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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  • Original Caption: Ludwig Von Beethoven.  Painting by Ferdinand Waldmuller.  Undated.Beethoven – Missa SolemnisJanuary 10, 2019 - 6:47 pm

    Monday 15th April 2019 @ 7.30pm – Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. Feel the might of Beethoven’s choral masterpiece, performed by Goldsmiths Choral Union, acclaimed soloists and period orchestra Musicians of London. Reviewing a previous performance by GCU under their Music Director Brian Wright, The Guardian’s Edward Greenfield wrote, ‘This of all Beethoven’s works cost […]

  • Parry, Elgar & BrucknerOctober 29, 2018 - 7:44 pm

    Thursday 20th June 2019 @ 7.30pm – Holy Trinity, Sloane Square. GCU presents a delightful evening of music for choir and organ. Two popular anthems by Parry, his Blest Pair of Sirens, and Elgar, his Great is the Lord, surround three beautiful unaccompanied Motets by Bruckner – Christus factus est, Locus iste and Virga Jesse. […]

Upcoming Events

  1. Beethoven – Missa Solemnis

    April 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  2. Parry, Elgar & Bruckner

    June 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  3. Summer Sings 2019 (1) – Vaughan Williams, A Sea Symphony

    June 26 @ 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
  4. Summer Sings 2019 (2) – Bach, Mass in B minor

    July 3 @ 6:30 pm - 9:15 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