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.


Sweet Music, Sacred Music at St Katharine Cree – Thursday 27 June 2019, 7.30pm

Come and hear Ad Libitum’s tempting selection of English and French sacred choral treats.

Byrd, a 16th-century Catholic working in the reformed English church, dared to publish music for Catholic liturgies at great personal risk. His masterly Mass for Five Voices was probably composed and sung in secret.

Three centuries later, Parry’s I was glad was performed at King Edward VII’s coronation at Westminster Abbey. The words have been sung at every British coronation since that of King Charles I. Parry’s anthem was later sung at another coronation and then at two royal weddings.

Balfour Gardiner’s rich, dramatic Evening Hymn is a classic of the English choral repertoire and regularly performed in Anglican churches.

Duruflé, steeped in the Gregorian plainsong tradition, completed his famous Requiem in 1947. Inspired and shaped by plainsong melody from the traditional Catholic liturgy of the Missa pro defunctis, the beautiful Requiem demonstrates influences of Tournemire and Vierne, Fauré, and the Impressionist school of Debussy and Ravel.

Duruflé: Requiem
Balfour-Gardiner: Evening Hymn
Byrd: Mass for 5 Voices
Parry: I was glad
Ad Libitum Chamber Choir
Julian Collings, conductor
Colin Spinks, organ

We will be performing the concert in the beautiful ancient church of St Katharine Cree , near Aldgate and Tower Hill tube stations.

Tickets £15, £12 for students (includes refreshments) available from choir members, on the door, or from Eventbrite.


Join Us

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