GOLDSMITHS CHORAL UNION
We’re a friendly amateur choir with around 120 members based in South Kensington, close to central London and west London, but easy to get to from anywhere in London. We enjoy singing and appreciate the chance to sing in great venues. We work hard to continue to promote concerts in London’s major venues with professional soloists and orchestras.
GCU’s performances of works from the traditional choral repertoire, ranging from Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and the Bach B Minor Mass to Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, have been praised for their freshness, clarity and emotional commitment. Equally, GCU has performed less familiar works, such as Franz Liszt’s oratorio Christus and Sir Michael Tippett’s The Mask of Time. British premières given over the years include Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied, and the first UK broadcast of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
GCU was founded in 1932 in South London by Frederick Haggis at Goldsmiths, University of London. At the outbreak of World War II the college was evacuated, but while other choirs disbanded, GCU continued to rehearse and perform in central London. Since then, GCU has built up an enviable reputation, first under the baton of Mr Haggis and later under that of its present Music Director Brian Wright. Uniquely in 80 years, GCU has had only two Music Directors.
Patrons: Sir Thomas Allen, Neil Jenkins,
The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
Music Director: Brian Wright
Accompanist: Stephen Jones
In the past few years GCU has toured in France, Spain and the Czech Republic, and has part-sponsored a high profile annual concert under Brian Wright in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s International series at the Royal Albert Hall, including acclaimed performances of the Berlioz and Verdi Requiems.