The NLCC celebrates its 25th anniversary with new commissions alongside choral favourites by Britten and others.
Over the past 25 years NLCC has built a tradition of commissioning new music for children’s voices. Previous composers include Joseph Phibbs, Tansy Davies, Diana Burrell, John Woolrich and Gary Carpenter.This tradition, as well as contributing to the body of music available for children’s voices, ensures that choir members have valuable experience working with composers in bringing new works to life. And so it’s fitting that the choir’s 25th birthday be marked by a new body of work.
Launched by Ronald Corp OBE in 1991, the NLCC offers a unique opportunity for children aged 7–18 to learn to sing and to enjoy all kinds of music. Members are offered extraordinary opportunities, appearing with some of the world’s finest symphony orchestras and conductors. They have toured with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, performed at numerous charity events and featured on the soundtrack of the 2015 Disney film, Cinderella.
Programme & Performers
Christopher Hussey Sing, London! (world premiere; NLCC commission)
Britten Rossini Suite
Sally Beamish Two Blake settings
Diana Burrell ‘You spotted snakes’ (NLCC commission, 1991)
Sir Karl Jenkins ‘Panis angelicus’ (world premiere; NLCC commission)
Katrina Toner ‘The Little Boy Lost’ (Winner of the inaugural NLCC Composition Competition for Schools)
Ronald Corp Songs from Riddle me this
Russell Hepplewhite ‘Secret City’ (world premiere; NLCC commission)
Ronald Corp ‘Cargoes’ (world premiere; NLCC commission)
Toby Young Shakespeare Songs
Paul Archbold ‘Be not afeard’ (world premiere; NLCC commission)
Ronald Corp Flower Songs
Tom Smail ‘Thro’ midnight streets’ (words from ‘London’ by William Blake) (world premiere; NLCC commission)
Britten ‘I mun be married on Sunday’ from Friday Afternoons
Members of the New London Children’s Choir
Ronald Corp director
Alexander Wells piano
Members of the New London Orchestra