Constanza Chorus is based in the heart of the City of London. The choir is a fun and sociable group whilst striving for the highest of standards. They have rehearsed and performed a wide range of concerts with accompanists and professional musicians and orchestras. In May 2015 the choir gave a performance of Brahms Requiem with the London Mozart Players at Cadogan Hall. The choir performed Mozart Requiem and ‘Goddess Excellently Bright’ by Matthew Taylor – a piece specially written for Constanza Chorus – in May 2017, again at Cadogan Hall with the London Mozart Players.
Constanza Chorus also fundraises for charity through their concerts and CD sales. In the past few years we have raised thousands of pounds for the Cystic Fybrosis Trust, Downs Syndrome Association, CLIC Sargent and Action on Hearing Loss. In 2015 the choir raised £1500 for Help Musicians UK.
Constanza Chorus is conducted by dynamic Director of Music Joanna Tomlinson.
In addition to Constanza, Joanna took up the post of Music Director of Farnham Youth Choirs in July 2016. The senior choir is an award-winning upper voice choir, who won two gold medals in the 2015 European Choir Games in Magdeburg. Joanna also conducts the Whitehall Choir.
She is the former Music Director of the Reading University Choirs and has worked with some of the UK’s top choirs including London Symphony Chorus, Joyful Company of Singers, Royal College of Music Chorus, East London Chorus, Excelsis Chamber Choir, The Whitehall Choir, Trinity Laban Junior College Choirs, and Wimbledon Choral Society.
She has studied conducting with Neil Ferris and Peter Hanke, and at the Sherborne Summer School under George Hurst. She has participated in masterclasses with Paul Brough, Patrick Russill, Peter Broadbent, Michael Reif and John Dickson.
She studied singing at the Royal College of Music, where she gained the post-graduate diploma in singing with Distinction. Joanna has appeared as soprano soloist in all the core oratorio repertoire. As a choral singer, Joanna works with BBC Singers, Philharmonia Voices, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Gabrieli Consort and Le Concert D’Astree.
Joanna has taught singing for over ten years and has also worked as a choral vocal coach. She has taught at Bedales School, Trinity Laban Junior Department and Royal College of Music Junior Department and worked as vocal coach to the Polish National Youth Choir.
Gavin Roberts enjoys a varied career as a piano accompanist. He has partnered singers in recital at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, and is Artistic Director of the recital series Song in the City. Engagements have include appearances at The Ludlow Weekend of English Song, The Cheltenham Festival, The Ryedale Festival (as a duo partner to the late clarinettist Alan Hacker), Brahms’ Liebesliederwaltzer as a duet partner to Graham Johnson, The Young Songmakers’ Almanac, The and A Soldier and a Maker directed by Iain Burnside – a play about the life of Ivor Gurney staged in the Barbican Pit Theatre. Alongside soprano Lucy Hall, he was the winner of the 2012 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform.
He has played for The BBC Singers, The Joyful Company of Singers, The Hanover Band, Orpheus Britannicus, Tiffin Boys’ Choir and The Guildford Chamber Choir, and as a repetiteur for Sir Roger Norrington and the late Richard Hickox. Gavin has appeared regularly on BBC Radio broadcasts as a soloist and accompanist, often giving premiere performances of new works. He has played on numerous recordings for the BBC, ASV, Guild and Priory Records. His most recent project is a recording of Gurney songs with baritone Philip Lancaster.
Gavin studied Piano with Andrew West and Eugene Asti at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he is now a Staff Accompanist and a Tutor of Academic Studies. He has also received tuition from Graham Johnson, Sarah Walker, Iain Burnside, Julius Drake, Malcolm Martineau and Martin Katz. He previously read Music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he also held the organ scholarship. Following this, Gavin gained a Master’s degree from King’s College London. Gavin is Organist and Director of Music at St Marylebone Parish Church. More details: www.gavinroberts.org & www.songinthecity.org
St Mary-at-Hill church, entrance in Lovat Lane, EC3. Just off Eastcheap, a few minutes walk from Monument tube.
St Mary’s was very badly damaged by the Great Fire of 1666 – the fire started in Pudding Lane just two streets away – and is thought to be the first church rebuilt by Christopher Wren. The church has always had a strong musical tradition; composer Thomas Tallis was a choir boy here in the early 16th century.