What is ULCC?
Our group of 32 singers are students and recent graduates are mainly from colleges and institutions within the University of London institutions. However, we are unique among other university choirs in that we open our membership to all students and alumni of any London-based higher educational institution. Our members come from all around the world, pursuing subjects ranging from Persian to Volcanology, and together make up a choir that encompasses many different cultural, religious or non-religious backgrounds, and orientations and identities.
The University of London Chamber Choir (ULCC) is a high standard, dynamic and expressive choral ensemble, based at St Mary le Strand in Central London. We are a student-run group, with a committee Committee of full and part time students and we're fortunate to be directed by our conductor. Olivia Shotton. We rehearse during term time on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 to 8:30pm, and aim to perform 3-5 concerts throughout each academic year.
We choose our repertoire from an extensive variety of sacred and secular music, from the Early Renaissance to the Modern Day. We encourage you to listen to our most recent live recordings here, as well as on our Youtube channel.
In addition, we occasionally host sessions for Music and non-Music students to workshop their own compositions with us.
We are always delighted to hear from new students with a passion for singing. For more information regarding how to join ULCC, please see our Join ULCC page.
In addition to our programme of concerts and sung evensong, we are also available to sing at weddings, corporate events, and more. For enquiries about private bookings and collaborations, please get in touch.
ULCC has found a new home in the wonderful acoustic of St Mary le Strand in Central London and has performed so far in 2 wonderful concerts this year; Nova, Nova! and Dixit Dominus, both at St Marys. We've also taken part in monthly Evensongs with our friends at St Mary's Voices.
The Academic Year 2020-21 saw a great deal of disruption and uncertainty, but the choir can be proud of it's efforts and perseverance to continue singing during the heart of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Despite being contained to our individual homes, we remained very much together in spirit. A season of online rehearsals and activities culminated in our 'virtual concert' videos, attended by individuals from all around the world. We also embarked on socially-distanced carol singing at the Southbank Centre, raising money for charitably causes.
Our 2019-2020 season included three concerts at St George's, Bloomsbury, and Evensong at Holy Trinity, Sloane Square. We also made other ventures such as an appearance on BBC Radio 1's Gemma Collins Christmas Podcast and singing carols in Holborn Underground Station raising money for charity.
Planned but unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19 were two appearances at Ely Cathedral and St Cuthbert's Earl's Court, a collaborative concert with Greenwich and Imperial College London Choir, as well as our tour to Valencia.
Other venues from last year include Southwark Cathedral, Norwich, Ludham and Littlebury. We have also undertaken international tours to Milan and Malta in recent years.