London auditioned amateur chamber choir with varied repertoire
Welcome to the website of Ad Libitum Chamber Choir
Formed in 2005, Ad Libitum is an auditioned amateur choir of about 25 voices performing in central London. We perform a varied repertoire of both sacred and secular music from the sixteenth century to the present day. In 2012 we performed our first commissioned work by UK composer Russell Hepplewhite. The choir also undertakes overseas tours, having recently made festival appearances in France, Guernsey, Belgium and Italy.
Hope Springs Eternal at St Katharine Cree – Thursday 5th April – 7.30pm
This spring, Ad Libitum performs beautiful music from four different eras. The Missa Papae Marcelli, Palestrina’s best known mass, is a prime example of Renaissance polyphonic choral music. The Catholic Church’s mid-16th century decrees about church music might have led to polyphany being banned in churches altogether but in this elegant, multi-layered work Palestrina also managed to clearly convey the words and meaning, winning the Church’s approval.
The concert also features the masterful Salve Regina by Haydn and stirring shorter works by John Blow and the popular contemporary composer, Arvo Pärt.
We will be performing the concert in the beautiful ancient church of St Katharine Cree , near Aldgate and Tower Hill tube stations.
Tickets are available to buy on the door or in advance from Eventbrite.
A programme and interval refreshments are included in the cost of the tickets.
We are always interested in hearing from experienced choral singers. We currently have openings for two basses. If you’d like to find out more about joining us, get in touch.
Listen to Ad Libitum performing O Sing Unto the Lord by Russell Hepplewhite