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Spring Term 2022

Join us this spring as we resume rehearsals at Mycenae House, Blackheath, London, SE3 7SE.

Our choirs will begin week commencing the 17th January 2022. Further details, including payment information can be found here.

Covid-19 safety measures

 

We ask choir members to follow Mycenae House Covid-19 safety measures to help protect each other and staff. This includes, using the available QR code to ‘check in’ via the NHS app (if you have this facility on your phone), continuing to wear masks in public spaces within the building, to sanitise/wash hands on arrival, to keep distance from other members of the public where possible within the building.

 

BCS will be implementing additional measures to make our rehearsals a safe place where everyone feels comfortable to return to singing. We ask choir members to follow the guidance below:

 

  • If you are feeling unwell, are displaying any Covid-19 symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate, please do not attend choir rehearsals
     

  • We kindly ask choir members to take a lateral flow test no more than 72 hours before each rehearsal. However, this is not compulsory

 

  • Rehearsals will be socially distanced where possible and windows will be kept open, so please ensure you are suitably dressed for cool weather! 

 

  • On arrival you will be allocated a seat. Please remain in your seat area at all times (except if using the toilet) and remember to keep a safe distance from other choir members when entering and exiting rehearsal rooms

 

  • Choir members are welcome to wear a mask when singing if they wish and hand sanitiser will be available for use in rehearsal rooms
     

  • If you have attended a choir rehearsal and later develop symptoms or receive a positive test result, please inform Mycenae House as soon as possible on 020 8858 1749
     

All choir members are asked to comply with the above guidance of Mycenae House and BCS and are responsible for their own health and safety before, during and after each rehearsal.

 

Covid-19 safety measures will be reassessed at intervals during the term and in accordance with government guidance. 

 
 

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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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.

 

Join a BCS choir

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Find your voice

Beginners

Day/Time: Monday, 7pm-8pm

Duration: 11 weeks

Start date: 17 January 2022

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.

Please use the payment button below to register your place in this choir.

 

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Sing for pleasure

Intermediate

Day/Time: Monday, 8:15-9:45pm

Duration: 11 weeks

Start date: 17 January 2022

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.

Sing for Pleasure choir members will perform in the BCS Easter concert on Saturday 9 April 2022.

Please use the payment button below to register your place in this choir.

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Chamber Choir

Advanced

Day/Time: Wednesday, 8pm-9:30pm

Duration: 11 weeks

Start date: 19 January 2022

Course Leader: Joel Thomas

Our ‘Chamber Choir’ explores a wide of repertoire from early music to contemporary masterpieces. In previous terms we have worked 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 covered repertoire ranging from madrigals and folk songs to contemporary works, including choral music by Monteverdi, Pēteris Vasks, Eric Whitacre and Brahms.

Chamber Choir members will perform in the BCS Easter concert on Saturday 9 April 2022.

Please use the payment button below to register your place in this choir.

Which choir should I join?

 

If you are unsure which BCS choir you should join, please contact info@blackheathcentreforsinging.com

Free taster session

Newcomers are welcome to try a free 'taster session' in any of our choirs. To do so, simply contact us at info@blackheathcentreforsinging.com and we will arrange for you to join a BCS choir. 

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Term dates

Discover the term dates for BCS choirs 

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Upcoming events

Here you will find the latest information about Blackheath Centre for Singing upcoming events and activities.