Monday, 06 March 2017 17:28

One of Our Brothers is a Lion

We have some exciting news! 

BJC and BYV are about to sing in an opera entitled One of our Brothers is a Lion! that is being written especially for them.

Composer and former BJC pianist, James Olsen is writing an children’s opera for BJC/BYV to be premiered at our concert on Saturday 20th May. The story is based on the medieval legend(from the Legenda Aurae by Voragine) of Saint Jerome who removes a thorn from a lion’s paw; the lion becomes his companion and makes a home inthe monastery, only then to get into trouble when the brothers think he has eaten the monastery’s donkey…

And... we need your help to make this amazing opportunity for our children happen!

Fund raising

We need to raise a total of £5,500 to cover the opera commission and staging expenses. Although timescales are short, we believe that this is such an amazing opportunity that between us all we can do it! Thanks to the generosity of our friends and supporters, we have already exceeded our initial goal of raising  £2,000 by the end of February!

Please contact us if you would like to contribute, or if you have any fundraising ideas.

For more information, see the brochure containing all the information about the project.

Save the dates
  •  Saturday, May 20: first performance of the opera for BJC and BYV (please note that this is a new date for BYV).
  • Saturday, July 1: second performance in Broadstairs.


On Saturday 2nd July, the church of St. Michael and All Angels in Sydenham hosted Beckenham Junior Choir;the junior choir of St. John's East Dulwich; Beckenham Youth Voices and some choir parents - in a varied programme of singing and instrumentals. (The adults were quite well-behaved!)

This from John Webber:

DR-3"The concert in Lower Sydenham was a very exciting one, with SO MUCH to include, as we have an enormous number of talented people.  There was, as ever, a wide variety of songs.  As Elizabeth Beroud said at the end, 'we went all around the world: Africa, Ireland, the Caribbean, America, Germany and different parts of Britain…..and we covered music of many different centuries.'

This is the end of a term in which the Junior Choir has gained eight new members.  We look forward to a much needed holiday period and the chance to start back in September with the songs still ringing in our ears!

Best wishes for the Summer holidays ahead and new members are welcome to join us in September"

John Webber

 DR-397There are some photographs here by David Roxby - who kindly photographed the choirs and musicians and by Mary-Anne Fiorini

Our final BJC/YV meeting of the academic year will be this Wednesday, July 6th, when we meet for a picnic at Croydon Road Recreation ground (near the bandstand) from 6pm. Please bring food and a picnic blanket. If the weather looks bad I will send out an email late afternoon with possible alternative arrangements.

If you have not already handed in your named folder, please bring it on Wednesday and hand to John.

Also, if anyone has photos from Saturday's concert that they would be happy to share on our website (password protected) please let me know.

Choir resumes on Wednesday September 14th , 6.00pm for BJC and 7.20pm for BYV.
There will be details of autumn/winter concert dates shortly before the new term resumes.

BJC parents, if you have not already added your names to our Doodle rota for September, please do so ASAP. Let me know if you need the link again. I will be sending out the final dates next week.

Many thanks, and have a glorious summer.

BJC/YV Secretary

Oh, and one final request from John:

The St. John’s Junior Choir will sing a few pieces at their Church on Sunday next, July 10th. at 11.30a.m. Four will be absent, including the three most senior members…..BUT I can’t alter the date of the concert!  It would be terrific if a few of Beckenham Junior Choir would be willing to join them!   Please let me know: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 8650 9164.  I have attached song words: if you can practise the first three, from “Singing in the Rain”, it would be even better!  You just need to know v.2 of “Make ’em laugh”, the chorus of “Singing in the rain” and the second part of “You are my lucky star”.  (They will be on YouTube.)   It’s at St. John’s Church, Goose Green, East Dulwich, SE22 9AT




A concert to celebrate the history of Clock House on May 7th 2016, performed by BJC and BYV

Among the 100-strong audience at this celebratory concert were Mary Blyton and guest composer Gary Higginson, a student of Carey Blyton. The concert premiered a piano piece "Inventions on a theme of Carey Blyton" by Gary - played by John Webber. The choirs sang a wide range of music from David Bowie's "Starman" and the Carpenters' "Top of the world" to the James Horner theme for the film "Titanic." Both choirs (and some parents) sang "A La Cart," a tribute to Mozart's inventive music.

Here are some words by Cliff Watkins - originator of the Clock House festival and enthusiastic promotor of local Beckenham history.

"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."

Cliff Watkins - Historian and Local co-organiser of the Clock House Festival 2016

The concert raised over £260 for the restoration fund for the organ at the Beckenham Baptist Church at Elm Road in a retiring collection, and we are continually grateful for the support we receive from the Rev. Neil Drasey and the Church community in staging our concert here and the weekly practice in the room where Enid Blyton attended Sunday school as a young child living in Beckenham!

There are some photographs taken by Nick Charles to see here - enter your password when on the gallery page, If you need a password please contact Niamh here.



Get in touch

We would love to hear from families who would like their children to join in the choirs and sing with a lively and non-competitive group of young people.
Contact us and arrange to come along there are no auditions, anyone aged 6 - 17 can join our choirs.

Tel: 0208 650 9164

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Matchfunding for the choirs

BJC/BYV have an HMRC assimilated charitable status.
If you or a close relative, work for a company that offers matchfunding,
the choirs could benefit financially at no cost to yourself.
Please check this list of organisations to see the companies listed.