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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, and perform in St George’s Church. Unfortunately due to the Covid - 19 pandemic rehearsal and concerts are suspended but hope to restart on 8th September 2020

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Our History


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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Our Concerts for this 60th Season 

2019 - 2020 Season - celebrating our 60th Year 
Sarturday 30th November 2019 at 6pm
Brahms Requiem (Ein Deutsches Requiem)
Saturday 14th March 2020 at 7.45pm
James MacMillan - Strathclyde Motets, (plus other works) 
Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic
the Carmina Burana concert and rehearsals are cancelled
(Saturday 13th June 2020 at at 4.30pm Carl Orff - Carmina Burana)


We have three concerts a year, at St. George's Church Beckenham. We also have many social and fundraising events.
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Beckenham Chorale is a Registered Charity (No 262048)

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Singing Day with Brian Kay

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Singing Day with Brian Kay- this popular event took place last year
Brian Kay divides his working life between the broadcasting studio and the concert platform. His thousands of broadcasts for BBC radios 2, 3 and 4 have ranged from his own popular Brian Kay’s Sunday Morning and Brian Kay’s Light Programme on radio 3 to the long-running and much-loved radio 2 programmes Friday Night is Music Night and Melodies for You. For fifteen years he presented for radio and television the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s famous New Year’s Day Concert.

On the concert platform, he has narrated and presented programmes with the leading UK orchestras, many of which he has also conducted. As a Choral Conductor he spent ten years as Chorus Master to the Huddersfield Choral Society and as conductor to the Cheltenham Bach Choir, the Leicester-based Cecilian Singers, the Bradford Festival Choral Society and the Mary Wakefield Westmorland Festival. He is currently conductor of Vaughan Williams’s Leith Hill Musical Festival, The Burford Singers near to his home in the Cotswolds, and Principal Conductor of The Really Big Chorus, with which he regularly conducts massed voices in the Royal Albert Hall and at exotic locations around the world. 

Brian performed 2000 concerts worldwide as a founder member of The King’s Singers. He has twice appeared at the Royal Variety Show and has been the lowest frog on a Paul McCartney single, one of the six wives of Harry Secombe’s Henry V111, the voice of Papageno in the Hollywood movie Amadeus and a member of the backing group for The Pink Floyd!