Christmas with the Blackheath Choir 2008

Christmas carols and more!

in rehearsal at St Pauls

Braving the cold and the traffic, members of both choirs and instrumentalists played
for a charity: the Deptford Churches Centre, in the magnificent St Paul's church Deptford.

Conducted by Patricia Williams, with the Blackheath choir numbering 60 or so adults,
a fine programme of carols and songs entertained and impressed.

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The Second Beckenham's Famous Concert 2008

About 200 people were in the audience, on Saturday 22nd November and all enjoyed the performances by the choir and the Crystal Palace band.beckenham's famous commemorative programme

 

 

Photographs of the concert
can be seen in the photo gallery here
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In our second concert to celebrate Beckenham's Famous, inspired by the research and support for all things Beckenham by Cliff Watkins, we performed our tributes to Johnnie Craddock, Elmer Cossey, Peter Ayerst, Rev Guy King, Sydney Wooderson, Sheila Hodgson, and Julie Andrews singing and playing music by David Bowie, Ewan MacColl, Beckenham Salon members Carey Blyton, Mollie Russell-Smith and Geoffry Russell-Smith.

We also sang songs of the home front - In July 1944 two V1’s devastated the area of central Beckenham now known as Beckenham Green another V1 severely damaged Christ Church killing 13 people in Lea, Fairfield and Burnhill Roads - our tribute to all those in Beckenham during the war.

There was a fine violin tribute to Hugh Bean by Luke Baxter. And some notable debuts by our younger choir members making this their first concert appearance.

 

A very fine Commemorative Programme was printed for sale as a souvenir of a memorable concert

 


 

The Choir visits Hither Green March 2009

On Saturday, March 14th 2009 we sang at St Swithun's, Hither Green

In concert at St Swithun's 14th March 2009
A packed church really enjoyed a varied program of songs from the choir. There were plenty of notable solos and a very strong orchestra accompanied favourites like "when the red red robin" and "forever blowing bubbles"  which we sang as our finale - with real bubbles too!

The second half featured the first part of "The Singing Game" which will be perfomed in full at our Summer concert. Vote in our opinion poll on this page to your left, if you were there.

For choir members some fine photographs taken by Choir parent Nick Charles, are in the Photo Galleries

 


Happy 15th Birthday October 2008 - an update...

Another commemoration for the choir's 15th Birthday.
During the Beckenham's famous concert John was presented with a magical bus and a large envelope....

Click to see what was inside, signed by all the choir members....

 

Earlier on the actual birthday date of the 15th October we celebrated with cakes all round and if we can't sing 'Happy birthday to you' - then no one can!

Happy 15th BirthdayThanks to Marie and Hari for the cakes and congratulations to John Webber for his tireless work over the years in developing the choirs.

Thanks also to the many helpers and participants along the way dating back to 1993.

Follow the "read more" button to see some photos...

Our 15th Birthday was celebrated in style with some fantastic cakes - here's to the next 15 years!
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Our 15th birthday in October 2008!

It's our 15th Birthday today 15th October 2008!

Today is our 15th Birthday of BJC and we are sure to celebrate the occasion, and once more all will be welcome!

 

Some photographs of our 15th Year celebrations.

Previous choir pianists and musicians

 

We have been frequently asked by young musicians if there is a chance to accompany the choir as an instrumentalist. We have a series of young soloists that we incorporate regularly all have accompanied the choir on many occasions, and both have performed solo recitals.

We have also invited musicians from friends and families of the choir to join us in our concerts. We try to include them at least once a year, to increase variety.

Over the years we have had the experience of James Olsen, Michael Segal, Louisa Abraham, Serena Aylward, Tim Segal, Rebecca Segal and Tom Chapman. All have gone on to great things in their own spheres of interest: James and Serena have read music at Cambridge and Tom started doing so at York in the autumn of 2007.

 All our teenage pianists have said over the years that playing for BJC (and some for BYV) has been one of the things that they’ve loved most in their musical life - and that’s saying something, when you think of all their other opportunities at school an elsewhere. The attendance by each pianist has been close to 100% over the years, after all.

 


James Olsen

James Olsen was the first assistant director of the Junior Choir and was involved in conducting and accompanying the choir from 1995 until 1999.

In 2000 he wrote the libretto and music of a children's opera for the choir which they performed at Anerley Town Hall the same year. James subsequently read music at King's College, Cambridge, where he gained a double starred first.

After studying composition with Wolfgang Rihm in Karlsruhe, he undertook a Master's at King's College, London and a doctorate at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is now a professional composer, his works having been performed by, amongst others, the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He also teaches composition, music history and analysis at the University of Cambridge. You can keep in touch with James at http://jamesolsen.eu

 

 


 

Anna Porritt

Anna attends Jags in Dulwich where she plays the piano and oboe.

 

 


 

 

Megan White

Megan attends Jags in Dulwich where she plays the piano and violin.

 

  

  


 

Ben Davies

Ben attends St. Olave’s, Orpington where he plays the piano, guitar and trumpet.

 

 


 

 

Ivan Berdnikov

Ivan attends Harris City Acadamy in Crystal Palace where he plays the piano and guitar.

 

 


 

 

Niamh Gallagher ↑ back

Niamh attends Langley Park Girls school where she plays the piano, violin, viola and flute

 

 


 

 

Aisling Gallagher ↑ back

Aisling attends Langley Park Girls school where she plays the piano, saxophone and violin.

 

 


 

 

Sophie Kale ↑ back

Sophie studies music at Royal Holloway College - Universty of London. She played the piano, which she started when she was five, and the oboe when she was seven, and attained Grade 8 on both instruments whilst with the choirs.  She was been an active member of the Junior Choir since 2005, and when she started with Youth Voices in 2007, she became one of the piano accompanists for the juniors. She regularly sang solos and duets and occasionally played the oboe when required in an orchestral piece.  Also she has had music theory lessons with John. 

 

 


 

Bonnie Callaghan ↑ back

Bonnie studies music at Goldsmiths and has continued her singing to a very high standard - she has sung professionally in "Albert Herring" in a production in Italy and continues to enjoy all aspects of music and performance.

 


 

Grace Callaghan ↑ back

 

Grace studies music at Royal Northern College of Music , Manchester and continues her love of all things flute and musical performance.

 


 

 

George Godsmark ↑ back

George joined the Beckenham Junior Choir in 2004, alongside his sisters Elizabeth and Laura. George has been playing for the choir since 2007. He is having piano lessons with John and also studying the Organ and completed his  grade 8. George attended Harris City Academy in Crystal Palace and  is a member of the South London Organist Society. George also attended Trinity on Saturdays. He has now sadly left the choir to go to York University to study Music.

 

Elizabeth Godsmark ↑ back

Elizabeth joined the Beckenham Junior Choir in 2004, alongside her brother George and sister Laura. When the opportunity to play the piano for the choir came up Elizabeth jumped at the chance and has been playing since 2009. She attended Cator Park School, and her favourite subjects are French, English and Art. Outside school she enjoys tennis, swimming and going to the cinema.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Charlie Warren ↑ back

Charlie joined to sing in the Beckenham Junior Choir in 2001 and left when he joined The London Oratory School, in which he is now a 6th former.

He was taught piano by John up to grade 8 and is working on his grade 8 organ, as well as playing the trumpet and singing in the London Oratory Schola.

He attended the 'Organ Scholar Experience' course in Cambridge in the summer of 2010, which was organised by the Royal College of Organists, and has become an organ scholar in September 2011. Charlie was an organ scholar at Oxford University, he is currenty Organ Scholar at St. Mary's Battersea and is studying for his Masters degree. 

 

  

 

Becky Warren ↑ back

Becky joined the Beckenham Junior Choir in 2001. John taught Becky piano up to grade 8, and she joined the choirs to play the piano in 2008. Becky studied at Southampton University, and music technology in Berlin and works in publishing.

 

 


 

 

Tom Chapman ↑ back

Tom originally joined Beckenham Junior Choir in 1995 and left in 1999. He then returned in 2002 as a guest pianist and accompanied us in our production of Dracula by Carey Blyton. He then later returned to our team as a regular accompanist, attending our weekly practices and playing at our concerts. Tom is also an accomplished Bassoonist and a singer of high standard. His sister, Emily has accompanied the choir as part of a musical ensemble, playing her Oboe on several occasions.

"John Webber has been a massive influence on my life. He taught me piano from a young age and introduced me to singing."
Tom achieved his Grade 8 piano in 2006, after 10 years of piano lessons with John Webber. He has now gone on to study music at York University.
“John is very good at giving opportunities. He’s amazing at building children’s confidence to perform in a friendly environment that they never thought was possible. John’s ability to organise has given children the chance to play and make music with other children of similar ages from many different schools.”
Tom believes that accompanying the choir greatly helped his piano playing as it introduced him to a wide variety of music and increased his knowledge of many different styles and techniques.

We have just heard from Tom who says “I have had a marvellous experience studying music at York University, learning about composing music and writing a number of pieces myself, including a full scale requiem.
Now that I have finished I’m going to New Zealand for a year to work in the music department of a school in Wanganui on the North Island.”

An update has been received from New Zealand! Tom says:

"To keep you up-to-date, I am doing very well in NZ! Working very hard teaching all these kiwi kids. Their work ethic is not like English students, a lot of the kids will finish school and then go back to the farm or to the army etc, and those that want to go to uni are only driven to get minimum grade required, after that they don't care. Teaching them is sometimes difficult therefore but its an interesting challenge. I have been teaching ukulele to the younger kids and doing some really gritty stuff with the cleverest ones in the top year, including Britten's War req, penderecki and Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem. About to get ripped into some of the Brahms Req also. They are far more fun to teach than the rest!  Although my main job is with the choir, i have been conducting the school chapel choir, who are ok. It takes them a long time to pick anything up and their sight reading skills are pretty bad, no surprises i suppose. the majority can't read music! But none the less there are some keen kids in there.  Starting a smaller chamber group soon who will be tackling some more interesting repetoire which is exciting. 
 
I will soon be packing my bags and flying off to the south island in their spring holiday, apparently thats the best time to go as the scenary is just beautiful.  We are getting a train across the island to see some of the glaciers etc. then hiring a car and i am driving round the bottom and back round.  All totalling up about 2wks of travel.  I can't wait for that, will be nice to get out of the school for a bit, as much as i like it, it's easy to get stuck in the bubble! Hoping to go to Australia in the summer but currently thats all in the planning."

 

 

 


 

 

 

Rebecca Segal

John taught Becky piano up to grade 8, and Becky played the violin up to grade 7. Becky has a great personality and was much loved by us all for her fun and enthusiasm.
"I was in the choir from about 1995 til 1999. I played solo for concerts on violin and for group instrumentals and then I joined the choir accompanying in 2003 'til 2006 when I went to university in York.
It was great to be in the choir while my brother Mike was there as accompanist. My mum always remembers one of Mikes first concerts, he accompanied my first solo of "Leaning on a Lamp-post".
It was a great experience to combine my love of music with working with the children. John offers such brilliant opportunities and its such good fun with a great mix of different types of music".”

 

 

 

Tim Segal

Tim (the middle member of the family and John Webber's godson) offered to play for us for a few weeks when we were without a regular pianist, between Serena and Tom / Becky.

 

 


 

 

Serena Aylward

"I began singing with Beckenham Junior Choir when John set it up, in 1993. I thoroughly enjoyed my three years as a chorister, learning to sing a wide variety of music and performing in the termly concerts. After I left the choir, I continued singing at secondary school, and also continued my piano lessons with John, both of which led to my re-involvement as an Assistant Director, from 1999 to 2003. This valuable experience of teaching, conducting and accompanying played a large part in my musical education, which eventually led to my reading Music at Cambridge University, and on into my present vocation as a singer, conductor and singing teacher.
I truly believe that the great fun I had as a young chorister helped to foster my life-long love of music, and for that reason I will always have fond memories of my time with Beckenham Junior Choir.” 

 


 

 

 

Louisa Abraham

"I started helping out with the choir in 1998 as a pianist, along with Michael Segal, and remained with them until I finished school in 2001. During this time I was fortunate enough to be a part of many concerts in a number of different venues, including Southwark Cathedral (where we did Evensong), St George's in Beckenham, Beckenham Baptist Church and Beckenham Public Hall. The main works performed included Jonah-Man Jazz, Sweeney Todd and The Golden Touch (by James Olsen, former assistant director of the choir).

I greatly enjoyed my time with Beckenham Junior Choir and am pleased to see that they have gone from strength to strength since I left them 7 years ago."

 

 


 

 

Michael Segal

Mike was a wonderful person to have around; enormous commitment and dedication. He made great strides in the time that he was with us. A highlight for him was playing a complicated 7-page piece by C V Stanford on Southwark Cathedral organ for the big Evensong with Amici Cantantes on Feb. 3rd, 2001.

"John taught me the piano and organ for over ten years in total and asked me at the end of 1998 if I would like to be involved in BJC. From 1999 to 2001 I accompanied the choir on the piano, taught songs, conducted and also played a few solos in concerts.
My main memories of the choir are how enthusiastic the children were, and how the main aim was that they would have fun through their music. I think the children in particular liked us allowing so many of them to do little solos, even the younger ones and the slightly less confident singers.
Personally I very much enjoyed my time with BJC and it was a great experience for me..”

 

 

 
 

The Nineties

1999

Sunday, January 3rd. - items sung at carol service at St. George’s Church, Bickley.


Sunday, February 21st. - Choral Evensong at St. George’s , Beckenham. Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by John Wood; anthem: "Examine me, O Lord," by William Boyce. Some Choir Mums augmented the children’s voices.


Saturday, May 8th. - concert at St. Andrew’s Church, Eastbourne. Main work: "Jonah-Man Jazz". Instrumental items from Serena Aylward and Marissa Evans (recorders) and Luke Aylward (saxophone).


Wednesday, June 30th. - concert at Beckenham Baptist Church, directed by James Olsen in his last official appearance as Assistant Director. Solo tenor: Dominic Greer.


Summer 1999. - the last founder member, Elizabeth Spicer, left the Choir as she moved on to her secondary school after six years with us!


From September 1999, Serena Aylward joined the team.


Wednesday, December 15th. - Christmas concert at Beckenham Baptist Church.

1998

From Spring 1998, Michael Segal and Louisa Abraham assisted in the running of the Choir.


Friday, May 8th. - concert at Beckenham Public Hall. Main work: Mister Punch," by Michael Hurd, starring Owen Grafham. Guest musicians; the Senior Wind Quintet of the Bromley Youth Music Trust.


Saturday, June 27th. - concert at Holy Trinity Church, Beckenham. Invited musicians; Stuart Kale (tenor) and Rowland Sillito (clarinet).


Saturday, July 4th. - concert at St. James’s Church, Elmers End. We invited Cannington Young people’s Orchestra from Somerset (director: Jackie Ayres) to share the programme with us.


Saturday, October 17th. - workshop at Balgowan Primary School, Beckenham, led by Tessa Fineman.


Wednesday, December 16th. - Christmas concert at Beckenham Baptist Church. Main item: "Dick Whittington," by Jan Holdstock. Organ music came from Revd. Kenneth Walker and the trumpet soloist was Ben Reeve.

1997

Saturday, March 1st. - concert at Beckenham Baptist Church. Main work: "Going West". Instrumentalist: Holly Hawks (flute).


Saturday, July 12th. - concert at Beckenham Baptist Church, in aid of their Romanian link Church in Bucharest. Main work: "Dracula," by Carey Blyton. Instrumentalists: Gemma Wearing (clarinet) and Serena Aylward (recorder).


Saturday, October 25th. - singing in Bromley Town Centre.


Saturday, November 29th. - concert at Beckenham Baptist Church. Main work: "Captain Coram’s Kids," by Michael Hurd. Instrumentalist: Martin Kingston (‘cello).


Wednesday, December 17th. - Christmas concert at Beckenham Baptist church. Main item: "Christmas Cards," by Barry Hart. Instrumental music included some organ solos from Ken Walker and Michael Segal.

1996

Saturday, March 23rd. - "Come to the Fair": concert at Beckenham Baptist Church. Main work: "Rooster Rag," by Michael Hurd. Soloists: Sam Dwinell (recorder) and Nicholas Bryant (treble singer).


Saturday, July 6th. - concert at Beckenham Baptist Church. Main work "Rooster Rag," by Michael Hurd. Instrumental musicians: Marissa Evans and Clare Moody (piano duet), Natalie Sooboodoo (trumpet) and John Webber (organ).


Saturday, November 2nd. - concert at Beckenham Baptist Church. Main work: "Jonah-Man Jazz," by Michael Hurd. Guest: Alysha Deionno (bassoon).


Sunday, November 10th. - performance of "Jonah-Man Jazz" at St. John’s Church, East Dulwich.


Wednesday, December 18th. - Christmas concert at Beckenham Baptist Church. Main work: "Christmas Cards," by Barry Hart, who was invited and attended. Instrumental items from Ken Walker and Serena Aylward (organ) and Julia Capon (oboe).

1995

Saturday, March 25th. - concert at Beckenham Baptist Church. Main item: "Adam in Eden," by Michael Hurd. Instrumentalists: Antonia Duffield and Rebecca Applewhite (saxophone and piano).


Summer Term 1995 - James Olsen became involved in helping to run the Choir.


Saturday, July 8th. - concert at Beckenham Baptist Church. Main item: "Mister Punch," by Michael Hurd. The children themselves were the instrumental soloists.


Friday and Saturday, October 6th. and 7th. - Community Day at Beckenham Baptist Church, at which the Choir had a stall.


Saturday, November 25th. - concert at Beckenham Baptist Church. Main work: "Sweeney Todd, the Barber," by Carey Blyton (who attended). Serena Aylward sang "The Water-Melon Seller" and "Twilight," by Aubrey Beswick. Instrumentalists: Sarah Humphrey (alto saxophone), Claire Bridge (flute) and Anna Dibsdall (piano).


Wednesday, December 20th. - Christmas concert at Beckenham Baptist Church. Instrumental music came from James Olsen (horn) and from two organists: Marissa Evans and Revd. Kenneth Walker.

1994


Saturday, March 12th. - concert at Beckenham Baptist Church. Items included "Going West," by Barry Hart and Terence-J Cooling. Soloists: Mary Smith (piano) and Lucy Steel (horn).


Saturday, June 18th. - concert at Beckenham Baptist Church. Included "Captain Coram’s Kids" and "Jonah-Man Jazz" by Michael Hurd, and "Going West" by Hart and Cooling. Soloist: Andrew Walker (clarinet).


The annual picnic at Croydon Road Recreation Ground in Beckenham began this summer, on the Wednesday following the summer concert.


Saturday, October 15th. - singing from 1.00p.m. at the Craft Fair at Beckenham Baptist Church.


Saturday, November 26th. - concert at Beckenham Baptist Chuch. Main item: "Captain Coram’s Kids," by Michael Hurd. Instrumentalists: recorder consort from Dartford Girls’ Grammar School and Anna Dibsdall (‘cello).

1993

First meeting. - Wednesday, October 13th.

First Concert. - Wednesday, December 15th. at Beckenham Baptist Church. Main item: "Jonah-Man Jazz," by Michael Hurd. Instrumental soloists: Michael Segal (organ) and Karen Adams (piano).

 

 

What we have sung

 

 

 

Our repertoire over the years is vast! We have listed a small selection of what the choir has sung.
If there are any not on the list that you would like to add then please email John.

Read more: What we have sung

The Noughties

The Noughties! into the new Millennium and the choir continues to go from strength to strength. This decade saw the formation of Beckenham Youth Voices for the older members of the choir who would normally have left in school year seven or eight

 

2009

Saturday, January 31st – many of the two Choirs sang with a large body of singers for Choral Evensong at Rochester Cathedral, under the name "Amici Cantantes".

 

Saturday, March 14th – concert at St Swithum’s Church, Hither Green Lane Lewisham.
The choir sang the first part of "The Singing Game" Solos from Simon Kale.

 

Saturday, June13th – concert at Emmanuel URC,  West Wickham, David O'Hanlon as a guest soloist.
With our own brass ensemble. The complete "Singing Game".

 

Saturday, July 4th - concert at Beckenham Baptist Church, Elm Road, with the Elm Road Church Choir

 

Saturday, October 10th – Mass at St. Edmunds Church, Village Way, followed by concert by year 6 and BYV

 

Saturday, November 28th – concert at St. David’s College, West Wickham

2008

Saturday, March 8th. – concert at Penge Congregational Church in their centenary year. With our own brass ensemble. Included "Sweeney Todd," by Carey Blyton.


Saturday, May 17th. – concert at St. Nicolas’ Church,. Brighton. Included "Sweeney Todd," by Carey Blyton and violin solos played by Luke Baxter.


Saturday, June 28th. – concert at Christ Church, Anerley. Included "Yanomamo," by Peter Rose.


Friday, August 22nd. – lunchtime recital at St. George’s, Beckenham by members of BJC and BYV.

 

Sunday October 12th. – "Rookstone", 1 Lawrie Park Gardens, Sydenham SE26. A concert for residents of Rookstone.

 

Saturday November 22nd. – 2nd Beckenham's Famous Concert. Christ Church, Beckenham, celebrating Beckenhams famous with the Crystal Palace Band.

 

Friday December 18th – concert at St Paul's Church Deptford. Conducted by Patricia Williams, with the Blackheath Choir numbering 60 or so adults, a fine programme of carols and songs entertained and impressed.

 

2007

Saturday, January 27th. – many of the two Choirs sang with a large body of singers for Choral Evensong at Rochester Cathedral, under the name "Amici Cantantes". Music included canticles in G by C V Stanford and the anthem "O thou, the central orb," by Charles Wood.


Saturday, March 17th. – concert at St. John’s, Eden Park, together with Beckenham Concert Band.


Saturday, May 19th. – concert at Beckenham Methodist Church in Bromley Road, with our instrumental ensemble. Programme shared with the Elm Singers.


Sunday, June 10th. – performance at St. Barnabas’ Church, Dulwich Village, SE21. Seventeen members of the two Choirs made up the Gallery Choir in Benjamin Britten’s "St. Nicolas".


Saturday, July 7th. – concert at St. John’s, East Dulwich, SE22. Members of St. John’s Church Choir joined us for a few items. This was Tom Chapman’s last concert as one of our pianists.


Saturday, October 13th. - concert at Beckenham Baptist Church with Beckenham Concert Band. This was the first concert with new regular pianists Charlie Warren, George Godsmark and Sophie
Kale.


Wednesday, December 5th. – concert at St. James’s Church, Elmers End, with our own string and woodwind ensemble. Included "Three Canadian Carols," by Carey Blyton (obbligato: Terry Heard)..

2006

Friday, March 31st. – concert at St. David’s College, West Wickham. Our own large instrumental ensemble accompanied some of the singing . BJC sang "Captain Coram’s Kids" and BYV (and a few of BJC) sang "Jonah-Man Jazz," both by Michal Hurd.


Saturday, May 13th. – concert at SS Peter and Paul, Newchurch, on Romney Marsh. Guest soloist: Luke Baxter, violin.


Saturday, July 8th. – concert at St. James’s, Elmers End. A joint event with the Crystal Palace Band. This was Becky Segal’s last concert as one of our pianists.


Friday, September 1st. – lunch-time recital at St. George’s, Beckenham. Members of BJC and BYV sang solos and all sang "Jonah-Man Jazz," by Michael Hurd.


Saturday, October 14th. – concert at St. Mary’s, Hayes Village, including our instrumental ensemble.


Wednesday, December 6th. – concert at Beckenham Baptist Church. Soloist: Catherine Tucker (oboe).


Friday, December 22nd. – some of the Choirs sang outside on Beckenham Green in a pre-Christmas outdoor fair, organised by Beckenham Town Centre management.

2005

Saturday, January 29th. – BJC and BYV joined other singers (about 130 in all) for Choral Evensong at Southwark Cathedral.


Saturday, March 5th. – BYV in Young People’s Concert at St. George’s, Beckenham. Included solos and items for all of BYV together.


Saturday, March 19th. – Workshop, run by Tessa Fineman, at Balgowan Primary School, Beckenham. Over thirty children attended.


Saturday, April 23rd. – concert by BJC and BYV at Penge Congregational Church. With piccolo music from Hari Waterfield.


Saturday, July 9th. – concert at St. George’s Hall, Albemarle Road, Beckenham. Included a production of "Jack and the Beanstalk," with words by Roald Dahl and music by Matthew White and Ana Sanderson. Our guests were 26 children from Weald Primary School, who both played and sang. Very hot - about 200 in the audience!


Saturday, October 1st. – Mass at St. Edmund’s, Beckenham, sung by BJC Yr.6 and BYV. Organist: Becky Warren, who is now one of our regular pianists, too.


Saturday, October 15th. – Concert at Goddard Road URC, Elmers End, with Julian Bell and Tomek Edwards, guest trumpeters.


Wednesday, November 2nd. – BYV members joined an augmented choir at St. John’s, East Dulwich for a liturgical performance of the Requiem, by Gabriel Faure.


Wednesday, December 7th. – concert at Beckenham Baptist Church. Guest instrumentalists: Catherine Tucker and Emily Chapman, oboes.

2004

Friday, March 26th. – concert at Anerley Town Hall. Main work: "The Singing Game," by Barry Hart. Guest soloist: Kay Whitehead (violin).


Saturday, May 8th. – concert at St. James’s Church, North Cray. Main work: "The Singing Game," by Barry Hart. Guest musicians: Crockenhill School Wind Band.


Saturday, July 3rd. – concert at Eastbourne Parish Church (St. Mary’s, Old Town). Main work: "Rooster Rag," by Michael Hurd. Instrumental contributions from Nathan Waterfield (saxophone), Tomek Edwards (trumpet) and Becky Segal (violin).


September 8th. – Beckenham Youth Voices (BYV) began today. It meets after the younger group and caters for girls and boys aged 11 to 14.


Saturday, October 2nd. – 45 minutes’ of singing at Crofton Halls, Orpington, where BJC and BYV were the guests of Bromley Talking Newspaper for the Blind.


Saturday, October 9th. – BYV and older members sang at the Evening Mass at St. Edmund’s, Beckenham. For this service, 320 people were present. Music included Taize chants, a responsorial psalm and a mass setting; three people sang solos and former member Rebecca
Warren provided organ music. Following the service, the combined Choirs gave a concert, in which "Rooster Rag" by
Michael Hurd was the main item and the guest soloist was Libby Coates (trumpet).


Friday, October 22nd. – the joint Choirs were featured in "Clubwatch" in the local paper, the Kent Messenger.


Saturday, December 4th. – BYV and older members of BJC were invitd to be guests of the Crystal Palace Band at their concert at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Sydenham. Included "Three Canadian Folk Songs," by Carey Blyton (with Terry Heard, clarinet).


Wednesday, December 8th. – concert at Beckenham Baptist Church, Elm Road. Guest flautist: Noami Lask. Included "Three Canadian Folk Songs," by Carey Blyton (with Terry Heard, clarinet).

2003

Saturday, February 8th. – Choral Evensong at Southwark Cathedral with many other singers.


Wednesday, February 19th. – a group of children sang to the residents of Isard House, Hayes


Saturday,April 5th. – concert at Elmers End Free Church. Main work: "The Enormous Turnip," by Jean Gracie (based on the Russian folk tale). Guest pianist: Tim Segal; guest soloist: Luke
Aylward (saxophone).


Saturday, July 5th. – concert at St. Mary’s, Shortlands. Main work: "Alexis, the Circus Boy," by Jan Holdstock. Guests: the orchestra of Hayes Primary School. Our regular pianists are now Tom Chapman and Rebecca Segal.


Saturday, October 11th. – concert at Bencurtis Park (retirement settlement) in West Wickham. Guest soloist: Jessica Rogers (flute).


Wednesday, December 10th. – Christmas music at Beckenham Baptist Church, including "Christmas Cards," by Barry Hart. Additional pianist: Judith Goddard; guest soloist Catherine Tucker (oboe).

2002

Saturday, February 16th. – contribution ("The Policeman’s Song" from "The Pirates of Penzance" ) at a Gilbert and Sullivan evening at Beckenham Methodist Church.


Saturday, March 2nd. – several items contributed to a Young People’s Concert at St. George’s Church, Beckenham.


Friday, March 15th. – Concert at Public Halls, Beckenham. Main work: "Yanomamo," about the rain forests, by Peter Rose. Guests: Crockenhill School Wind Band.


Saturday, May 11th. – Concert at St. Edmund’s Church, Southwold, on the Suffolk coast, including "Yanomamo".


Saturday, July 6th. – Concert at Beckenham Baptist Church jointly with the Elm Singers. Madrigals, folk and popular songs, spirituals, solos, duets and "Jonah-Man Jazz". We raised £331 for Demelza House Children’s Hospice.


Saturday, November 9th. – "Dracula," by Carey Blyton and other items in a Concert at St. George’s, Beckenham, celebrating famous local people. We were accompanied by the Crystal Palace Band. Guest pianist: Tom Chapman.


Wednesday, December 12th. – Christmas Concert at Beckenham Baptist Church. Guest soloist: Kay Whitehead (violin).

2001

Saturday, February 3rd. – joined an augmented choir, gathered and directed by John, for Choral Evensong at Southwark Cathedral, by London Bridge. Michael Segal contributed an organ piece; the sung items included music by S S Wesley and Herbert Murrill.


Saturday, April 7th. – concert at St. Paul’s Church, New Beckenham. Included "Jonah-Man Jazz". Our soloist was Timothy Walker (oboe).


Saturday, June 16th. – a second workshop with Tessa Fineman at Balgowan School.


Saturday, July 7th. – concert at St. George’s Hall, Albemarle Road, Beckenham. Main item: "Up the Beanstalk," with music by Peter Hutchings. This was the last concert with Michael Segal and Louisa Abraham as assistants before their "gap" year and university.


Sunday, October 28th. – Choral Evensong at St. George’s Church, Beckenham.


Wednesday, December 12th. – Christmas Concert at Beckenham Baptist Church. Included "Dick
Whittington," by Jan Holdstock. Guest soloist: Rebecca Segal (violin).

2000

Saturday, March 4th. - concert at Beckenham Methodist Church. Soloist: Helena Nicholls (violin and clarinet).


Friday, April 7th. - concert at Anerley Town Hall. Main work: "The Golden Touch," by James Olsen. Instrumental soloists: Bryony Mycroft and Celal Kazim.


Saturday, July 8th. - concert at St. John’s Church, Eden Park. Main work: "Sweeney Todd, the Barber," by Carey Blyton. Guest soloist: Lisa Matthews (soprano).


Wednesday, December 14th. - concert at Beckenham Baptist Church. Included "Christmas Cards" by Barry Hart. Guest soloist: Rosemary Beecher Bryant (viola).


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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.

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