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ABOUT

The Choir

Music Makers of London is a chamber choir based in South West London.  We are a mixed voice choir with particular emphasis on a cappella music. Our repertoire embraces seven centuries, from Byrd to Britten, Tallis to Tippett, Ramsay to Rutter. Founded in 1989, the choir has grown and evolved, and now has about 30 members, under our Musical Director, Hilary Campbell.

As a small chamber choir we perform four concerts a year and aim to have between 25 and 30 singers in each performance.

In recent years, the Music Makers have been invited to work with trainee conductors from the Royal Academy of Music. The choir has also

sponsored a young choral scholar and appeared in music festivals in London and across the country. We also encourage new music-making by contemporary composers, and have sponsored three composition competitions.

We are always keen to hear from able singers who are interested in joining our choir. If you are interested in singing with us, please visit www.musicmakersoflondon.org.uk for details.

We rehearse on Thursday evenings at St Michael & All Angels Church in Barnes from 7.45pm to 9.55pm.

Musical Director: Hilary Campbell

Hilary Campbell is a freelance choral specialist. As well as being Musical Director of Music Makers, she is also founder and director of professional chamber choir Blossom Street, and MD of Bristol Choral Society and Chiswick. She is also conductor of several office choirs, including P&O Ferries, the group which won the recent BBC2 series The Choir, and whom she met whilst filming for the series. Her guest work includes ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Chorus (whom she prepared for a Prom featuring Mozart’s Mass in C Minor) and BBC Radio 4’s Daily Service Singers. She also runs an annual project with Judith Weir at the Royal Academy of Music, in conjunction with Blossom Street and the RAM composition department.  In 2017, she looks forward to chorus mastering the combined forces of the Royal Academy of Music singing department in a performance of Mahler Symphony No. 2 at Royal Festival Hall conducted by Semyon Bychkov.

 

Hilary gained a Distinction for an MMus in Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music with Patrick Russill, where as part of her course she worked with professional choirs including the BBC Singers and Cardinall’s Musick; she was also awarded the three choral conducting prizes.  She gained a Distinction for an MA in Vocal Studies at the University of York, and undertook an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in singing at Trinity College of Music.  Following her studies, she returned to the Royal Academy as the Meaker Fellow 2012-13, the first choral conductor to have been thus honoured.  In addition to her regular conducting work, Hilary also acts as an adjudicator, choral workshop leader and guest conductor.  She is a founder member of the Voices of London Festival, and is also a published and prize-winning composer.  With Blossom Street, she has released two award-winning Naxos recordings.  

Accompanist: Liam Dunachie

Liam Dunachie is a pianist, composer and arranger based in London.

Originally from Shropshire, he began his musical training as a treble chorister in Hereford Cathedral Choir and later studied music at Trinity College, Cambridge where he was a choral scholar in its world renowned choir under Stephen Layton. At Cambridge he studied composition with Robin Holloway and Richard Marlow and co-directed the Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra with which he toured Budapest, Rome and performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

After graduating from Cambridge, Liam won a scholarship to study jazz piano and arranging at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he studied with Malcolm Edmonstone, Nikki Iles and Scott Stroman among others. He has performed with the London Jazz Orchestra at the Vortex Jazz Club and appeared with many different groups and artists at prestigious venues in London including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, The Savoy Hotel, The Arts Club and The Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room.

As an accompanist and session pianist he has worked for a wide variety of organisations, including BBC2’s “The Choir” with Gareth Malone, Opera Up Close, and has worked in several of London’s premier recording studios including Air, Angel and The Pool.

As a composer and arranger he has also produced arrangements in recent months for the City of London Sinfonia and had his work performed by Trinity College Choir on a recent tour across the USA and Canada. He has also worked as a Musical Director for National Youth Music Theatre.

Past Concerts

19 OCTOBER 2019

Sun, Moon and Stars

St John's Church, Tisbury, Salisbury SP3 6NH

5 July 2019 

St John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

Orff Carmina Burana  |  Chilcott Songs and Cries of London Town

In conjunction with the Chiswick Choir and New Forest Children's Choir

16 March 2019

Spring concert: Beyond the Stars.  Jointly performed with the  Kew Gardens workplace choir.

St John the Divine, Kew Road, Richmond

8 December 2018

Christmas concert:  Carols from around the world together with Archdeacon Cambridge's Church of England Primary School Junior Choir

St Michael & All Angels Church, Barnes

13 October 2018

Fauré Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine

St Mary's Church, Barnes

 

8 July

Summer concert: Eyes

St Mary with St Alban's church, Teddington

 

17 March 2018

Spring concert: If Music be the Food of Love.  Jointly performed with the  Kew Gardens workplace choir.

St Anne's Church, Kew Green

9 December 2017

Christmas Concert: When Icicles Hang

St Michael & All Angels Church, Barnes

 

16 July 2017

Eucharist at Old Royal Naval College Chapel

1 July 2017

Shearing Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare, Dove The Passing of the Year, Chilcott Songs and Cries of London Town

Voices of London Festival Concert

St Sepulchre's Church, Holborn 

​18 March 2017

Spring concert including music from Vaughan Williams, Whitacre, Elgar and Saint-Saens. Jointly performed with the newly formed Kew Gardens workplace choir.

St Anne's Church, Kew Green

10 December 2016

Composition Competition Final + Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols accompanied by royal harpist Ann Denholm.

St Michael & All Angels Church, Barnes

 

7 November 2016

‘Bewitched!’

Fulham Palace

Including works from Purcell’s Fairy Queen, and Shakespeare songs by Vaughan Williams and Jakko Mantyjarvi

9 July 2016

Vaughan Williams:  Sancta Civitas

Voices of London Festival

St James’s Church, Paddington

 

19 March 2016

Vaughan Williams:  Sancta Civitas

With Chiswick Choral Society

St Peter’s Church, Chiswick

 

11 March 2016

Barnes Festival

Shakespeare Songs by Vaughan-Williams and Mantyjarvi

St Mary’s Church, Barnes

 

5 December 2015

Christmas Concert

St Michael & All Angels Church, Barnes

 

9 October 2015

‘Feel the Spirit’

An American flavoured programme from Whitacre’s Water Night to the exciting spiritual arrangements of Richard Allain and John Rutter.

Normansfield Theatre, Teddington

 

27 June 2015

‘Festival Finale’ - Voices of London Festival

St James's Paddington

Cornish Requiem - Brown

Gloria - Rutter

with brass, organ and other choirs

15 March 2015

‘Portrait of Freedom’

St Mary's Church, Barnes

Part of the Barnes Festival 2015

Howells' Reqiuem and other works by Howells and Vaughan Williams at St. Mary's Church in Barnes, just round the corner from where Howells lived.