Beckenham Youth Voices will be singing at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday, Feb. 4th, as part of Amici Cantantes, directed by John Webber. Graham Powell, from St. Peter’s, Limpsfield will play the organ.
Amici Cantantes is an annual Evensong event, started in 1999 by John and Graham.
The Beckenham Junior Choir is for children aged 6 to 11, and Youth Voices for children aged and up. Children of all musical abilities are welcome to enjoy music and singing. No auditions!
The choirs have a broad repertoire, from carols to cantatas, from musicals to modern classics, from folk songs to film themes. We practise Wednesdays in school term-time at Beckenham Baptist Church in Beckenham. Location map
BJC and BYV are excited to announce our latest project: to commission and premiere a new children's opera, One of our Brothers is a Lion by James Olsen. The opera tells the story of Saint Jerome, who removes a thorn from a lion's foot. The lion joins the monastery and the brothers live in harmony until the day the monastery's donkey goes missing... and the lion gets the blame. The premiere is set for Saturday, May 20th.
This is your chance to be a Patron of the Arts and take part in commissioning this exciting new opera with us.
"I like the choir. The songs are fun, and everyone is friendly."
- Katja, year 5
"The funniest song is the one with a man who slides down the bannister."
- Erik year 3
"What was remarkable to me was the way the choirs tackled the range of songs. To listen to music by Novello, Warlock, Bowie, sung with great enthusiasm by all ages was wonderful. And the Youth Voices were quite magical in their interpretation of 'My Heart will go on' made famous by Celine Dion. I was so fascinated by the full company's performance of Judith Watson's 'A la cart' that I have looked it up on the web."
- Mr Cliff Watkins local historian