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“One of the very best amateur groups in the country”

Classical Music Magazine

“The most professional-sounding of non-professional orchestras”

The Sunday Telegraph

“Kensington Symphony Orchestra once again scores over most professional orchestras”

Classical Source

Vox Cordis

Vox Cordis was formed in 1998 by a group of friends who wanted to continue singing after leaving university. In its first 14 years, it has gone from strength to strength, taking on a wide-ranging repertoire from the great polyphonists of the sixteenth century to modern classics.

Under its two conductors, Matthew Altham and Charlie Grace, the choir gives regular concerts in churches throughout London as well as performing elsewhere across the United Kingdom. Highlights to date have included Bach's Mass in B Minor with the Linden Baroque Orchestra, Britten's ‘St Nicolas’ at Holy Trinity in aid of the National Playing Fields Association and Haydn’s Nelson Mass for the bicentenary of Trafalgar in aid of the Soldiers, Sailors, Army and Families Association Forces Help at Bath Abbey with the Bath Philharmonia.

The choir has also performed at the celebrated Wilton’s Music Hall in the east end of London as well as for charities like The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, RNLI and Macmillan Cancer Support. In addition to these concerts the choir has also sung services at Westminster Abbey and Norwich Cathedral and at 10 Downing Street for the Prime Minister’s Christmas party. On Christmas Eve 2006 the choir made its broadcasting debut, singing Christmas carols on Classic FM.

Since 2006 Vox Cordis has enjoyed a close association with the Orchestra of St Paul’s, performing a number of larger scale choral works under their conductor, Ben Palmer. These have included performances of Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Brahms’ Requiem, Stravinsky’s Mass, Berlioz Messe Solennelle, Verdi Requiem and Tippett’s A Child of Our Time.

In 2012 the choir recorded its debut CD, Christmas with Vox Cordis, in partnership with the children's charity Dreamflight. To order a copy, please email us at The recording is also available to download from iTunes.

KSO performance history

Mahler: Symphony No. 2    2016-17 Season