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

  • Welcome to our new SecretaryJune 3, 2016 - 12:15 pm

    GCU has a new Secretary! We’re delighted Alison Campbell has agreed to step into Victoria’s shoes and help run our wonderful choir. Victoria’s given a huge amount of time to GCU over the years. She’s keeping on the mammoth task of seat planning for our concerts – no easy task with 500 singers for two performances of the Messiah in the […]

  • Three generations of one family sing with GCUApril 30, 2016 - 4:35 pm

    Every Wednesday afternoon I start my 90 minute journey to the weekly rehearsal at Baden Powell House looking forward not only to a wonderful sing but also to meeting up briefly both with my mother and my daughter. Our affinity for music can be traced back to my maternal grandfather who was a church organist […]

Upcoming Events

  1. Haydn Nelson Mass & Mozart Requiem

    November 4 @ 7:30 pm
  2. Carols for Choir and Audience

    December 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  3. Handel’s Messiah

    December 15 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  4. Handel’s Messiah

    December 19 @ 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