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Blackheath Halls Youth Choir

ABOUT US

Blackheath Halls is privileged to run the  Blackheath Halls Youth Choir, a choir for 80 young people aged 8 to 18 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 boroughs.

Blackheath Halls is at the heart of national discussions to promote diversity in the 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 80 singers is split into senior and junior choirs and rehearses on Mondays during term time at Blackheath Halls. The choir 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.

Blackheath Halls Youth Choir is proud to be supported in 2021/22 by Arts Council England

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 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.

Online group performance of the Bill Wither’s classic Lean On Me

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.

With huge thanks to our family of youth choir supporters whose generosity makes running this choir possible.

Founding Patron: Matthew Rose
Patron: 
Nardus Williams

Ensemble supporters
Yvonne Horsfall Turner; Tim Newling; the Oliver family; Royal Greenwich Music Hub; Arts Council England

Duet supporters
AV Danzer Ltd; The Fischer Fund; Rachel Lethbridge; David Quarmby; Teresa Sumption; Barry Lock ; Susan and Roger Taylor

Solo supporters
Helene Alexander; Anne Burton; Glenn Hurstfield; Alison Palmer; Jonathan and Marjorie Ouvry

CHOIR TEAM

Music Director: Helen Brookes

MORE INFORMATION

Please email Kate Howden [email protected] for more information about the Blackheath Halls Youth Choir.