Choir activity 2020/21
Lockdown has been a challenge for all areas of the arts but we were very lucky to have created some very special performances with our Youth Choir.
Original Songs Without Hope We Would Be Lost and Am I Really Me? written by members of the choir for Lewisham Live 2021 and inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Online group performance of the Bill Wither’s classic Lean On Me
With huge thanks to our family of youth choir supporters whose generosity makes running this choir possible.
Yvonne Horsfall Turner; Tim Newling; the Oliver family; Royal Greenwich Music Hub; Arts Council England
AV Danzer Ltd; The Fischer Fund; Rachel Lethbridge; David Quarmby; Teresa Sumption; Barry Lock ; Susan and Roger Taylor
Helene Alexander; Anne Burton; Glenn Hurstfield; Alison Palmer; Jonathan and Marjorie Ouvry
Blackheath Halls is privileged to run the Blackheath Halls Youth Choir, a classical choir for 60 young people aged 8 to 14 with a gift for music from across our local area.
We strongly believe that continued, in-depth access to high level music making has a huge and lasting impact on young people’s lives and will make a real and long-lasting difference to them as they grow older.
We also believe that all talented young musicians, regardless of their circumstances, should be able to have access to this group free of charge in order to really celebrate the diversity of our local borough.
Blackheath Halls is at the heart of national discussions to promote diversity in the classical music world through the National Opera Studio’s initiative, Diverse Voices. We have already seen young people from our choir gain access to prestigious opportunities as a result of being choir members. Most notably, 8 choir members have been taken on by the Royal Opera House Youth Company, 1 member is now a member of the English National Opera Youth Company and another member is now studying voice at Junior Trinity.
The group of 60 singers is split into senior and junior choirs and rehearses weekly in term time. The choir is a flagship for Royal Greenwich and has performed at a huge variety of venues including The South Bank Centre as well as teaming up with English Touring Opera and the London Philharmonic Orchestra for performances.
With support of Arts Council England, in March 2019 we delivered choir recruitment workshops in specifically selected hard-to-reach schools.
Christmas Concert Performance
Watch the choir performing an extract from Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, which they performed at the Blackheath Halls Christmas Concert in 2019.
Choir Manager: Caroline Foulkes
Choir leaders: Helen Brookes and Tom Floyd
VACANCIES FOR OLDER BOYS WITH CHANGING VOICES
We are always looking to grow our choir and we would like to build a male voice section consisting of older boys with changing voices. If you have a son who enjoys singing and would be interested, please contact us via the details below.
Contact Rose Ballantyne on 020 8305 3890 or [email protected]