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  • Will Cole rehearsing GCU for our next concert!October 19, 2014 - 10:15 pm

    Here you see our new trainee conductor, William Cole, rehearsing Goldsmiths Choral Union this week. Less than three weeks to go until our next concert: Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Janáček’s Otĉenáš. Come and hear this exciting programme of chamber versions of popular 20th century choral works at St John’s Waterloo on Friday 7 November. Click here to […]

  • We found our Trainee Conductor!July 11, 2014 - 11:47 pm

    Following recent auditions, Goldsmiths Choral Union is delighted to announce that from September 2014 William Cole is to be their new Trainee Conductor. The two year appointment will see William shadowing the work of our music staff and having lessons with both Music Director Brian Wright and his Assistant and Accompanist Stephen Jones. He will also be heavily involved in […]

Upcoming Events

  1. Handel’s Messiah

    December 14 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  2. Carols for Choir and Audience

    December 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  3. Handel’s Messiah

    December 19 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Reviews
‘It is a long while since I heard a performance of the Requiem brought off with such cool, penetrating loyalty. Praise to all concerned’
David Murray
Financial Times
‘Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts at the Royal Albert Hall was magnificent and memorable. The choirs of Goldsmiths Choral Union and the London Philharmonic, 10 sets of timpani, four brass bands, high in the gods, and an enlarged Royal Philharmonic Orchestra prepared the eye for a musical spectacular. The glorious interweaving of musical textures - soft and calm, terrible and majestic - brought this little performed masterpiece to glorious life. Conductor Brian Wright, soloist Andrew Kennedy, choirs and players created an uplifting and cathartic experience’
Valerie Cumming
The Observer / RAH / Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts (Requiem)
‘This of all Beethoven’s works cost more to the composer than any other, and this unmistakably was a performance which in its brightness and freshness revealed the triumph of the achievement. In the first three sections of the Mass the clean-cut fortissimos of the chorus were consistently thrilling, with Wright often choosing challengingly fast tempi, but even there the extremes of contrast were what even more made the performance remarkable and gave it spiritual meaning’
Edward Greenfield
The Guardian / RFH / Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis
‘The performance under Brian Wright was a worthy one, gathering weight and intensity as it unfolded. The mighty opening chorus, with its suggestion of vast crowds calling to each other, provided a fittingly monumental architecture. Later, the chorus focused their music with even greater point, dramatising the different groups of people energetically and drawing us to the heart of Bach’s vision with their sturdy treatment of the chorale settings’
Anthony Payne
The Independent / Barbican Hall / Bach’s St Matthew Passion

Audio clips of GCU

Berlioz: Lacrymosa – Grande Messe des Morts

Skellern: Were you there?

Liszt: Tu es Petrus – Christus

Liszt: Pater Noster – Christus

Handel: Hallelujah, Messiah

Handel: For unto us a child is born Messiah