The London Quartet – still known to many as Cantabile – have long been recognised to be one of Britain's great vocal groups. Founded in Cambridge as a purely a cappella student ensemble, they first came to prominence in the Tim Rice musical Blondel in London's West End. Since then, they have appeared in a huge variety of venues, singing programmes encompassing early polyphony, jazz and contemporary music. They have toured extensively, from the United States to South Africa to Southeast Asia and the Far East. They have sung in the most prestigious venues for the most prestigious clientele, including Buckingham Palace for Her Majesty the Queen.
Over the recent past the group’s schedule has been characteristically full and varied, including concerts in a range of contrasting locations from Ventura in California to Eskişehir in Turkey to Kuressaare in Estonia. In the corporate sphere they entertained the largest-ever gathering of Rolls-Royce owners in Munich, and wrote and performed special songs at events spanning a gathering of influential women at the United Nations, a gathering of sponsors at of the London Library and a dinner to mark the retirement of the CEO of the Crédit Agricole. Their main workplace is in European theatres, where 2018 saw them touring with their show, Full English Brexit! despite which they will continue to visit the Continent through the rest of this year and beyond! They are currently working on a new project on the music of Mischa Spoliansky, one of the leading musical figures in pre-war Berlin and subsequently in the sphere of film composition in London.
Performances in the autumn include visits to Germany and Norway (the latter as guests of the Edvard Grieg Kor) as well as several appearances in London, including two shows at the Crazy Coqs cabaret accompanied by their old friend and colleague, Chris Hatt, Associate Musical Director on Hamilton. Chris and the London Quartet have been working together since they met 10 years ago on Chess in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, with Idina Menzel and Josh Groban.
The first anthology of the London Quartet’s musical arrangements, The Great British A Cappella Songbook, is published by Edition Peters.
The Quartet’s eighteenth album, A Song for Christmas, appears on the Champs Hill Records label. Their previous CD for Champs Hill, Songs of Love and War, was nominated for a CARA award in the United States.