Royal Greenwich and Blackheath Halls Youth Choir

Royal Greenwich and Blackheath Halls Youth Choir

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

About Us

Blackheath Halls is privileged to run the Royal Greenwich and 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. 

Choir Team

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.

More Information

Contact Rose Ballantyne on 020 8305 3890 or [email protected]


We may not be opening our doors just yet...but that doesn't mean we can't entertain you!

We bring to you a variety of fun events and projects to enjoy from home during August & September supported by City Bridge Trust. From Singalong and Coffee sessions, composition and opera projects and even variety evenings hosted by our opera patron, there is plenty going on and if you can't come into Blackheath Halls, we can join you in your home instead.

Further details of all events here 

Please Support Us

A huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far. If you are in a position to help you can text 10BLACKHEATH to 70085 and donate £10 or visit the Donate Now page of our website.

We recognise that everyone has different circumstances, and this is a difficult time for many individuals and organisations, but if you are in a position to help we would be enormously grateful. 

We will also be able to claim Gift Aid on any donations made in this way (if appropriate).

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