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.

Autumn term begins on 12 September 2017. We’ll be rehearsing music for our concert on 2 December 2017, to include Francis Poulenc’s Christmas motets (Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël).

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.




    Seasonal music including Francis Poulenc’s Christmas motets
    (Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël)
    2 December 2017
    Venue to be announced

    Carl Orff’s  Carmina Burana and music from mediaeval Europe

RBCS Community Choir
directed by Sue Heath-Downey

plus the wonderful Boutcher Primary School Choir
with soloists Kirsty McLean (soprano) and Panos Ntourntoufis (tenor)
accompanied by percussion and two pianos

TIME: Saturday 8 July 2017, 7.30
PLACE: St Peter and the Guardian Angels Church,
Paradise Street, SE16 4QD
(off King’s Stairs Gardens, near The Angel pub)

Download a flyer here.






  • Concert
    RBCS presents a selection of holy and unholy music and readings in a secret subterranean chamber
    Wednesday 14 September 2016, 7:30pm
    The Thames Tunnel Sinking Shaft, Brunel Museum, London, SE16 4LF
    Part of Isambard Brunel dans son cabaret for Totally Thames festival
  • 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 by Bryn Bird

  • 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.


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