Rotherhithe Bermondsey Choral Society – Make Music Day Free Choir Concert

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21st June 2017 @ 19:00 – 21:00 Europe/London Timezone
St Peter and the Guardian Angels Church
72 Paradise St
London SE16 4QD

Rotherhithe Bermondsey Choral Society

Make Music Day -RBCS Free Choir Concert

Rotherhithe Bermondsey Choral Society is celebrating Make Music Day  with a Free Choir Concert in Rotherhithe and everyone is welcomed.

Come and Sing workshop with selection from Carmina Burana, part of the rehearsals for the Rotherhithe Bermondsey Choral Society summer concert on Saturday 8 July. The choir will invite the audience to join to sing the exciting songs from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. A voice and rhythm workout to welcome the summer solstice. Music sheets will be provided.

Rehearsal starts 19:00 with the performance to friends and family at 20:40. Both events will be held at St Peter and The Guardian Angels Church in Paradise Street within walking distance of Bermondsey underground station and Rotherhithe overground.

Admission is free. Please, support the work of this community choir with your donations.

A group of singers of the Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Choral Society

A group of singers of the Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Choral Society

Rotherhithe Bermondsey Choral Society

Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Choral Society was launched in November 1998 by distinguished local musician Sue Heath-Downey with the support of Time & Talents. Nearly two decades later, they are still going from strength to strength, and pushing the boundaries of what a community choir can do.

A friendly, supportive group of singers of all abilities and experience, from many different backgrounds in the Rotherhithe and Bermondsey community.  The choir currently has around 40 active members. There are no auditions. You don’t have to be able to sight-read to join. All that matters is that you enjoy singing, can commit to the rehearsal schedule, and can sing in tune.

Their repertoire includes well-loved choral classics both sacred and secular, as well as more modern and rarely performed works, madrigals and partsongs, songs from the shows, rounds and folk song arrangements or even perform music specially written for them.

RBSC generally work towards three main public performances each year, often with orchestral accompaniment and they also sing at local festivals and community events. Over the past few years,  they have performed Vivaldi’s Gloria, Robert Chilcott’s Making of the Drum, excerpts from the Brecht/Weill Threepenny Opera, sequences of Christmas music by Schütz, Charpentier and Britten, Karl Jenkins’ moving and accessible Armed Manmass, Carl Orff’s lively, energetic Carmina Burana, and the UK première of the Percussion Mass by contemporary Australian composer Paul Sarcich, to mention just a few.

Their Summer concert 2011 focused on the music of local South London composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875–1912), and the Summer concert 2013 included items from our ongoing project, ‘A History of Bermondsey and Rotherhithe in Song’.


RBSC rehearse every Tuesday in term-time from 8.00 to 9.45 pm at Time & Talents, The Old Mortuary, St Marychurch Street, Rotherhithe, SE16 4JE. If you are interested in joining them or would like to find out more, please contact us– or come along to a rehearsal and see for yourself.

RBCS is keen to accommodate all singers, musicians and audience members comfortably wherever possible. Their main rehearsal and performance venues are accessible. Concessionary rates are available for member subscriptions and concert tickets. Choir information can be made available in large print on request. Practice CDs can be made available on request for those who cannot read music. If you have special requirements please contact RBSC Diversity Lead, Dave Morrison.  @rbcschoir  rbcschoir

What is Make Music Day UK?

Make Music Day UK is an annual UK wide, free day of music held in public spaces, from squares to libraries, bandstands to school halls and arts centres, held on the summer solstice, 21 June. This is the UK’s contribution to the international summer solstice music celebration which first started in France in 1982 and now takes place in over 120 countries and 750 cities across the world. Make Music Day UK aims to turn the country into a stage, and offer a full spectrum of performers the opportunity to display their musical skills.

In 2017 our celebration takes place on a Wednesday. A host of different venues will be looking for musicians of all ages, kinds and musical genres to fill their locations with music.

Make Music Day UK is: performed by anyone, enjoyed by everyone.

  • A way for everybody in the UK to celebrate the summer solstice, enjoying the longest day of the year, while sampling a range of the fantastic music-making which goes on all year round.
  • A DIY celebration of music when almost any way to make music can and will happen.
  • A chance for anyone to have a go at singing or trying an instrument, and finding out how they, too, can become musicians.
  • Make Music Day UK is open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.

Who is Make Music Day UK?

Make Music Day UK is currently supported by an alliance of over twenty organisations, headed by Making Music, Music for All and media partner Classic FM with support from Arts Council England, the Musicians’ Union, Music Sales and the NAMM Foundation. Make Music Day UK is part of the international Make Music Alliance.

How do you get involved?

If you are a musician, band, music group, venue, school, individual, there is a role for you. Check out details of how to get involved here and register your interest.

For further information, please email


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