Spring concerts 2012

Junior Choir and Youth Voices Raise the Roof at Anerley Town Hall!

The Anerley Town Hall concert on Friday night, 23rd March, was very special.  We haven’t visited there as a Choir for many years and the stage gave us an extra dimension.

anerley-singingWell done to the various soloists.....and announcers.....and to the Choirs as a whole, plus pianists and other musicians, not to overlook the parents and friends behind the scenes.

The two Choirs are producing a lovely tone.  Both groups have some very special individual voices and we have been fortunate to have new members recently with talent.....and we shall use them again!  

It was wonderful to have the two instrumental groups from Trinity School.  They are very talented and added greatly to the occasion.

Congraulations to you all!


Please go here to see some photographs by Nick Charles
(enter your password to see the album - email John for your password if you don't remember it!)

Following the concert we have had some lovely compliments from the audience:

"My ears are still ringing and G. is still buzzing about the experience of singing on the stage. Also watching the other musicians especially the youth voices which we thought were brilliant.

I certainly didn't realise how much effort goes into conducting the choir, keeping  them in tune and singing the right words. The London Songs were my personal favourite." A. Glynn


"Just wanted to pass on my thanks and congratulations re the concert at Anerley last Friday.


As relative newcomers to the choir, it was amazing to see how much progress has been made in such a short space of time and the children are growing with every piece.

My sister and brother in law (both members of Eisteddfod winning choirs in their time!) were visiting from South Wales and were most impressed and thoroughly entertained. They particularly liked the London pieces and agreed that you got great value for a pound!  Such a great way of boosting confidence and self esteem. So too, with the opportunity for budding pianists to accompany the choir. Fantastic." H. Davies



Junior Choir at St George's Saturday Morning Coffee Concert

Beckenham Junior Choir performed on 3rd March at St George's Church, Beckenham, as part of its series of short Saturday morning Coffee Concerts.  It was a lovely occasion with a variety of songs, poems and also some excellent solos and was well supported by the local community.

It was wonderful to be invited to perform in the beautiful surroundings of St George's with the spring flowers in bloom in the churchyard - something we do not often get to see as most of our concerts are in the evening!

Some photographs by Nick Charles are online here to view - remember to enter your choir password to seethem - email John if you have forgotten yours!



Youth Voices Concert at Holy Trinity Church

Youth Voices gave a really good concert at Holy Trinity Church and everyone there was rightly proud of them!  Solos galore, a duet and a trio, plus the essential full Choir items, as well as music for flute and for organ.

Some photographs by Nick Charles are online here to view - remember to enter your choir password to seethem - email John if you have forgotten yours!


Well done everyone!



Our Autumn Concert in West Wickham

In Concert at Emmanuel Church 26th November

On Saturday 26th November, Beckenham Junior Choir and Youth Voices gave an immensely enjoyable concert, together with some 36 singers from Oak Lodge Primary School. A fantastic audience of about 250 family and friends were treated to a very rich and varied programme.


Following the concert, the Head of Music at Oak Lodge Primary School, Helen Griffiths, kindly thanked us calling the event "A superb evening of choral music.  I, the children and parents thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!  Congratulations from all at Oak Lodge to your accomplished choirs, soloists and accompanists.”

What a wonderful evening it was!”







Please read this lovely and positive review of our concert here:

Concert review

Photographs of the concert

Thanks once again to Nick Charles, there are some photographs online here, remember to enter your password to see them.

If you click the 'slideshow' link you see them all play automatically.There are 3 pages of photographs, of BJC and BYV only, in rehearsal and from the performance


Photographs of the concert here



Young Beckenham In Song 2


Beckenham Junior Choir and Beckenham Youth Voices are proud to present their second CD, featuring the best songs from Broadstairs, St. James Church North Cray, St. Edmunds Church Beckenham and the BYV concert at Elm Road Church Beckenham.


These live recordings are the first of hopefully many over the next few years. As the choir has its own PA equipment, and has been refining its use to get the best from the live recordings, the range of songs is impressive.


Share our music with the ones you love...

The CD with is variety of songs makes an idea present for Grandparents, family and friends who can not always make our concerts. If you would like one please print out and fill in the order form attached and return to John.

You can hear a sample here: {audio}BJCCD2.MP3{/audio}


As we only produce enough CDs to cover the orders please make sure you place your order NOW.


The CD includes the following songs

Broadstairs Methodist Church - 22 May 2010
Pack up Your troubles        
Dance to Your Daddy         
Take you home again Kathleen     
My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean    
Panis Angellicus    
Some Folks Like to Sigh             
Naci La Cumbre        
Swing Low Sweet Chariot    

St. James' North Cray - 3rd July 2010
Nymphs and Shepherds
Oliver Cromwell
Haunted House    
Christopher Wren
The Gas Man Cometh
Take Me Home Country Roads
Early One Morning
Water Come A Me Eye
Tinga Layo
Rivers of Babylon
Top of the World (BYV)

St Edmund’s Church, Beckenham - 17th January 2010
Scarlett Fever
Mums and Dads
Spread a Little Happiness

BYV Concert, Elm Road Church Beckenham - 13th October 2010
Wild Mountain Thyme    
Gruss (Mendelssohn)
Wouldn’t it be Lovely



Beckenham Junior Choir and Youth Voices first CD

You can read about The Choir's first CD here

Beckenham's Night of Honour

An award for John Webber

"I am very pleased to tell you that John was nominated for, and received, the award for:
Beckenham's Best Investor in Children for founding and leading Beckenham Junior Choir and Youth Voices.

It was presented to him on Sunday 6th November at the Beckenham Night of Honour's awards by Charles Griggs, the Borough Commander from the MET Police, in front of the Mayor of Bromley, various councillors and other local dignitaries.


Rosemary, Liz Spencer, Ben Maskell, Ben Spencer, Vasily and I went to give moral support to John and Maggie and we were delighted to see John win! Although John is not one for a lot of fuss, he truly deserves the award and I know you all join us in congratulating him."

Elizabeth Beroud BJC and BYV chair


A lively Workshop enjoyed by all!

DSC_0017_Sml_CropBeckenham Junior Choir and a few Youth Voices attended a splendid workshop involving movement, dancing, music-making, rhythym and singing in some foreign languages!
DSC_0004_Sml_CropAt Elm Road Church Hall on the 2nd October 2010.


You will need to enter your choir password to see them!



Youth Voices in concert October 12th

An informal Concert by Youth Voices

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


A lively start to the evening's proceedings was made with "I got Rhythm" and then the Newfoundland folksong "She's like the Swallow" featuring Grace accompanying Youth Voices on flute. Long-standing choir members Robyn and Tamsyn then treated us to wonderful solo pieces, "When daisies pied" and Tamsin's completely unaccompanied "Long-a-growing".


This concert was a chance to air new pieces that were started at the beginning of this term and "Jesu Joy of man's desiring and "To music" show how just how wide a range of music is enjoyed by our choirs.


Sophie filled the church with her solo rendition of "I don't know how to love him" and Bonnie captivated all who were there with the aria "Giunze alfin il momento deh vieni" from W A Mozart Le nozze di Figaro.

It was then time for a little girls vs. boys with "The man I love" followed by the boys singing "Red is the Rose" to an arrangement of the tune Loch Lomond by our guitarist-accompanist Mark Edwards.

The programme concluded with another visit to "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square", and some welcome refreshments - thanks to Rosemary and helpers - and a chance to chat. We hope to repeat this opportunity for Youth Voices to perform in an informal concert like this in the Spring and all are welcome to attend.

Youth Voices was started in 2004 as an extension the the Junior Choir for those in school years 7 and above, and new members are always welcome.


Photographs of the concert

Thanks once again to Nick Charles there are some photographs online here, remember to enter your password to see them. If you click the 'slideshow' link you see them all play automatically.


Photographs of the concert here



Concert at Rookstone Residential Home

3072The Beckenham Junior Choir performed for the residents at the Rookstone Residentiall Home in Sydenham on Sunday 10th October 2010.

You can view an album of photographs by Nick Charles here.

You will need to enter your choir password to see them!

The choir sang a wide selection of songs, which included a medley of 1940's classics, calypsos and the peaceful Panis Angelicus.  "Haunted House" a spoken verse, was also performed, and was very well received.  Well done everybody, including all the solo performers and our violin accompanist.



Well Done To Everyone For A Wonderful Christmas Concert!

Congratulations to all on the singing (and playing) on 8 December!

We had a really good concert at Penge Congregational Church, christmas_08_12_10_266with a great variety of styles and some fabulous solos, a terrific duet and some fine group singing.  It was lovely to have some people in their first ever concert, but also some more expert musicians, who have taken part in many performances with us. It was our first venture into four part music and well worth the effort.  Great to have the instruments, too.  Thanks to the parents and siblings who joined in.

If you still need your copies of the new CD, please let me know at the next rehearsal (£5 each).Christmas_08_12_10_258

There are some new Christmas Concert
photographs by Nick Charles here
on our Photobox site, where you can see them
and also order prints. Select the "Slideshow" option, they look wonderful!

Don't forget to enter your choir password to to see the pictures, on the first page you come to - email John if you need a password!

YOUTH VOICES ONLY:  Please remember the following rehearsals:

Sunday, January 9th. special rehearsal with many other singers (Elm Road, using main road entrance) 2.00 to 4.00p.m.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15th. 1.30p.m.rehearsal at ROCHESTER CATHEDRAL, and CHORAL EVENSONG 3.15p.m.  I have booked 40 places for a meal afterwards; let me know if you’d like places.  A recording will be available; agaain, please order now.

This will be a very special occasion and over a hundred singers will be involved.  Two members of BYV will be singing a solo at the Cathedral.  Choir uniform to be worn, please.



Youth Voices Concert at Elm Road Church

Well done to Youth Voices on Wednesday 13 October!  A great concert, with 17 singers.  It was a very enjoyable evening, and the singers enjoyed pizza and drinks afterwards! 




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