Blackheath Halls is privileged to run the Blackheath Halls Youth Choir, a choir for 70 young people aged 8 to 18 with a gift for music from across our local area. The choir perform at Blackheath Halls, local venues and other prestigious venues such as the South Bank Centre. The choir have previously teamed up with English Touring Opera and the London Philharmonic Orchestra for performances.
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. We provide further musical opportunities outside of choir sessions; recently choir members enjoyed workshops about songwriting and musical theatre.
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 is split into Junior (Years 3-6) and Senior (Years 7+) choirs and rehearses on Monday afternoons during term time at Blackheath Halls.
Blackheath Halls Youth Choir is proud to be supported in 2021/22 by Arts Council England and private donors.
Music Director: Helen Brookes
Choir leaders: Helen Brookes and Jessica Norton
Pianists: Oliver Payne
Lewisham Borough Of Culture
Our senior choir performed A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman as part of the launch day for Lewisham Borough of Culture 2022. They also worked hard to learn all of the lyrics in British Sign Language, which was especially fitting as on the day of their performance, the government backed a bill to make BSL a legally recognised language.
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.