London Jazz Choir is a three-part harmony choir singing a varied jazz, soul and gospel repertoire.
Founded in 2017 by the Musical Director Rachel Maby, the choir performs in a vast array of venues, from private events at art galleries to services at places of worship. Past highlights include the V&A Gamble Room Christmas Special, Highbury Festival and Methodist Central Hall.
In 2020, they released their debut Christmas EP and in 2021 they collaborated with Methodist Central Hall Westminster to record The Wonderful Cross and There is a Redeemer for their Easter Day Live-streamed service, viewed by more than 10,000 people.
All members are accomplished singer-songwriters and soloists busy performing on London’s jazz, gospel and neo-soul scene.
Rachel Maby is a lyric mezzo-soprano, vocal improviser and animateur. She holds a Distinction Masters of Music degree from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and completed her undergraduate studies on the prestigious Joint Course at the Royal Northern College of Music and University of Manchester. Prior to University, she completed the prestigious Junior Jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music and was a founding member of the London Vocal Project, conducted by Pete Churchill.
Rachel works in both jazz and classical guises and has premièred multiple compositions which cross both vocal disciplines, with notable works including Charlotte in The Weekend by Scott Stroman (Bloomsbury Theatre, 2021), Sideshows one-woman opera by Leo Geyer (Tête à Tête, Lillian Bayliss Studio, BBC Radio 3 In Tune, Grimeborn Opera Festival) and The Legend of Mike Smith 2013
studio album and music drama by Soweto Kinch.
Rachel has more than a decade of experience as a choir director and vocal arranger and conducts High Holborn Chamber Choir, Music Education Islington Centre Choirs and Jericho Youth Choir. She has delivered and performed outreach programmess on behalf of Welsh National Opera, Spitalfields Music, Orchestra of St John’s, Oxford
Bach Choir, Constella OperaBallet, Baseless Fabric Theatre, Haringey Shed and Highbury OperaTheatre.
Conducting highlights include directing and arranging the choir music for the Methodist Central Hall Jazz Carols in 2021; directing the youth chorus for Fever Pitch the opera at Union Chapel in 2019 and directing the Chant Productions Children’s Choir at Langtree Park Stadium in 2013.
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Previous members also included
Whitney Sanchez, Judith Henry, Emily Barber, Megan Linnel, Zoe Olukoga, Rebecca Nicholas, Jumoké Fashola, Rebecca Durbin, Julia Quick, Rebecca Ojumu,
Helena Simpson, Jared Mihaud, Miles Debrah, Daniel Lewis, Siddhartha Lethbridge, Miles Debrah, Philip Protheroe, Robert Foot