Choir of the 21st Century Choir of the 21st Century  

Patron: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Conductor: Howard Williams

About us

The Choir of the 21st Century is made up of some of London’s most experienced amateur singers, performing a repertoire which is deliberately broad, both sacred and secular, to reflect the depth and richness of the choral music which is our heritage. 

The choir’s recordings on the SOMM label include both the Elgar and Kodály versions of The Music Makers, Philip Glass’s Another Look at Harmony–Part IV and Mátyás Seiber a cappella.


Recent work has included the Rachmaninov Vespers, Strauss Deutsche Motette, Britten Sacred and Profane, Castelnuovo-Tedesco Romancero Gitano and Frank Martin Songs of Ariel and Mass for Double Choir.

In addition to its normal a cappella projects, CC21’s collaborations with the English Chamber Orchestra under Howard Williams – most recently Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in St. Paul’s Cathedral (as pictured below) – have resulted in performances of which MusicalCriticism.Com wrote that it 'would have been difficult to better'.

'Right from the start, we know we are in for a treat' Elgar Society Journal


The Choir of the 21st Century was a rhythmically rigorous, brightly voiced amateur chorus -- in perfect scale and character for the occasion’. Hilary Finch, Times Online

CC21 is proud to be holding a very special celebratory concert to mark the 80th birthday of its founding Patron, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

This programme will be crowned with a performance of Bach's Birthday Cantata (208) in a specially-commissioned English version for the occasion, in which Max will be honoured with duly elaborate text describing his adopted homeland of Orkney!

Our next concert

TICKETS £15 (£12 concessions) 

Online bookings at  or telephone 020 7730 4500

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Saturday 27 September 2014

at 7.30pm


St. Peter's Eaton Square

London SW1W 9AL


 With Catriona Price (violin)

 MAXWELL DAVIES                        

 4 carols: O magnum mysterium

 Fiddler on the Shore

 Corpus Christi with Cat and  Mouse


 King Henry VIII’s Apologia

 JS BACH                      

 Birthday Cantata 

 (with new English text for the occasion)


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