Choirs & Courses

Autumn 2020 Choirs & Courses Update

We are running our choirs online during autumn term via the video call app, Zoom. Sign up now to join a friendly virtual choir featuring professional guest conductors alongside BCS director and founder, Joel Thomas

Our single, flat rate autumn term membership fee (£70) for each of our choirs allows members to:

 

  • Shift flexibly between choirs and tune in to more than one session per week

  • Join any of our guest conductor sessions

  • Attend our popular end of term online quiz / social event

Information about each choir, dates, timings and online payment facility can be found here.

Why should I join a BCS choir?

 

Singing in a choir has been widely reported to promote happiness and well-being through social interaction and a sense of being part of a community. Research suggests music making improves breathing, posture and muscle tension and may even help sustain a healthy immune system by reducing the stress hormone cortisol.

 

Our non-auditioned choirs are open to all with a shared love of singing! BCS members are at the heart of our friendly, inclusive community and have made it the success it is today. New members have often commented on how welcoming our choirs are and appreciate the opportunity to join social catch-ups after rehearsals each week.

 

As well as regular performances each term, we hold social events – such as our popular quiz nights – and UK and international residential singing weekends and come and sing workshops.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to the BCS community and singing in our friendly choirs.

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*Please note: we are currently running virtual choirs via the video call app, Zoom 

 

Which choir should I join?

 

Those wishing to explore singing for the first time will find our Finding Your Voice and Singing for Pleasure choirs ideal. The ability to read music is not necessary for these groups.

 

More experienced singers will find plenty of challenges in our Chamber Choir, which present formal concerts at high profile venues.

 

All abilities are welcome in our Sing Pop, Soul and Jazz course, led each week by BCS Director Joel Thomas, with guest workshops from vocal coach and Jazz specialist Jo Marshall.

 

Individual tuition is also available for those seeking one-to-one lessons.

 

 

 

 

How do I become a choir member?

 

Further information about our choirs, including dates and times can be found below. Here, you will also find online payment to join a choir.

Autumn 2020 update: Zoom details for our online rehearsals will be emailed once attendees have registered to join a choir.

Free Taster Session

Newcomers are welcome to try a free 'taster session' in any of our choirs. To do so, simply come along to one of our weekly rehearsals (ideally early in the term) and sing with us. You can then sign up for the term should you wish.

Choir & Course Details

 

Sing Pop, Soul and Jazz - All Abilities (16+)

Course for all abilities, age 16+

Tuesday: 8.00-9.00pm

Duration: 9 weeks

Autumn term start date: 6th October 2020   

Course Leader: Joel Thomas

This course is being temporarily run online via the Zoom video app. Links to access rehearsals and sheet music will be sent once you have signed up to the course.

 

This choir explores pop, soul music, gospel and jazz repertoire and has explored the music of Amy Winehouse, Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Sinatra, and Pharrell Willams, amongst others. This term we’ll focus on a number of traditional songs and spirituals along with Elton John’s iconic ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ (from The Lion King) amongst others.

 

Our autumn term will conclude with an entertaining virtual quiz with our other BCS choirs.

 

For further information please email: 

info@BlackheathCentreforSinging.com

Find Your Voice Choir - (Beginners)

Beginners Course

Monday: 8.00-9.00pm

Duration: 9 weeks

Autumn term start date: 5th October 2020

Course Leader: Joel Thomas

 

This course is being temporarily run online via the Zoom video app. Links to access rehearsals and sheet music will be sent once you have signed up to the course.

 

Our ‘Find Your Voice’ choir is ideal for anyone that is new to singing. The ability to read music is not necessary in this group which rehearses in a relaxed environment at a steady pace. This term we’ll join our ‘Sing for Pleasure’ Choir to work on our vocal technique and learn some beautiful contemporary choral works including ‘O Radiant Dawn’ by James MacMillan and ‘Pater Noster’ by Pēteris Vasks amongst others.

 

Membership to ‘Find Your Voice’ choir gives you free access to a number of online vocal workshops held throughout this term on Wednesday evenings.

 

Our autumn term will conclude with an entertaining virtual quiz with our other BCS choirs.

 

For further information please email: 

info@BlackheathCentreforSinging.com

Sing For Pleasure Choir - (Intermediate)

Intermediate Level Course

Monday: 8:00-9:00pm

Duration: 9 weeks

Autumn term start date: 5th October 2020

Course Leader: Joel Thomas

This course is being temporarily run online via the Zoom video app. Links to access rehearsals and sheet music will be sent once you have signed up to the course.

Our ‘Sing for Pleasure’ Choir suits singers with some choral experience. The ability to sight read is not necessary in this group, although a basic understanding of musical notation is helpful. This term we’ll learn some beautiful contemporary choral works including ‘O Radiant Dawn’ by James MacMillan and ‘Pater Noster’ by Pēteris Vasks amongst others.

 

Membership to our ‘Sing for Pleasure’ choir gives you free access to a number of online vocal workshops held throughout this term on Wednesday evenings.

 

Our autumn term will conclude with an entertaining virtual quiz with our other BCS choirs.

 

For further information please email: 

info@BlackheathCentreforSinging.com

Chamber Choir - (Advanced singers)

Advanced singers

Wednesday: 8.00-9:00pm

Duration: 9 weeks

Autumn term start date: 7th October 2020

Course Leader: Joel Thomas

This course is being temporarily run online via the Zoom video app. Links to access rehearsals and sheet music will be sent once you have signed up to the course.

 

Our ‘Chamber Choir’ explores a wide of repertoire from early music to contemporary masterpieces. This term we’ll work with a number of experienced guest conductors to develop our range of vocal skills to take our music-making to the next level. Our repertoire this term ranges from madrigals and folk songs to contemporary works and features choral music by Monteverdi, Pēteris Vasks, Eric Whitacre and Brahms.

 

Our autumn term will conclude with an entertaining virtual quiz with our other BCS choirs.

 

For further information please email: 

info@BlackheathCentreforSinging.com

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