A concert to be proud of...

The first concert of 2016 was performed by Beckenham Junior Choir at the Free Church Goddard Road, Elmers End, Beckenham

And a very fine concert too. This is what John said:

"Well done to Beckenham Junior Choir today for a terrific concert.  You were very good at the learning of words and really concentrated hard.

The audience loved it!  The solos were well performed and we did an awful lot in a very short time. 
Well done to a large number of players, too, who were from the Junior Choir, Youth Voices and parents.

Thank you also to Chloe H. and Marie from Beckenham Youth Voices for your special contributions.

I look forward to March 19th. at Shortlands!"


There will be some photographs posted soon so watch this space!



Autumn term

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Welcome to our new members and families as we start practising for our next concerts.
We meet every Wednesday at Beckenham Baptist Church in Elm Road, Beckenham,
(see a map here) at 6:00pm and if you have young family member who loves singing - why not contact John and arrange a trial visit to meet us and have fun joining in our singing.


Spring Concert 2015

Spring has sprung...

We were off great start to the new season with warmer weather on Saturday 7th March.
At Beckenham Methodist Church the choirs received a warm welcome too.


This from John:

"Well done to Beckenham Junior Choir and Youth Voices for a truly amazing concert at Beckenham Methodist Church!  There was, as usual, a varied programme, from Mozart's "Ave verum corpus" and Franck's "Panis angelicus" to "Edelweiss" and "By and by", with every item performed to a high standard. 

An enormous number of young people sang solos, made announcements or played instruments.  Two girls only joined the Junior Choir a fortnight ago and others have been with us for 8 or 10 years! 

It is good to see how many parents are involved in different ways, both behind the scenes and, more recently, by singing in harmony with the Choirs.

There were many wonderful comments and we are going from strength to strength!"




spring-concert-2015-2Here are some striking photographs of the concert by Nick Charles
- you will need your choir password to enter to see them. If you need a password please contact Niamh Brooks or John


Beside the seaside!

A sunny day for our Broadstairs concert 4th July 2015


A terrific concert in Broadstairs and an appreciative audience. 
We had eight announcers, lots of soloists and the Choirs totalled about 55 singers!
Thank you to Holy Trinity Church for hosting us on such a hot day in your lovely cool building within which we enjoyed your welcome and singing by the seaside!

From John:

"It is a great privilege to work with all you wonderful people and I hope that you came away uplifted after a really exciting day!
And isn’t Broadstairs a great place?

We have a very promising future!"


There are some lovely photographs from Nick Charles to see online here (please enter your choir password in the Photobox page to see them) If you have any seaside snaps you would like to share - we will be making a photograph album for members families to see online soon. Please send any pics by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Amici Cantatates - means roughly translated "Singing friends"

Rochester evensong-in rehearsal 

In rehearsal for Evensong - the formal group photo's are accessible via the links below.

Around 100 friends in the shape of a number of choirs connected by John and his musicianship, assembled at Rochester Cathedral to fill the space with Evensong to settings by Charles Villiers Stanford and William Byrd and Tomás de Victoria. The photographs are now online, and as they are of this shared event you can see them without a password. You can order prints from the links below as well.Thanks to Nick Charles for taking and sharing them.

Group photographs of Amici Cantates 2015

Photographs of rehearsals and the Cathedral and surrounds, and the same group shots as above.

As a guide to buying them as glossy prints from Photobox - a single print will have the same postage price as 5 or 10 so you may wish to club together in a single order as choirs. The cost is very reasonable - 5 off 9" x 6" prints including postage to one address, costs just £5.09. You will need to register as a customer to order them.

Please note that Beckenham Junior Choir don't profit from this at all - we just facilitate the links to them!

This from John:

"Well done to Beckenham Youth Voices Saturday 24th at Rochester Cathedral. You sang really, really well and I was deeply proud of you. You all looked very smart, too and were a credit to the Choir and your families.

The singing was of a high standard and I am looking forward to hearing the recording and seeing the photos."






Visit to Finchcocks Museum 27th August

Finchcocks museum of music is situated south of Lamberhurst in Kent.  It houses a collection of antique keyboard instruments and the museum's owners, Richard and Katrina Burnett, invited John to visit with a few musical students from the choirs to give a recital on the 27th August Open Day. The museum has regular events and recently hosted a BBC Radio 3 Live in concert programme of the Pianist Melvyn Tan playing on historic instruments of the type the composers, Mozart, Muthel and Beethoven would have played. The museum has many visitors on its open days who come to hear the invited musicians, the history of the house and to play the keyboards themselves.

From John:

"What a wonderful outing today! 

All our musicians performed with great dedication and were very much appreciated by their audience.  I know that I am always saying this, but it is true: I was very proud of you! Amongst our audience was the now 90-year-old conductor and broadcaster Kenneth Alwyn.  I only realised afterwards who had spoken to me!  He was hugely impressed with the standard of playing and singing.  (Do google him -  he has been a BIG name!)

Thanks for taking the time to come (parents as well).  Another triumph for the Choirs and a good advert for music in BR3!
Well done  -  see you on Wednesday 9th,


John received this message shortly afterwards:

"Hello John That was really super- what a lovely bunch of musicians you brought to Finchcocks, - everyone thoroughly enjoyed the performances. Beautifully selected with lots of variety. Please thank everyone concerned.

Katrina and Richard Burnett" 

There are a few photographs from the day to see here (please enter your choir password in the Photobox page to see them)
These will be added to as they are sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - please email any pictures to him or to John to pass on.

A very merry Christmas!

In the weeks preceding Christmas both choirs have been busy with some really enjoyable singing in three events. Firstly, Beckenham Junior Choir gave a lovely performance of some Christmas-themed pieces for its concert on the 26th November, at Beckenham Baptist Church in Elm Road, welcomed by the Revd. Neil Draisey, the audience were treated to a very accomplished and spirited programme by the choir and by the young pianist-accompanists, growing into their roles as musicians playing for us with great skill and confidence.

Secondly, Beckenham's celebratory music event to switch on the Christmas lights on Beckenham Green, on the 29th November, watched by members of the public on a specially constructed stage, and led by James Carpenter the choirs and some enthusiastic parents  gave a rousing rendition of popular carols to great applause.

Then thirdly, Youth Voices sang, as part of three choirs together, in a concert in aid of Sydenham Garden at St. John the evangelist in East Dulwich. The program included Bejamin Britten's Festival of Carols and under the conductorship of John Webber this complicated and challenging suite of carols, filled the large acoustic offered by St. John's magnificently. Accompanied by a young Harpist, the range of tones and textures was really something to remember. 

To round off the Christmas clelebrations you can hear the members of both choirs videoed by our fantastic sound man Ant Westgarth, at King's College Hospital chapel, where they sang carols for Christmas for an audience of hospital staff, patients and visitors. 


We wish you all a peaceful and joyous Christmas and look forward to singing together again in 2015.


Our May concert at St. James' Parish Church Elmers End


Our May concert in Elmers End, was hosted by St James' Parish church and with a warm welcome from Father Leon, a mixed programme took us all around the world.

Not in this particular order, but earning a lot of AirMiles, the choirs took us from the Edelweiss in Austria to some Hungarian folk song solos and three songs sung by the Junior choir in parts, then on to Poland for some lovely solo folk songs then further still to the Caribbean for Brown girl in the ring, Into the South Pacific for an Enchanted Evening, a swoop back to America to sing about the Native American Wee Little Piute, then to Canada for She's Like the Swallow and to the Dirty Old Town of 1940's Salford via a trip to the West Country for a song about some Smugglers and then being told to behave better by a fine Policeman dealing with Pirates in Penzance, whose lot was not a happy one.

The concert was a happy one and for two anthems choir parents joined together with Youth Voices to fill the fine acoustics of the large church with their singing.

From John:

"I was delighted with Saturday's
performance and felt that everyone was really well prepared. 

We were able to use a lovely building and the singing was a joy to hear. 
Lots of new young soloists and also some experienced voices. 

Great to have the Mums and Dads taking part in the music, too...
more of that to come!

Thanks to everyone for their various roles behind the scenes."


Some splendid photographs by Nick Charles can be seen in these albums, please enter your password when you arrive on the Photobox page, please contact Naimh or John if you need your password.

Photographs of BJC and BYV May 2015 at St James' Parish church Elmers end - rehearsals

Photographs of BJC and BYV May 2015 at St James' Parish church Elmers end - concert

Thanks to all the parents for their pre-concert help and for Ant for his sound mix in the demanding space of St. James.



An informal concert 15th October

Just 6 weeks into the season and Beckenham Youth Voices and guests performed a very enjoyable concert for parents and friends. Thanks to Revd. Neil Draisey and the Elm Road Baptist Church for welcoming us and the use of the church.
youth voices concert about to startWe were also joined by a former choir member Gemma Bell who captured the audience with "Wishing you were somehow here again" from Phantom of the opera. It is a delight to have guest singers like Gemma, whose voices grow in strength and maturity, return to showcase singing talents, having started out with BJC and Youth Voices.  Solos from Youth Voices including Sabrina, Tiziri, Megan, Malini, and Ivan were performed with vigour, vitality, grace, poise and presence (in that order...) An informal concert means that when the pianist and guitarist do not start out in the same key, we all smile and start again... What a treat it was to hear Aisling playing Bach on Saxophone. Thanks also to Jenny Fraser for her piano accompaniment.
some choir parents joined in

Some parents and friends took to the stage alongside the choir for two anthems - adding a little depth to the sound and looking happy to be there too!


This concert was Rounded off by some excellent refreshments with a "welcome" chocolate cake for ournewly-joined members.

So in summary a lovely concert with a lovely bake-off to finish!

There are some photographs by Nick Charles of the  youth voices concert here


More Articles ...

  1. Autumn Term begins!
  2. Garden Party in the sun
  3. A wonderful 12 months
  4. Happy Birthday - a celebration
  5. 50 Years making music
  6. Concert at St. Luke's, Woodside, Saturday 10th May 2014
  7. Concert at Holy Trinity Church Beckenham
  8. A morning concert at St.George's Beckenham
  9. A Prelude to Christmas
  10. Youth Voices in Concert at St. George's Beckenham
  11. Happy 20th Birthday to Beckenham Junior Choir!
  12. 2010 to the present
  13. Seaside Concert at Broadstairs!
  14. Our Summer Concert Sunday 9th June 2013
  15. Spring Charity Concert at St. Barnabas
  16. Coffee concert at St. George's Beckenham
  17. Youth Voices informal concert
  18. Evensong at Southwark Cathedral
  19. Winter Concert at Elmers End
  20. Carols for Christmas!
  21. Winter Concert with Balgowan !
  22. Youth Voices Concert 17th October
  23. Songs of London Town
  24. Singing for the Olympic Torch
  25. A Fanfare for Penge and West Beckenham!
  26. Concert at Woodside 19th May
  27. A Brief Look Through The Archives
  28. Spring concerts 2012
  29. Our Autumn Concert in West Wickham
  30. Beckenham's Night of Honour
  31. Youth Voices in concert October 12th
  32. Well Done To Everyone For A Wonderful Christmas Concert!
  33. Young Beckenham In Song 2
  34. A lively Workshop enjoyed by all!
  35. Concert at Rookstone Residential Home
  36. Youth Voices Concert at Elm Road Church
  37. Concert in the Bandstand
  38. Concert at Broadstairs May 22nd 2010
  39. Our Concert at Broadstairs May 22nd 2010
  40. Our Concert at St. James's North Cray
  41. Our Concert at St Edmund's Beckenham 17th January 2010
  42. Our new PA system
  43. Photo's of our Summer Concert
  44. Our Concert at Emmanuel URC West Wickham Summer 2009
  45. End of term picnic
  46. Christmas with the Blackheath Choir 2008
  47. The Second Beckenham's Famous Concert 2008
  48. Happy 15th Birthday October 2008 - an update...
  49. Previous choir pianists and musicians
  50. What we have sung
  51. The Choir visits Hither Green March 2009
  52. Our 15th birthday in October 2008!
  53. The Nineties
  54. The Noughties

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