Founded in 1981, the New London Chamber Choir is an acknowledged star of the European contemporary music scene and one of its foremost vocal ensembles. NLCC performs regularly at European contemporary music festivals, has given many world and British premières, and continues to commission, record, and promote new work. James Weeks was appointed Musical Director in December 2007.
NLCC has enjoyed close and fruitful with relationships with many leading composers including Jonathan Harvey, David Sawer, Luca Francesconi, Mauricio Kagel, György Kurtag, György Ligeti, Toru Takemitsu, its founder-conductor James Wood, and Iannis Xenakis. Among its many premières are works written especially for the Choir by Harvey, Sawer, Francesconi, Wood, and Xenakis. NLCC's recordings include acclaimed CDs of Xenakis, Wood, and Scelsi; their CD of Stravinsky's Les Noces was the top recommendation on BBC Radio 3's 'Building a Library'.
The past few years have seen the choir perform extensively and eclectically, from their own programme of music by Xenakis and James Wood at the BBC Proms via premières of Stockhausen's Litanei 97 and James Wood's Hildegard, touring the latter through the UK, Antwerp and Maastricht.
More recently, NLCC sang Scelsi at the Archipel Festival in Geneva, performed with Throbbing Gristle in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern and participated in a run of staged performances of Stravinsky's Les Noces at the Barbican, London, under Jurjen Hempel.
New London Chamber Choir