith Monk Panda Chant II


  • September: Barbican Hall, London with the Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices conducted by Martyn Brabbins
    John Tavener Flood of Beauty (wp)
  • August: British Library, London
    The Music of War conference Parry Songs of Farewell, Ravel Trois Chansons, Deborah Pritchard On Receiving News of the War conducted by Stephen Grahl,
  • June: Royal Festival Hall, London with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Voices and the Rodolfus Choirm conducted by Esa Pekka Salonen
    Mahler Symphony No. 8
  • May: Royal Festival Hall, London with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Philharmonia Voices conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Prokofiev Ivan the Terrible
  • January: London Coliseum
    Men in Motion, choreographed by Ivan Putrov, conducted by Richard Bernas
    Mozart Lacrimosa from Requiem


  • December: Watford and Guildford
    Christmas Concerts with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth. Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
    Richard Rodney Bennett Four American Carols, Elgar The Snow, TchaikovskyNutcracker, Rimsky Korsakov The Snow Maiden Suite
  • November: Wilton’s Music Hall with the Kreutzer Quartet
    Beethoven Elegische Gesang
  • July: London Contemporary Music Festival
    Philip Glass Knee Plays from Einstein on the Beach
  • April: St Martins-in-the-fields, Brandenburg Spring Choral Festival Conducted by Stephen Grahl
    Tallis Lamentations of Jeremiah, Miserere nostri, O nata lux, Harvey Forms of Emptiness, Come, Holy Ghost, I Love the Lord
  • March: Macedonia Now! at Wilton’s Music Hall with the Kreutzer Quartet followed by recording
    Mihailo Trandafilovski Chetiri (wp), Pande Shahov Meier Settings (wp), Evdokija Danajloska Three Songs for the Wounded Human Being (part ukp, part wp), Miroslav Spasov Echos (ukp), Valentina Velkovska-Trajanovska Orpheus of Infinity(wp)


  • August: BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall
    Conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, Crouch End Festival Chorus
    Schoenberg Gurrelieder
  • August: BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall Conducted by Oliver Knussen with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC National Chorus of Wales
    Debussy Le Martyre de Saint Sebastian
  • April: St Martins-in-the-fields, Brandenburg Spring Choral Festival
    Nystedt Immortal Bach, Mahler arr. Gottwald Die zwei blauen Augen, Debussy arr. Gottwald Angelus, Saariaho Nuits, Adieux, Wagner arr. Gottwald Im Treibhaus, Barber Agnus Dei, Lachenmann Consolation II, Ravel arr. Gottwald Soupirs, Mahler arr. Gottwald Ich bin der Welt abhanden
  • March: Royal Festival Hall, London Conducted by Lorin Maazel with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Philharmonia Chorus Britten War Requiem


  • November: Xenakis in Huddersfield. An all-Xenakis programme at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival to mark the 10th Anniversary of the composer’s death. Including Medea Senecae, Serment, A Hélène, A Colone. With New Music Players, directed by Clement Power.
  • June: NLCC 30th Anniversary concert at the Spitalfields Festival, directed by James Weeks.
    William Billings Hymns and Anthems, Christopher Fox American Choruses, James Weeks The Freedom of the World (wp), with London Sinfonietta.
  • April: From Darkness into Light. A concert directed by Robert Hollingworth. Works by Byrd, Gibbons, Poulenc, Adrian Williams, Bo Holten, Robert Heppener.


  • November: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and November Music, s’Hertogenbosch, Holland
    Michael Finnissy Gedächtnis-Hymne (world première)
    Peter Adriaansz Three Studies (world première)
    Kagel l’Invention d’Adolphe Sax, with Rascher Saxophone Quartet.
    We are most grateful to PRS for Music Foundation for its support of NLCC’s commission from Michael Finnissy.
  • July: NLCC premiered Allele, a new work for 40 voices by Michael Zev Gordon, based on DNA samples provided by the singers. Performances in the Diamond Light Synchrotron, Oxford, Cheltenham Festival, and the Royal Society of Medicine. Science project, composition, and performances generously supported by Wellcome Trust. The project and science are reported here.
  • April-May: London and Birmingham, with ENO Orchestra, conducted by Jane Glover.
    Handel Il Penseroso, choreographed by Mark Morris.
  • April: Days of Macedonian Music Festival, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
    Danajloska Three Songs for the Wounded Human Being (wp), Miroslav Spasov Echos (wp), Andreevska By the lake, Avramovski Elegy
  • April: Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, with Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Borjan Canev
    Fauré Requiem (Macedonian premiere)


  • Barbican Hall, London
    George Crumb Star-Child, with BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Martyn Brabbins
  • Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
    Harvey The Summer Cloud’s Awakening and Saariaho Nuits, adieux for chorus and Sept papillons for solo cello
  • Church of St Andrew, Holborn, London EC4
    Nights, Farewells – works by Ligeti, Xenakis, Dusapin, Evan Johnson, and Saariaho. With Oliver Coates, cello.
  • Symphony Hall, Birmingham
    Stravinsky Threni, A sermon, a narrative and a prayer, The Flood, Babelwith CBSO, conducted by Sakari Oramo
  • Casa da Música, Porto
    Harvey Passion and Resurrection with Remix Ensemble, conducted by Baldur Brönnimann


  • Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
    Stockhausen Litanei, Chöre für Doris, Kagel Gegenstimmen, Burleskewith Jane Chapman, harpsichord, and Christian Forshaw, saxophone
  • St Marylebone Church, London NW1
    Destruction and Rebuilding – works by Dallapiccola, Lassus, Lachenmann, Sciarrino, Monteverdi, and Xenakis
  • Norfolk & Norwich Festival
    Stravinsky Les Noces with Michael Clark Company, Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Jurjen Hempel
  • St Marylebone Church, London NW1 – In Memoriam Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Stockhausen Litanei and works by Ruth Crawford Seeger, Holst, Messiaen, Jonathan Harvey, conducted by Jeremy Summerly
  • Philharmonia Hall, Liverpool
    With Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Harry Bicket: Kenneth Hesketh Like the Sea, Like Time (world première)


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    Barbican Centre, London
    With Michael Clark Company, Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Jurien
    HempelStravinsky Les Noces
  • 7 Locks Festival, Northamptonshire
    13th century anon. The Play of Daniel, directed by Jeremy Summerly and modern-day premières of 12th century English song, directed by Helen Deemer
  • ‘The Long Weekend’, Tate ModernAlongside improvisations by Throbbing Gristle and films by Derek Jarman
    Hildur Gudnadóttir: The Shadow of the Sun, directed by the composer
  • Archipel Festival, Geneva, Switzerland
    Programme of works by Giacinto Scelsi

  • Nottingham, UK
    Bach St John Passion, with ViVa, conducted by Nicholas Kok
  • Recording project: Feldman For Stefan Wolpe and Rothko
    for Mode Records (not yet released)


  • St John’s, Smith Square, London / BMIC Cutting Edge series
    Feldman For Stefan Wolpe, Harvey How could the soul not take flight?
  • Kerk van het Onbevlekt Hart van Maria, Maastricht, Netherlands
    James Wood Hildegard (completed version)


  • Huddersfield / Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
    Works for unaccompanied voices and voices and percussion by Giacinto Scelsi, including two UK premières
  • Flanders Festival, Antwerp, Belgium
  • With Champ d’Action, Percussion Group The Hague
  • Excerpts from James Wood Hildegard (Belgian première) also concert of plainchant and polyphony by Browne, Tallis, Sheppard, and Byrd
  • Royal Albert Hall, London
    With BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Martyn Brabbins
    Holst The Planets, Colin Matthews Pluto
  • Hildegard 2005 UK tour: James Wood Hildegard.
    Performances at Norwich Cathedral (world première), St John’s Smith Square, St Davids Cathedral, and Salisbury Cathedral.


  • Concert at Royaumont Abbey, France
    Francesconi Let Me Bleed (French première), Tallis Lamentations I & II
  • Concert at Liverpool Cathedral
    Stockhausen Litanei (UK première), 13th century anon. The Play of Daniel
  • Concert at the Aldeburgh Festival, Suffolk
    Janacek Hradcany Songs, Kaspar Rucky, Schubert Ständchen, works by Schumann, Holst, and Birtwistle
  • Concert in Mulhouse, France
    Harvey The Summer Cloud’s Awakening, Lauds, Messiaen O sacrum convivium


  • BBC Promenade Concert, Royal Albert Hall, UK with Amadinda
    Iannis Xenakis Idmen (UK première), Nuits
    James Wood Tongues of Fire (World première)
  • Aldeburgh Festival Concert, Orford, UK
    Mauricio Kagel Schwarzes Madrigal, Burleske (UK premières)
    David Sawer Stramm Gedichte and works by György Ligeti



  • Manca Festival, Nice, France
    Jonathan Harvey The Summer Cloud’s Awakening (French première)
    Alejandro Viñao Epitafios and works by György Ligeti
  • Dublin International Organ & Choral Festival, Dublin, Ireland
    David Sawer Stramm Gedichte (Irish première)
    Luca Francesconi Let me bleed (Irish première)
    Claude Vivier O! Kosmos (Irish première) and works by Jonathan Harvey, Brahms, and Schönberg
  • Bath International Music Festival, Bath, UK
    20th Anniversary concert (broadcast
    by BBC Radio 3)
    David Sawer Stramm Gedichte (commissioned by NLCC, world première)
    Luca Francesconi Let Me Bleed
    works by Jonathan Harvey and Claude Vivier
  • Oxford Contemporary Music, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, UK
    20th Anniversary concert 
    Jonathan Harvey The Summer Cloud’s Awakening (commissioned by NLCC for choir, live electronics, flute & cello, world première)
    works by Lassus, Tallis, Gabrieli and Schütz



  • Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield, UK
    20th Anniversary concert
    Luca Francesconi Let me bleed (world première of commission by NLCC and Isabel Nisbet)
    Tristan-Patrice Challulau Farben (NLCC Competition Winner world première)
    Alejandro Viñao Epitafios (UK première of NLCC 1999 commission)
  • Sadler’s Wells Theatre, UK with Rambert Dance Company
    and London Musici, conducted by Paul Hoskins
    Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms



  • Flanders Festival, Leuven, Belgium.
    Programme of music by Stravinsky, conducted by James Wood.
    Les Noces (including the version with pianola, cymbaloms, and percussion), Four Russian Peasant Songs, The dove descending, Introitus: T S Eliot in memoriam
  • BBC Promenade concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers conducted by Jac van Steen
    Jonathan Harvey Mothers Shall Not Cry (world première)