About the Festival
The London Festival of Contemporary Church Music was founded in 2002 with the aim of showcasing contemporary liturgical music in both service and concert. Based at St Pancras Parish Church, London, the LFCCM has grown to include more than 50 events in venues across London and beyond, dozens of composers, hundreds of performers and thousands of audience members, both live and online, showcasing the very best in contemporary liturgical music for choir and organ.
This year’s nine-day programme from 12 – 20 May featured concerts in London, an away day in Cambridge, six new commissions including a brand new musical setting of the entire order of compline, and premiere performances in services across London from our increasingly international Call for Scores.
- Download the Festival Brochure, including a welcome from Artistic Director Christopher Batchelor and an overview of all the Festival’s events this year
- Listen to Choral Evensong from St Pancras Parish Church on BBC iPlayer, featuring the premiere performances of the Festival’s 2018 commissions
- Read programme notes and biographies for concerts taking place at St Pancras Parish Church during the Festival: Diana and Gregory at 70 (Saturday 12 May), Night Prayer: Compline Renewed (Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 May), Douglas Tang’s Organ Recital (Thursday 17 May), Setting the Seal (Friday 18 May), and Loss and Lamentation (Saturday 19 May)
- Discover more about five of the composers taking part in the Festival in our Meet the Composer series: Nicholas O’Neill, Philip Cooke, Miriam Mackie, Ben Rowarth and Diana Burrell
Call for Scores 2018 opens on 1 September
Call for Scores is an open competition for music to be performed at the next Festival, with composers around the world warmly invited to submit new compositions. Last year’s Call for Scores received more than 150 submissions. The next Call for Scores, for music to be performed at 2019’s Festival, runs from 1 September – 30 November 2018. Review the submission guidelines to make sure your submission qualifies!
The LFCCM is a precious and unique opportunity for the annual showcasing of new sacred works at the highest possible level. It thoroughly deserves its important place in the spectrum of contemporary music in London.
Gregory Rose, conductor & composer