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.
Rehearsal time: 8.00–9.45 pm every Tuesday during term-time.
Autumn term runs from Tuesday 19 September to Tuesday 12 December 2023.
New 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 the next rehearsal. See our Join us page for more details of membership.
Autumn term 2023 (19 September – 12 December; concert 16 December, 5.30pm)
Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mid-Winter by Bob Chilcott, and a selection of carols and Christmas
music old and new for our Winter Concert on Saturday 16 December 2023, 5.30pm,
at Mary’s Church, Rotherhithe.
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Seasonal music with a difference – including Gustav Holst’s Christmas Day (choral fantasy on old carols) and Alexander L’Estrange’s folk-inspired Wassail! – for our Winter Concert on 17 December 2022 at St Mary’s Church, Rotherhithe.
After so many months of Zoom meetings, it has been a great relief to get back to in-person rehearsals. But as an intergenerational choir, we’re conscious that we still need to be especially careful to keep everybody safe. Choir members are encouraged to take extra precausions during the flu season.
CHRISTMAS PAST (AND CHRISTMAS FUTURE?) Here’s a (pre-Covid) video of RBCS singing carols under the tree in Trafalgar Square – courtesy of France 3 TV
We’re hoping to be back in Trafalgar Square this year!
SPRING CONCERT 2020 (CANCELLED) Requiems by Maurice Duruflé and John Rutter 4th April 2020
CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2019
Benjamin Britten, Ceremony of Carols 14th December 2019
Southwark Park 150 Year Anniversary 16th July 2019 Southwark Park
SPRING CONCERT 2019 Brahms, A German Requiem 13th April 2019 St James’ Church, Bermondsey SE16 4AA
CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2018 Alexander L’Estrange, Wassail! Carols of Comfort and Joy Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Messe de Minuit de Noël 15th December 2018 St Mary’s Church, Rotherhithe,
St Marychurch Street, SE16 4JE
SUMMER CONCERT 2018
Songs from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, and more 14th July 2018 St. Peter’s Church, Bermondsey,
Paradise Street, SE16 4QDSt James’s Church, Bermondsey –
Thurland Road, SE16 4AA.
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CAROL SINGING ROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE in Trafalgar Square
Thursday 21 December 2017, 7–8pm.
WINTER CONCERT 2017
Seasonal music including Francis Poulenc’s Christmas Motets
(Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël) Saturday 2 December 2017, 7pm, St Mary’s Church, Rotherhithe – St Marychurch Street, SE16 4JE.
ILLUMINATE ROTHERHITHE 2017 On 23 November, members of RBCS took part in the Mayflower Concert at St Mary’s Church – part of the inaugural Illuminate Rotherhithe festival.
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SUMMER CONCERT 2017 Carl Orff’s Carmina Buranaand music from mediaeval Europe
RBCS Community Choir directed by Sue Heath-Downey plus the wonderful Boutcher Primary School Choir with soloistsKirsty McLean (soprano) and Panos Ntourntoufis (tenor) accompanied by percussion and two pianos
Summer concert: Music to celebrate William Shakespeare (d. 1616) and local hero Ada Salter (b. 1856) Saturday 16 July 2016, 7.30pm, St Peter and the Guardian Angels Church, Paradise Street, Bermondsey, SE16 4QD (off King’s Stairs Gardens, near The Angel pub) Photography byBryn Bird