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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  • Are you under 25? Join GCU for free!September 3, 2016 - 8:21 am

    Join Goldsmiths Choral Union free for Under-25s for the first year and sing Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Nelson Mass in the Cadogan Hall. We rehearse in Baden-Powell House, South Kensington, first rehearsal Weds 7 Sept at 6.30pm. Music available to hire. Come along and ask for David.   Last updated 3rd September, 2016

  • Happiness is singing in the choirWelcome 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 […]

Upcoming Events

  1. Carols for Choir and Audience, Holy Trinity Sloane Square

    December 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  2. Handel’s Messiah, Royal Albert Hall

    December 15 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  3. Handel’s Messiah, Royal Albert Hall

    December 19 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  4. Beethoven’s Choral Symphony, Barbican Hall

    December 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  5. Handel Te Deums & Bach Magnificat, Cadogan Hall

    April 5, 2017 @ 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