Youth Voices in Concert at St. George's Beckenham

A Saturday morning concert at St.George's Beckenham

St.George's parish church in Beckenham high Street welcomed youth voices on Saturday 18th October. The audience enjoyed the excellent solos and group pieces and some superb instrumental playing rounded off this informal performance as part of St. George's ongoing local Saturday music events.

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"You excelled yourselves today!  Lovely to hear those super voices in today’s
concert.  Although we had a small audience, everyone came because they
wished to hear you and wish you well.

Some wonderful solos…and the tone is excellent!"

 

There are some more, wonderful
monochrome photographs by Chris Kendall of the concert here

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Happy 20th Birthday to Beckenham Junior Choir!

We have celebrated 20 years of Beckenham Junior Choir this month with an informal concert given by the Junior Choir followed by a lovely party afterwards!

Current members of the Junior Choir and Youth Voices were present together with many friends and well-wishers!

The all-important birthday cake was baked for us by our Chair of Committee and was enjoyed by all - our thanks to Elizabeth!

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The audience were delighted by some amazing solo performances, including some of our youngest singers, and there were some old favourites sung by the whole choir including "Amazing Grace" and "Keep the Home Fires Burning".

 

 

Beckenham Junior Choir is thriving and numbers well over 40 members now, as many as we've ever had!  

Youth Voices, our choir for over 11's is 20 strong currently and we are always pleased to welcome new members.

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It is the start of an exciting year for the Choirs, culminating in our Grand Birthday Concert, to celebrate 21 years of the Junior Choir
and 10 years of Youth Voices, at:
St. Paul's Church, Brackley Road, Beckenham on Saturday, 5th July 2014.  

We look forward to welcoming old friends and new over the coming months.

You can see a full set of photographs of the concert and celebrations here

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Spring Charity Concert at St. Barnabas

Spring Charity Concert at St. Barnabas Raises Almost £700 for the Evelina Children's Hospital!

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Our first ever Charity concert was held on Saturday, at St. Barnabas Church in Beckenham; in aid of the Evelina Children's Hospital in London.  The charity has particular significance for us, as two of our longstanding members have had life saving surgery and ongoing medical treatment there. We managed to raise  almost £700 due to the amazing generosity of the audience!  Thank you to everyone who supported us!

There are some photographs of the rehearsals by Nick Charles here.
And some photographs of the concert by Nick Charles here.

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Both Beckenham Junior Choir and Youth Voices sang beautifully accompanied by the fabulous Beckenham Concert Band!  There was an exciting mix of music from the rousing El Relicario performed by the Concert Band, which enlivened the audience, to the traditional nursery  rhymes sung by the youngsters in the Junior Choir and  there was a smile on everyone's face as "The Pink Panther" was performed by Beckenham Concert Band!

Speaking after the concert, John Hargreaves, Musical Director of the Beckenham Concert band, said that "the choirs sang really well, and with such enthusiasm and commitment.  It's so good to see young people making music so positively."

Father Tim Hide, Vicar of St. Barnabas also congratulated us on

"A brilliant evening for everyone visiting St. Barnabas... wonderful to see the church being used by so many people coming through the doors who said they didn’t even know the building was there. Please pass on my thanks to the children, they sang very well and looked the part, enjoying their work."

  

The Beckenham Concert Band

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2010 to the present

2014

Saturday, February 3rd – Beckenham Junior Choir informal morning concert at St, George’s morning concert

 

Saturday, March 8th - A spirited concert at Holy Trinity

 

 

2013

Saturday, February 2nd – Amici Cantates meet at Southwark Cathedral for Evensong

 

Sunday, February 3rd - A relaxed informal programme by Beckenham Junior Choir, at United Reformed Church at Elmers End

 

Saturday, March 13th - Youth Voices informal concert at Holy Trinity, performing Sweeny Todd

 

Saturday, March 16th - Morning Coffee concert at St. Georges for Beckenham Junior Choir

 

Saturday, June 11th - Spring charity concert at St. Barnabas with the help of Beckenham Concert Band,

 

Sunday, June 8th - Singin in the Croydon Road Rec Bandstand

 

Saturday, July - Seaside Concert at Broadstairs

 

Saturday, October 18 - Youth Voices in concert at St, George’s morning concert

 

Wednesday, October - Happy 20th Birthday to Beckenham Junior Choir, celebrated by an informal concert at Elm Road

 

Saturday 30th November - Jubilate Choir invited Beckenham Junior choir and Youth Voices to join them at St. Johns Norwood

 

 

2012

Sunday, January 17th – an afternoon concert at St. Edmunds Church Village Way.

 

Saturday, March 2ndYouth voices concert at Holy Trinity Church

 

Saturday, March 3rd – Junior choir performed at St. George’s Chuch, as part of short Saturday Morning Coffee concert

 

Friday, March 23rd -Junior Choir and Youth Vocies raise the roof at Anerley Town Hall
 
 

 Saturday, May 19th - Wonderful Conccert at St Luke’s Woodside

 

June  - A Fanfare for Penge and West Beckenham, joined by the Crystal Palace Band and with Royston Primary School Choir.

 

Monday July, 23rd - What a wonderful morning we've had with a lot of our best friends, singing at Beckenham Roundabout, waiting for the Olypmic torch to run by.

 

Wednesday, October 17th, - An informal concert for Youth Voices

 

 Saturday, December 1st - Joined by Balgowan School Choir at Elm Road Baptish Church

 

Saturday, December - Carols for Christmas in Beckenham High Street in the rain

 

 

2011

 

Saturday, January 15th. – Choral Evensong in Rochester Cathedral, with a large group of adult singers.

 
 

Saturday, February 12th. – first Youth Voices’ workshop at Elm Road Church Hall, with young people from outside invited to join in. Main work: Carey Blyton’s “Frankenstein”

 

Saturday, March 19th. – concert at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Westwood Hill, Sydenham.  We shared the programme with Beckenham Concert Band.

 

Saturday, May 14th. – concert at Beckenham Methodist Church.

 
 

Sunday, June 19th. – singing at the Bandstand in Croydon Road, Recreation Ground, Beckenham

 

Sunday, July 3rd. – concert at St. James’s, Elmers End, with Blackheath Baroque instrumental group and some invited adult singers.

 

Friday, August 26th. – lunchtime concert at St. George’s Church, Beckenham High Street.

 

Saturday, August 27th. – singing at the Garden party at Ripley, home to Bromley Arts Council, at their invitation.

 

Wednesday October 12th. –Youth Voices gave an informal concert in Elm Road Baptist church for an audience of families and friends.

 

Saturday, November 26th. –immensely enjoyable concert with Oak Lodge Primary School at Emmanuel Church.

 

 

2010

 

Sunday, January 17th – an afternoon concert at St. Edmunds Church Village Way.

 
 

Saturday, March 13th – concert at St. James Church, Elmers End, with members of the Balgowan School Choir,
singing Jonah-Man Jazz and piano solos from Francesca Lauri

 
 

Saturday, May 22nd – concert at Broadstairs Methodist Church
singing Jonah-Man Jazz with Chris Buckley on the guitar

 
 

Sunday, June 20th – open air concert at the Bandstand Croydon Recreation Ground
singing Jonah-Man Jazz

 
 

Saturday, July 3rd – concert at St. James’s Church, North Cray

 
 

Saturday, October 2nd. – 10.00a.m. to 3.00p.m. workshop for Junior Choir and Year 7 of BYV at Elm Road Church Hall. Leader: Tessa Fineman, who has hold similar events for us in the past.  Concert for families at 2.40p.m.

 
 

Wednesday, October 13th. – informal concert for families and friends, instead of a rehearsal.

 
 

Wednesday, December 8th. – concert at Penge Congregational Church

 

 

 

Coffee concert at St. George's Beckenham

A morning concert on Saturday the 16th March in a rainswept Beckenham!

The conditions outside were awful but Beckenham Junior Choir were a ray of sunshine inside the church at St.George's....

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"Well done to the Junior Choir for their lovely singing this morning!  You
gave a great concert at St. George's, Beckenham.  I certainly think so
(although I am biased), but lots of others told me so, too!

We had music by Benjamin Britten and by his musical editor and local boy
from Beckenham Carey Blyton, whose music we like to feature regularly.  Four
of Carey's poems were also recited, showing his typically mad sense of
humour, which goes down so well with young people (of all ages!).

Thanks to everyone who took part, singers (including some very capable
soloists), instrumentalists on guitar (Mark) and piano, Stuart Kale for
preparing the soloists to the usual high standard.....and also Jo Clegg, our
compere.  

Of the pianists, thanks go to my good friend Nick Jones for accompanying
songs in place of Sophie, who has been ill this week.  The other pianists
were Elizabeth (who leaves us in May) and Megan and Anna  The last two are
members of our young Choirs, who have promising futures.

A final word of thanks to Peter Jones, our host at the Church, who always
manages to pay us for coming!  His encouragement is hugely appreciated and
we enjoy performing in this magnificent building."

John

Seaside Concert at Broadstairs!

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A terrific concert on the 6th July at Holty Trinity Church Broadstairs - and people were delighted with the exceptionally high standard of the music, solos
(some very challenging), songs for the Choirs and the instrumental music. 

It was also wonderful to have Chris on guitar again alongside the other players and we were made very welcome by Frances from the Church…

 

And what a lovely building for the sound of the music! 

 

 

There are again some wonderful photographs by Nick Charles, of the choirs in rehearsal and the concert performances and some of the church and beach too!

 

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Photographs of the concert
Photographs of the location

 

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Youth Voices informal concert

Saturday 13th March - Sweeney Todd at large in Penge!

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A performance of Carey Blyton's Sweeney Todd formed the centerpiece of Youth Voices informal Winter concert.

Narrated by Junior Chioir parent Jo Clegg, the suite of songs was performed with vigour and with some fine solos to tell the gruesome tale.... Ivan's ghoulish Mwaaahahaa! will be resonating around the rafters of the beautiful Holy Trinity church for many months! Sophie accompanied the choir on an unfamiliar keyboard with great skill and confidence.

A beautiful instrumental flute solo of Elgar's Chanson de Matin was performed by Miriam. There followed some fantastic solo singing of musical show favourites by Emily, Hannah and Megan with Robyn singing the moving My Immortal by Ben Moody.

Ben - our Ben that is! was joined by Miriam on flute and Mark on guitar, and sang the Last Rose of Summer very tenderly and with feeling. The audience appreciated the musicality of the entire evening and, this more intimate concert showed off the talents of Youth Voices singers, in a wonderful space and setting. The warm welcome from Revd. Nick Read and all at Holy Trinity means it is a privilege to be able to sing here. Thanks to all who helped prepare and run the evening.

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Our Summer Concert Sunday 9th June 2013

Singing in the Bandstand in Croydon Road Rec.

Overcast skies didn't put off Beckenham Junior Choir and Youth Voices giving a great Summer performance on Sunday.
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A lovely audience enjoyed a mixed programe of songs and solos and there are some photographs by Nick Charles to enjoy here.

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From John:

"Well done in the Park this afternoon! Last time (2011) it rained and rained. This time it was cloudy and cool, but the rain stayed off until later! And what a great audience!

You sang very well and there was a good mix of songs from the two Choirs, including some wonderful solos.
 
Thank you to all the singers, including the parents and friends who joined in “Lead me, Lord”. It was lovely to welcome several new Junior Choir members to their concert; they had joined us at the “taster session” just before half term. I was impressed that Youth Voices had a 100% attendance today!
 
Thank you to the pianists, who kept it all ticking along. Thanks so much to Ben and the sound team for their early arrival to prepare and to all those who cleared up after we finished.
 
We can now relax and look forward to the Broadstairs concert on July 6th. now, just under four weeks away."
John .
 
 

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Evensong at Southwark Cathedral

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A number of Youth Voices joined a 120-strong choir singing evensong under the direction of John Webber as "Amici Cantates" on the 2nd Feb at Southwark Cathedral. A recording was made of the occasion and a fantastic set of
photographs by Nick Charles is online for all to see here
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