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. Spring term begins on 18 January 2022.
After many months of Zoom meetings, we’re delighted to be rehearsing in person again. As an intergenerational choir, we’re conscious that we need to be extra careful about social distancing and mask wearing. All choir members wear masks when entering or moving around the rehearsal space, and many of us choose to keep our masks on throughout the rehearsal.
IMPORTANT: In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, weekly rehearsals are currently held online. A small group of singers rehearse LIVE with our Musical Director, Sue Heath-Downey, and are broadcast via Zoom in high quality for the rest of the choir to join. We are singing carols from the book “100 Carols For Choirs”, with scans of the music emailed weekly to the members. Details of how to join the rehearsals are sent via the choir email list. If you would like more information don’t hesitate to get in contact.
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.
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 News. Enjoy!
CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT December 2021 Date and venue to be confirmed
SPRING CONCERT (CANCELLED) Requiems by Maurice Duruflé and John Rutter 4th April 2020
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 Lestrange, Wassail! Carols of Comfort and Joy Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Messe de Minuit de Noel 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 4QD
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.
Click on the image below to watch a video of the concert.
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