BCS Choirs and Courses.jpg

Choirs & Courses

CHOIR UPDATE: We look forward to resuming BCS choirs (Find your Voice, Sing Pop, Soul & Jazz, Sing for Pleasure and Chamber Choir) as soon as Government guidance suggests it is safe to do so. We closely monitor developments and future updates will be announced via email (to BCS members) and on this page.

SUMMER TERM UPDATE - APRIL 2021: 

 

This term we will be running a new and exciting online choral singing course that will bring the world of choral music to your living room. The series, A short journey through choral music: from Mozart to the modern day, will include a chance to pose musical questions, along with (optional) online socialising and singing.

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.

We're based at Mycenae House, Blackheath, London. Discover how to find us*

 

*Please note: we are currently running an online choral singing course 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.

Zoom details for our online rehearsals or sessions will be emailed once attendees have registered to join a choir or course.

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.

 

Information about our choirs

*Please note: we are currently running an online choral singing course via the video call app, Zoom. BCS choirs will return as soon as Government guidance suggests it is safe to do so.  

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

Course for all abilities, age 16+

Tuesday: 8.00-9.00pm

Duration: 9 weeks

Term start date: Watch this space for future announcements  

Course Leader: Joel Thomas

 

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. We have recently focused 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.

 

 

For further information please email: 

info@BlackheathCentreforSinging.com

Find Your Voice Choir - (Beginners)

Beginners Course

Monday: 8.00-9.00pm

Duration: 9 weeks

Term start date: Watch this space for future announcements 

Course Leader: Joel Thomas

 

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. We have recently worked on our vocal technique and learned some beautiful contemporary choral works including ‘O Radiant Dawn’ by James MacMillan and ‘Pater Noster’ by Pēteris Vasks amongst others.

 

 

For further information please email: 

info@BlackheathCentreforSinging.com

Sing For Pleasure Choir - (Intermediate)

Intermediate Level Course

Monday: 8:00-9:00pm

Duration: 9 weeks

Term start date: Watch this space for future announcements 

Course Leader: Joel Thomas

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. We have recently explored some beautiful contemporary choral works including ‘O Radiant Dawn’ by James MacMillan and ‘Pater Noster’ by Pēteris Vasks amongst others.

 

For further information please email: 

info@BlackheathCentreforSinging.com

Chamber Choir - (Advanced singers)

Advanced singers

Wednesday: 8.00-9:00pm

Duration: 9 weeks

Term start date: Watch this space for future announcements 

Course Leader: Joel Thomas

 

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. We have recently explored repertoire ranging from madrigals and folk songs to contemporary works, including choral music by Monteverdi, Pēteris Vasks, Eric Whitacre and Brahms.

 

 

For further information please email: 

info@BlackheathCentreforSinging.com