6-8 June 2014

“Music in Honour of Our Lady”

A Concert for the Centenary of the Church of the Annunciation

Marble Arch, London

Saturday 7th June 2014 at 7pm

The programme includes a performance of Thomas Tallis’ famous 40-part motet, Spem in alium, together with plainchant and works by Lassus, Palestrina, Rachmaninov, Finzi and Gorecki.

ExColl is also singing at the celebration of the Mass of Pentecost at the Annunciation on Sunday 8th June 2014 at 10.30am.


27-28 October 2012

We sang the services in Brecon Cathedral over the weekend of the Brecon Baroque Festival, 27-28 October 2012.


29 October 2011

We put on a concert in St Mary's Church, Warwick on 29 October 2011 in a programme which included Victoria's Missa O Quam Gloriosum and Duruflé's Requiem.


12-15 August 2010

We visited Bristol cathedral between 12-15 August 2010.


23-26 July 2009

We visited Durham cathedral between 23-26 July 2009 and also performed an informal concert at Hexham Abbey.

A Short Informal Concert of Sacred Choral Music
Hexham Abbey, Friday 24 July 2009 at 12.30pm

Director: Christopher Johns
Organist: Theodore Saunders

Free Admission


Ave Maria
Robert Parsons (c.1530-1570)
Praise our Lord all ye Gentiles
William Byrd (c.1540-1623)
from Missa Papae Marcelli
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
-- Organ solo --
Frohlocket, ihr Völker auf Erden
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
from Ein Deutsches Requiem Op. 45 
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
There is an old belief
Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Bogoroditse Dyevo
Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

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Dr Christopher Johns is a former choral scholar of Jesus College and currently Choral Director of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds.
Mr Theodore Saunders is Organist and Master of the Choristers at St. Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh.

We sang at the following services in Durham Cathedral:

Thursday 23 July 2009 Evensong 5.15pm Smith Responses
Psalms 114 & 115
Walmisley in d minor
Bogoroditse Dyevo - Rachmaninov
Saturday 25 July 2009
Evensong 5.15pm
St James the Apostle
Smith Responses
Office Hymn: N EH175
Psalm 94
Byrd Third Service
Praise our Lord all ye Gentiles - Byrd
Hymn: NEH346
Sunday 26 July 2009 Matins 10am 1st Hymn: NEH256
Smith Responses
Psalm 74
Stanford Te Deum and Benedictus in C
There is an old belief - Parry
2nd Hymn: NEH335 (t. AMR)
Eucharist 11.15am Missa Papae Marcelli - Palestrina
Hymns: NEH452, NEH277, For the wonders of creation t. NEH265, NEH434
Evensong 3.30pm 1st Hymn: NEH409
Smith Responses
Psalm 75
Stanford in C
I love the Lord - Harvey
2nd Hymn: NEH244


23-26 August 2007

The choir visited Exeter cathedral between 23-26 August 2007 and sang at the following services:

Thursday 23 August 2007


Radcliffe Responses

Office Hymn: NEH 213(i)
Psalm 97
Stanford in B flat
O pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Howells
Saturday 25 August 2007 Evensong
Radcliffe Responses
Psalm 119 vv73-104

Purcell in B flat

O God, Thou art my God - Purcell
Final Hymn: NEH 246(ii)
Sunday 26 August 2007 Eucharist
Introit: Ave verum corpus - Byrd
Missa Brevis - Palestrina
Jesu dulcis memoria - Victoria
Hymns: NEH 324, 358(ii), 424
Communion: NEH 288, 391
Radcliffe Responses
Hymns: NEH 432 (omit *), 499
Psalm 119 vv73-88
Te Deum - Ireland in F
Jubilate - Stanford in B flat
O for a closer walk with God - Stanford

Radcliffe Responses

Psalm 119 vv49-72

Howells Gloucester Service

Thou O God art praised in Sion - Boyle
Final Hymn: NEH 150(ii)

Arundel, Chichester

17-20 August 2006

We visited the cathedrals of Arundel and Chichester, between 17-20 August 2006. As well as singing at services, we gave a recital in Arundel Cathedral in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Lunchtime Recital

1pm, Saturday 19th August 2006


Arundel Cathedral

A recital of sacred music for chamber choir,
spanning five centuries

Six short pieces by: John Sheppard, William Byrd, Mozart,
Brahms, Jonathan Dove and Kenneth Leighton

Free admission

Retiring collection in aid of the British Heart Foundation
Registered Charity No. 225971

The recital will last approximately 30 minutes

Posters and flyers


Download the A4 poster | Plain version

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The plain versions omit the background photograph and may be easier to photocopy.

The A5 flyer prints two-up on A4 paper. Print once and then turn the paper to make the second impression.

PRESS RELEASE - 8th August 2006
Choral Recital in aid of the British Heart Foundation

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31 Dec 2005-2 Jan 2006

Over the New Year period 2005-6, we visited London and sang at Westminster Abbey. We also put on a concert in St Martin-in-the-Fields, where we performed J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Parts 4 & 5.


31 March-3 April 2005

In March/April 2005, the choir visited Peterborough, with services in the cathedral and a concert in Oundle. The theme was: Finzi (and other great 20th century British composers).

Supporting Cancer Research UK

My Spirit Sang All Day

Songs of Spring, Love & Memory
by Finzi, Howells & Gurney

Ex Collegio Cantabrigiensi

Conductor: Mark Duthie
Assistant Master of the Music Peterborough Cathedral

Saturday 2 April 2005 at 7.30pm
Oundle Parish Church

by kind permission of the Vicar and Churchwardens

Tickets: £7.50 (concessions £5)
including interval refreshments (a glass of wine)

All proceeds to support Cancer Research UK
Registered Charity Number 1089464

Tickets can be bought from: Oundle Tourist Information Centre, Tel: 01832 274333, or on the door


12-15 August 2004

In August 2004, the choir performed in Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


Tim Horton, Director ~ Charles Harrison, Organ
Stephen Hogg, Countertenor ~ Robert Marson, Baritone
on Friday 13th August & Saturday 14th August at 8pm
in Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh

Featuring the famous Forty-part Motet by Thomas Tallis

also Requiem - Duruflé

works by Parsons, Byrd and Lobo

Tickets: £6 (£3) available from the Fringe Box Office, 180 High Street, Edinburgh (Tel: 0131 226 0000, Web:, or on the door


14-17 August 2003

In August 2003, the choir visited Dublin and sang at St Patrick's Cathedral and at St Mary's Pro-Cathedral.