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4 Coronation Anthems 

As soon as permitted

(Rehearsing on Zoom Tuesday 7.30pm)

 Come and sing with our choir

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Mark Griffiths is our Musical Director. You can see an earlier rehearsal scene here - click to see the video.The Chorale welcomes new singers. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings at 7.45pm at St George’s Church Hall, Albemarle Road, Beckenham BR3 3HZ usually, and perform in St George’s Church. Unfortunately due to the Covid - 19 pandemic rehearsal and concerts are suspended but plan to meet virtually via Zoom weekly from 22nd September 2020 to work on Rossini Petite Messe solennelle.

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The Beckenham Chorale are currently rehearsing (via Zoom)

4 Coronation Anthems by Handel

for performance as soon as permitted

when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and 

it is safe to do so.

To learn more about St George's Festival

for Beckenham  visit www.stgeorgesarts.co.uk

Our History

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Beckenham Chorale was founded as the Manor Choir in 1960 by KeninmoreStraker,  London manager of the music publishers Ricordi and Co., who was succeeded in 1964 by Lionel Sawkins. To reflect the choir's local identity its name was changed at the beginning of 1967 to Beckenham Chorale. James Blair was the Conductor from 1977 until 2015. Adam Treadway was appointed Assistant Conductor in 2013 and was Musical Director from 2015 until 2016. Mark Griffiths is our current Musical Director.

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Concerts performed for the 60th Season 

The 2019 - 2020 Season - celebrating our 60th Year 
Sarturday 30th November 2019 
Brahms Requiem (Ein Deutsches Requiem)
Saturday 14th March 2020 
James MacMillan - Strathclyde Motets, (plus other works) 
Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic
the Carmina Burana concert and rehearsals were cancelled

Currently all rehearsal are on-line only

 

We have three concerts a year, at St. George's Church Beckenham. We also have many social and fundraising events.
 
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Mark Griffiths

MARK GRIFFITHS – Musical Director

 Mark Griffiths began his musical training as a chorister at St John’s College, Cambridge and returned to the university as a Choral Scholar at Trinity College.  While at Trinity he started conducting the college orchestra, concentrating on large orchestral works including Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2 and Vaughan Williams’s 5th Symphony.  During postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music he began to conduct singers and soon after began a long association with the multi-award-winning Berkshire Youth Choirs, initially as Associate Conductor and latterly as Acting Musical Director.  His current work with young singers is as Choral Director and Lead Tutor in Voice for the Junior Department of Trinity College of Music.

In 2003 he became Musical Director of Coro, a prize-winning London-based chamber choir with whom he won the Grand Prix at the Tallinn International Choral Competition and prizes at festivals in Arezzo, Italy and Tours, France.  They have recorded three CDs and sung backing vocals for a number of classical crossover albums including Russell Watson and Katherine Jenkins (as well as Sarah Brightman and Friar Alessandro, on each of whose albums Mark was also vocal coach).

Mark has worked with the Philharmonia Chorus, preparing them for concerts at the Royal Festival Hall and on tour, and for small professional groups including Trinity Voices.  He also coaches choral conductors for the Association of British Choral Directors at whose National Convention he has been a presenter.  He is an adjudicator for the National Festival of Music for Youth and a former recipient of a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship.