Saturday 1st July, 7.30pm
The French Touch: choral music by Vierne, Fauré & Franck

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Previous concerts

Saturday 6th May, 7.30pm
Rutter – Gloria

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Conductor: Michael Bowden
St Mark’s Church
Saint Mark’s Square
Prince Albert Road

Saturday 11th February, 7.30pm
Haydn – The Creation


Conductor: Michael Bowden
Camden Symphony Orchestra

Saturday November 12th


Saturday July 2nd

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Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle

St Mark’s Regent’s Park, 7.30pm
Cond. Michael Bowden

 Sat 9 April 2016

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Mendelssohn: Hymn of Praise
Dvořák: Te Deum
Brahms: Song of Destiny

Islington Choral Society
Camden Symphony Orchestra
cond. Michael Bowden

Sat 23 January 2016

Handel Four Coronation Anthems
Schubert Mass in G
Handel: Organ Concerto in F, Op 4 No 4

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Islington Choral Society
Camden Symphony Orchestra
cond. Michael Bowden
solo: Michael Waldron

7.30pm, St John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

Tickets £20, £18, £15, £10
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Saturday 5 December 2015

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In support of St Joseph’s Hospice Hackney
Islington Choral Society
cond. Michael Bowden

Saturday 5 December, 6pm (doors open at 5.30pm)
St James’s Clerkenwell
Tickets: £10 (£8 conc.)

Saturday 27 June 2015

Summer concertMozart: Solemn vespers
Mozart: Requiem

Islington Choral Society
Camden Symphony Orchestra
cond. Michael Bowden

Christ Church Spitalfields

Tickets (£20/£15 concessions) available here and from choir members.

Saturday 28 March 2015

March 28 PosterDuruflé: Requiem
Poulenc: Gloria

Islington Choral Society
Camden Symphony Orchestra
cond. Michael Bowden
St Mark’s Church, Regent’s Park, 7.30pm (doors 7.oopm)


Saturday 13 December

 Handel: Messiah

 Islington Choral Society
 Camden Symphony Orchestra
 cond. Michael Bowden
 Christ Church, Spitalfields

Saturday 22 November

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Islington Choral Society
Camden Symphony Orchestra
cond. Levon Parikian
Christ Church, Spitalfields

Saturday 5 July 2014
Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony

Concert poster 140602Vaughan Williams’ first symphony is an atmospheric evocation of the ocean, setting poems by Walt Whitman to dramatic and beautiful music.

Islington Choral Society
Camden Symphony Orchestra
cond. Michael Bowden
Christ Church, Spitalfields
7.30pm (doors 7.00pm)
Tickets £15 (£10 concessions)


Elgar: The Music Makers

Brian Inglis: Highbury Fields

(libretto by Charles Hart) – commissioned by Islington Choral Society, first performance

Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens

Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

 Sunday 30 June 2013 at Cadogan Hall.

Our 40th anniversary concert at Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square on Sunday 30 June 2013 –  featuring our specially commissioned work by Brian Inglis.

The main work in this programme is Elgar’s The Music Makers, his highly personal response to the poem by Arthur O’Shaughnessy. Elgar saw music as having a very special place in society, inspiring the individual and embodying the spirit of the age. Weaving many themes from his greatest works with original material Elgar gives us one of his most magnificent scores.

To celebrate this special occasion the society has commissioned London composer Brian Inglis to compose a work evoking the area in which it rehearses, Highbury Fields, to a specially-written text by lyricist Charles Hart (whose writing credits include texts for ‘Story of Music’ presenter Howard Goodall and, notably, lyrics for Lloyd-Webber’s Phantom of the Opera). With echoes of both Carmina Burana and The Waste Land, the new piece paints a picture of a dazzling summer Sunday, vividly depicting a variety of park characters from pumped-up joggers to worn-out mothers; from call-girls and nurses to playful dogs and boys. With moods ranging from natural tranquility to romantic passion, Highbury Fields is a new choral showpiece for the 21st century.

Also included is Parry’s Blest Pair of Sirens, a setting of Milton’s At a Solemn Musick in which the importance of voice and verse are illustrated in the work that first brought the composer to public attention in 1887. The choir’s regular partners, Camden Chamber Orchestra, will open the concert with the prelude to Wagner’s The Mastersingers, another piece dealing with the importance of music in the communal life of a town.


St John Passion 23 March 2013J S Bach: St John Passion

Saturday 23 March 2013, at St Mark’s, Regent Park, 7.30 pm

with Camden Chamber Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach(1685-1750)
St. John Passion, BWV 245
It appears that Bach composed five Passion settings, but only two have survived complete. The first performance of the St John Passion took place in Leipzig on 7 April 1724 in the Nikolaikirche and the work was repeated with alterations at the Thomaskirche the following year.
The anonymous text of the St. John Passion is a compilation based in part on the famous Passion poem of B.H. Brockes. The biblical passages from St. John’s Gospel are set as recitative for the Evangelist, for Jesus and for various minor characters, or as choruses with urgent orchestral accompaniments which represent the mob calling for Jesus’s crucifixion (these crowd choruses were known as “turbae”). The arias, which would have been sung by members of the chorus, set free contemplative texts and provide a personal response to the action. The free chorales, using traditional Lutheran words and melodies, offer a communal response and frequently employ bold, striking harmonies. The whole work, like Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, is framed by two massive choruses.
(Notes courtesy of Making Music programme note service)

  • Islington Choral Society
  • Camden Chamber Orchestra
  • Michael Bowden (conductor)
  • Sara Wallander-Ross Soprano

    Sara Wallander-Ross – Soprano

    Sara Wallander-Ross (soprano)

  • Katy Bingham-Best (alto, mezzo soprano)
  • Peter Mitchell (tenor)

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    Peter Mitchell – tenor

  • Philip Daggett (tenor) – Evangelist

    Katy Bingham-Best (Mezzo-contralto)

    Katy Bingham-Best – Mezzo-contralto)

  • Michael Chambers (baritone)
  • Thomas Flint (bass)

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Saturday 15 December 2012

Verdi – Requiem

St Alban the Martyr Church,  Brooke St, Holborn EC1N 7RD at 6.30 pm – doors open 6.00, refreshments available before concert and during interval.

Verdi’s massive and magnificent Requiem is the largest work yet attempted by Islington Choral Society and fittingly comes in the choir’s 40th anniversary year.

The Requiem is frequently operatic in its scope and character, with energetic rhythms and sublime melodies expresssing the powerful emotions engendered by the words of the classic Latin requiem mass – including the almost universally recognisable and spine-chilling Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) chorus.

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 30 June 2012

Handel: Israel in Egypt

Islington Choral Society
with Camden Chamber Orchestra

Conductor: Michael Bowden

At St Mark’s Church (Regents Park), St Mark’s Square, Prince Albert Road, London NW1 7TN

At 7.30 pm (doors open 7.00). Refreshments served before the concert and in the interval.

Tickets £12 (concessions £8) from choir members, on the door, or online from

Blood, frogs, flies, hailstones and fire, locusts and ‘a thick darkness that might be felt’ are the evocative subjects of the powerful choruses which have made Israel in Egypt a pillar of the English choral society tradition. Unlike all Handel’s other oratorios, Israel in Egypt is almost entirely in the hands of the chorus, with only 4 arias in total. Paradoxically it is perhaps this feature, together with the enormous power of the writing, which has made the work so beloved of English audiences – paradoxical because when first written it was highly unpopular for its lack of aria and recitative. Come and decide for yourself.

 Saturday 31 March 2012

Gabriel Fauré: Requiem

Joseph Haydn: Mass in C (‘Paukenmesse’

– Mass in a time of War)

St Alban the Martyr Church, Brooke St, Holborn EC1N 7RD at 7.30 pm – doors open 7.00


Saturday 10  December 2011 

Vivaldi Gloria

Charpentier Messe de Minuit

Carols for choir and audience

at  St Augustine, Highbury – 108 Highbury New Park – London N5 2DR


Saturday 2 July 2011

Karl Orff – Carmina Burana

at St Mark’s Regent Park (the Zoo Church)


Dvorak – Stabat Mater

Saturday 2 April 2011

at St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn


Bach – Christmas Oratorio

Saturday 11 December 2010 at 6:30 pm

at St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn

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