The Carmelite Priory in Kensington, London (W8 4BB), is one of only a handful of Catholic churches in the UK to maintain a tradition of professional music. Its 8-voice Choir sings each Sunday at the 11.00am Latin Mass, at Christmas and Easter, and for various feast day Masses throughout the year. The Choir also sings for Weddings and Funerals at the church and elsewhere by arrangement - please feel free to make an enquiry via the link below.
The Choir has among its members some of the finest young consort singers in London, and is notable for its particular commitment to the early English repertory, recently performing works by Alwood, Aston, Fayrfax, Ludford, Sheppard, Taverner, and Tye, among others. Tudor works were the focus of the Choir’s activities during Advent and Christmastide in 2015 and will form the basis of its 2018/19 Forrest-Heyther Partbooks project.
In recent years, the Choir has become increasingly known for its innovative project-based approach to music programming. Our first project, Cardoso450, marked the 450th anniversary of the birth of the Carmelite composer Frei Manuel Cardoso. The Choir performed his Masses and Motets throughout 2016 and 2017 alongside music by his contemporaries, composers from the ‘golden age’ of Portuguese polyphony. The project spanned over 200 vocal and organ works and included the world premiere recording of two of Cardoso’s Masses.