Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Choral Society

RBCS is a friendly non-audition mixed-voice amateur community choir based in Rotherhithe, Southwark, south-east London.

Our aim is to practise and perform good music to suit a variety of tastes, and have a good time in the process.

We rehearse from 8.00 to 9.45 pm every Tuesday during term-time at the Time & Talents community centre, St Marychurch Street, Rotherhithe, SE16 4JE.

Summer term 2016 runs from Tuesday 12 April to Tuesday 12 July.
NB. We’ll be taking a half-term break on Tuesday 31 May.

For our Summer concert, on Saturday 16 July 2016,  we will be performing Michael Tippett’s
Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time plus music to celebrate William Shakespeare and local hero Ada Salter. Download a flyer here.

Additional members are always welcome for all voice parts. If you enjoy singing and are interested in joining us, please contact us, or just come along to our next rehearsal. Please see our Join us page for more details of membership.




Come-and-sing workshop: choruses from Handel’s Messiah
‘Instant choir’ workshop, Saturday 13th February 2016, 2.30–5.30pm,

St Mary’s Church, Rotherhithe – St Marychurch Street, SE16 4JE.
Download a flyer with full details here.
Part of the SEE16 Arts Festival 2016 – a community arts festival organised by I live in SE16

Spring concert: Handel’s Messiah with orchestra and soloists
Saturday 19th March 2016, 7pm,
St James’s Church, Bermondsey – Thurland Road, SE16 4AA.


RBCS musical director, Sue Heath-Downey, was interviewed by IliveinSE16 website about  the choir and how it got started. Read all about it!


Funday1_cropOn Saturday 19th September 2015, members of RBCS sang at Cherry Garden TRA Fun Day, to celebrate the refurbishment of the TRA Hall.

The organisers said, ‘A great big thanks to you and all your singers for your brilliant contribution to our Fun Day. It was such a lovely finale!Funday2_crop


Thank you, Cherry Gardens TRA, for inviting us! We thoroughly enjoyed it.



RBCS and friends sing Verdi’s
Requiem at St James’s, Bermondsey, 5th April 2014
Photography by Thea Downey


Singing in Brunel’s Thames Tunnel, May 2013


We are proud and honoured to have won a Southwark Civic Award for our community activities.


Please click on the image to see a full-scale version.