New London Children’s Choir
The New London Children’s Choir was launched in 1991 by its Musical Director, Ronald Corp, with the aim of introducing children aged 7 to 18 to the challenges and fun of singing/performing all types of music.
n top of weekly rehearsals, the members enjoy activities ranging from appearing with Lou Reed or Damon Albarn to singing opera; from performing at the Proms to partaking in the film score for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace; from singing in a TV dairy commercial to recording discs with international record labels. In December 2010, Ron directed a performance by Paul McCartney accompanied by the Choir of his song, Wonderful Christmastime (1979) at the Apollo, Hammersmith.
Over the years the Choir has performed in concerts and festivals across the country and overseas, appearing in all the major London concert halls, and continuing to be engaged by the world’s leading orchestras and promoters. Ron has written many pieces for the Choir to sing as well as commissioning over forty pieces from contemporary composers.
They are also in demand in and around London for smaller-scale events and functions (eg. carol singing), and can be hired privately via their website.
The Choir’s CD of Michael Hurd’s tuneful and catchy Pop Cantatas, with Ronald Corp directing members of the New London Orchestra came out on Naxos in February 2011. The disc features John Addison (narrator) and Alexander Wells (piano), the five cantatas being: Jonah-Man Jazz, Prodigal, Rooster Rag, Swingin’ Samson and Captain Coram’s Kids, works which span 30 years from 1966 to 1996.
See their CDs of Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Michael Hurd’s Pop Cantatas and their compilation disc, Pigs Could Fly, in performances directed by Ron. They have recorded The Ice Mountain by Ronald Corp.
They also contributed to the disc, A Hanukka Celebration, alongside other choirs, in the Naxos ‘American Classics’ series.