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.
As of 2019, the Choir’s funding has been dramatically reduced - details here. However, the Choir still maintains a regular presence at the church, singing at the 11.00am Sunday Mass, and at Christmas and Easter. The Choir has among its members some of the finest young consort singers in London; however, although we continue to be an 8-voice ensemble, there are now usually only 4 singers at any given service. The [full] 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.
In recent years, the Choir has become known for its innovative project-based approach to music programming. The first project in 2016-17, Cardoso450, marked the 450th anniversary of the birth of the Carmelite composer Frei Manuel Cardoso and saw the Choir perform his Masses and Motets alongside music by his contemporaries, composers from the ‘golden age’ of Portuguese polyphony. Sadly, the Choir’s exciting Forrest-Heyther Partbooks project is not continuing in 2019 owing to the Choir’s reduced resources.