EC4 Music is a choir and orchestra based in the City of London, and named after the postcode where many of us work. We were first established in 1995, and since then we have been putting on classical concerts every year, and raising money for our chosen charities. We are proud of our ability to delight our audiences, and we work hard to convince even the most sceptical new listeners of the passion and power of live classical music.
We know that for many people, it’s hard to combine making music to a high standard with working in London.
Our aim for our members is to make it easier to do just that, in a congenial atmosphere. EC4 at full strength numbers about 250 people from over 100 organisations, many of them based in and around the City.
Since 1995, we’ve performed sell-out annual midsummer concerts in St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, and the choir also puts on at least one Christmas concert. We’ve been privileged since 2003 to perform most years in at least one other major venue – most frequently, the Barbican, and in 2012 and 2014, in the Royal Festival Hall.
Our concerts are always in aid of one of our chosen charities and we’ve raised in total over £200,000 over the last 15 years, including £150,000 for The Prince’s Trust. We are very proud of what we achieve, both musically and charitably. The musical standard reached is very high, and is truly exceptional for a non-auditioned group.
We are always looking for opportunities to work with new partners on future concerts. If you would like to discuss your idea for a concert please get in touch.
Tim Crosley, conductor
In addition to conducting both the EC4 choir and orchestra, Tim is a tax lawyer, and has recently left private practice and moved in-house for Compass Group. He’s been involved with EC4 since its debut concert in St Bride's Church in 1995, playing solo piano in the group’s early years and taking over as conductor in 1997.
Music has always been a big part of Tim’s life: his first interest was the piano (including four appearances playing Mozart, Beethoven and Grieg concertos at the Purcell Rooms in London). He was a choral scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, and he now works with other choirs, including the Purbeck Chamber Choir and the City Consort of Voices chamber choir which he founded in 2010. In that same year, he conducted Deloitte’s choir when they won the "Office Choir of the Year" competition.
Claire Ashby, leader
Claire has led EC4 Music’s orchestra since 2000. Her day job is marketing and publicity for organisations including Mind, the BBC Proms and the Royal Albert Hall, and she is currently Head of Media for the Alzheimer's Society.
She studied as a Scholar at the Royal College of Music with Professor Felix Andrievsky, where she led all the Royal College orchestras, and won several prizes including the Fred Brough Orchestral Leadership prize and the Hester Lavene Award. She has also appeared as lead violinist with Wired Strings who perform and record with rock/pop artists including Mary J Blige, Kanye West, Paul Weller and Rod Stewart.