Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Choral Society was launched in November 1998 by distinguished local musician Sue Heath-Downey with the support of Time & Talents. Nearly two decades later, we are still going from strength to strength, and pushing the boundaries of what a community choir can do.
We are a friendly, supportive group of singers of all abilities and experience, from many different backgrounds in the Rotherhithe and Bermondsey community. The choir currently has around 40 active members. There are no auditions. You don’t have to be able to sight-read to join. All that matters is that you enjoy singing, can commit to the rehearsal schedule, and can sing in tune.
Our repertoire includes well-loved choral classics both sacred and secular, as well as more modern and rarely performed works, madrigals and partsongs, songs from the shows, rounds and folk song arrangements. We even perform music specially written for us by Sue and friends!
We rehearse every Tuesday in term-time from 8.00 to 9.45 pm at Time & Talents, The Old Mortuary, St Marychurch Street, Rotherhithe, SE16 4JE (see map). We’re currently working on music for for our Winter concert on 2 December, including Francis Poulenc’s Christmas Motets (Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël), 1951–1952.
RBCS is keen to accommodate all singers, musicians and audience members comfortably wherever possible. Our main rehearsal and performance venues are accessible. Concessionary rates are available for member subscriptions and concert tickets. Choir information can be made available in large print on request. Practice CDs can be made available on request for those who cannot read music. If you have special requirements please contact our Diversity Lead, Dave Morrison.