Our history


Adoramus was founded in 1996 by David Hooke, then Music Director at Christ Church, Cockfosters. It grew out of a series of successful Family Christmas Carol concerts in previous years, attracting audiences of around 1,000 at the former Lee Valley Leisure Centre.

Our first concert was at The Latymer School, Edmonton, on 29th June 1996, with a large orchestra and a choir of around 30, performing music from Opera to Gospel, and everything in between.

Since then Adoramus has performed on over 90 occasions, has recorded 5 CDs, been broadcast on air on three occasions and participated in BBC Songs of Praise. In 2017 the Orchestra played at the Royal Albert Hall with David Hooke conducting and Nicki Hooke singing. 

Our concerts


Since 1996, we have provided creative, entertaining programmes that have appealed to a variety of audiences. These have included Faure’s Requiem, D-Day and Battle of Britain Concerts, Summer Love Classics from shows and operas, ‘Baroque-ing around the Christmas Tree’, ‘Bravo Beethoven’, Magnificats, the Messiah and carols to name a few! We typically perform 4-5 concerts a year, in and around London including Edmonton, Enfield, Broxbourne, Northwood, Potters Bar, Muswell Hill, Palmers Green, Barnet and Cockfosters in schools, churches and concert halls. Every other year we seek to perform at larger venues such as Watford Colosseum and the St Albans Arena, generating audiences of 500 and more. We enjoy being overseas, with tours in past years in northern Italy, Normandy in France and Turkey. Sometimes a concert or venue does not require a large choir and orchestra and for these events we have the Adoramus Singers and a small orchestral ensemble.

Our concerts have included visual media and are often compered in an informative, humorous and thought-provoking way which adds an extra dimension to our performances.

Concerts 1996 - 2008

Concerts 2009 - 2019

 

1996 Make His Praise Glorious  Latymer School
  Christmas Concert Lea Valley Leisure Centre
1997 In Time of Anxiety Castle Hall Hertford              N. London Bible College
  Christmas Concert Lea Valley Leisure Centre
1998 Fireworks for the King St Stephen’s Enfield
  BBC Radio 4 Sunday morning service Emmanuel Centre Westminster
  The Gospel Concert Latymer School
  Family Christmas Concert Lee Valley Leisure Centre
1999 The Mystery and the Majesty  St Stephen’s Enfield              St Mary’s Church Ware    Christ Church N. Finchley
  Love Classics Latymer School
  Concert of Prayer and Praise Bishop Stortford School
  Celebrate Christmas Dawn of 2000 Lea Valley Leisure Centre
2000 Gloria St Andrew’s Southgate
  Celebrate 2000 Lee Valley Leisure Centre
  Music for Autumn Afternoon Church in the Orchard, Grange Park
  Celebrate Christmas Lea Valley Leisure Centre
2001 Gloria Hitchin
  Magnificat St James New Barnet
  Music for a Winter’s Afternoon Christ Church Cockfosters
  Remember, Remember, Remembrance St Stephen’s Enfield
  TOUR TO ITALY  
  Christmas Concert Lea Valley Leisure Centre
2002 Gloria St John’s Buckhurst Hill
  Peace for Our Time St Stephen’s Enfield
  Dramatic Classics St Stephen’s Enfield
  Majestatis Christchurch, Barnet
  September 11th Commemoration Central Hall Westminster
  Up Where We Belong Trinity Church, Enfield Town
  Celebrate Christmas St Stephen’s Enfield
2003 TOUR TO ITALY  
  In Celebration St Aldhelm’s Edmonton
  Music for Spring Afternoon Church House Cockfosters
2004 Coronation Concert Christ Church Barnet      Above Bar Church Southampton
  Walk into Vivaldi Holy Innocents High Beech
  A Summer Schubertland St Aldhelm’s Edmonton
  Celebrate Christmas Central Hall, Southampton
2005 Praise Across the Generations St Cuthbert’s Wood Green
  Love Classics Alban Arena
  Mellow Music for Autumn St Mark’s Colney Heath
  Ready 4 Christmas St Albans Abbey
2006 Bella Italia St Aldhelm’s Edmonton
  TOUR TO ITALY  
  Mozart 250 Dame Alice Owen Potters Bar
  Radio 4 Sunday Worship Wesleyian Chapel, London
  Messiah according to Mozart Dame Alice Owen Potters Bar
2007 Love Classics From The Shows Alban Arena 2 performances
  Choral Contrasts St John’s Buckhurst Hill     St Andrew’s Enfield
2008 Glory of Easter Alban Arena
  Choral Contrasts Middleton Stoney Oxon
  Summer Glory St Aldhelm’s Edmonton
  God of the Empty Space Recording Christ Church Cockfosters
  Celebrate Christmas Dame Alice Owen Potters Bar 2 performances

 

 

2009 Bella Italia St James’ Church Muswell Hill
  TOUR TO ITALY  
  Fit For a King Alban Arena
  Remember, Remember, Remembrance Christ Church Finchley
  Christmas prom Concert Oasis Academy
2010 Glory of Easter Alban Arena &                  Watford Coliseum
  Battle of Britain Alban Arena
  Christmas Prom Concert Oasis Academy
2011 Light in the Darkness Enfield Baptist Church
  TOUR TO NORMANDY  
  Valentine Classics Broxbourne Civic Hall
  Music on the Strand St Clement Danes
  Music to Refresh the Soul St Mary’s Cheshunt
  Handel’s Messiah QE Boys School Barnet
2012 Glory of Easter Alban Arena & Watford Coliseum
  Jubilee Alban Arena and Watford Coliseum
  Hope in Time of Anxiety St James’ Muswell Hill
2013 Glory of Easter Enfield Baptist Church
  TOUR TO NORMANDY  
  The Crown and the Glory Alban Arena
  Celebrate Christmas St Ignatius College
2014 Bravo Beethoven Palmers Green URC
  Magnificat Dame Alice Owen Potters Bar
  Jubilate Christ Church Cockfosters
  TOUR TO TURKEY  
  D-Day 70th Anniversary Concert Alban Arena
  Baroque-ing-Around-the-Christmas-Tree St Stephen’s Enfield
2015 Valentine Classics Millfield Theatre
  New Life - New World Alban Arena
  2015: A Musical Odyssey Alban Arena
  Come and Sing Gloria St Stephen’s Enfield
  Celebrate Christmas St Stephen’s Enfield
2016 Tragedy to Majesty Palmers Green United Reform Church
  Adoramus Remembers St Stephen’s Enfield
  Summer Love Classics Emmanuel Church Northwood
  Vivaldi Gloria St Pauls Wood Green
  Vivaldi Gloria Christchurch Chorleywood
  Classical Christmas Crackers St Stephen’s Enfield
2017 Glory of Easter Spotlight Theatre Broxbourne
  Love Classics on Stage Alban Arena
  Vivaldi Gloria Salvation Army Regent Hall
  The Light that shines in the Darkness Emmanuel Church Northwood
2018 Heaven Touching Earth Latymer School
  Faure Requiem Latymer School
  Music for a Summer Evening St Luke’s Church Enfield
  The Wonder of Christmas Latymer School
2019 Why Haydn? St Sepulchre’s Church
  D-Day 75th Anniversary Concert Alban Arena

 

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