Goldsmiths Choral Union is one of London’s leading amateur choirs, giving quality performances of great choral works in London’s major venues, and rehearsing in central London. We welcome new members.

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We give five or six concerts a year.
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News

  • Open Rehearsal Wednesday 16th September!June 30, 2015 - 11:01 am

    Please tell all your friends we’re holding an open ‘taster’ rehearsal on 16th September. We’ll be singing Berlioz wonderful Grande Messe des Morts. Music will be provided. This is a great opportunity for people who love to sing…..come along, enjoy fabulous music … and of course try GCU out to see if you’d like to join us. We’ve got a great […]

  • Our last concert!June 23, 2015 - 1:22 pm

    What a hot evening! But all enjoyed it hugely, audience and performers and conductor alike.   Steve and Will were wonderful in the Brahms both technically and musically. Likewise Ed was an excellent organist. Katherine and Lukas sang beautifully. How wonderful to hear a native German speaker pronounce “Herr”!   The programme was a tour de force for any choir. GCU sang with understanding, great […]

Upcoming Events

  1. Open Rehearsal – All Welcome

    September 16 @ 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
  2. Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts

    November 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  3. Carols for Choir and Audience

    December 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  4. Handel’s Messiah

    December 13 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  5. Handel’s Messiah

    December 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 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