City of London Choir

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City of London Choir
Also known as Kingsway Choral Society
Origin London
Genres Classical
Labels Naxos

The City of London Choir is a non-professional choir based in London, England. With about 100 active members, it performs regularly in some of the city’s principal concert venues, including the Barbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall and St John's, Smith Square. In recent years the choir has made a number of recordings and performed music of the 16th to 21st centuries with the Hanover Band, the London Mozart Players, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and other ensembles.


The City of London Choir started life as the Kingsway Choral Society, founded by Donald Cashmore. In 1963, it was renamed the City of London Choir and its inaugural concert under that name took place at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Holborn. The choir’s early patrons included Benjamin Britten, Sir George Dyson, Ursula Vaughan Williams and Kenneth Leighton. Donald Cashmore, the founding conductor, was succeeded by Hilary Davan Wetton in 1989, who continues to lead the choir to this day.


  • Flowers of the Field (Vaughan Williams, Fizni, Gurney, Butterworth), Naxos, 2014
  • Cantata for Christmas (John Gardner), EM Records, 2012
  • Der Glorreiche Augenblick. Naxos, 2012
  • The Coming of Christ (Holst). EM Records, 2011
  • In Terra Pax: A Christmas Anthology. Naxos, 2009


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