Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Choral Society Community Choir Summer Concert 2019


Rotherhtihe and Bermondsey Choral Society Community Choir presents their Summer Concert 2019 featuring Vaughan WIlliams’ Five English Folksongs with Folksongs from Poland and Sacred Music from around Europe

Conductor and musical director: Sue Heath-Downey

Admission free, donations welcome

Time and location

Saturday 13th July / 7.30pm

Church of St Peter and The Guardian Angels, Paradise Street, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4QD

Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Choral Society Community Choir Summer Concert 2019

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.

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