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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.

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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 new Musical Director.

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Our Concert Plans for the next two years 

2018 - 2019 Season 

4pm Sat 1st December 2018
Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Alan Bullard - O Come Emmanuel, and Carols, including audience carols
8pm Sat 16th March 2019
Dvořák - Requiem
8pm Sat 15th June 2019
Bach - Magnificat, Vivaldi - Gloria 
2019 - 2020 Season - celebrating our 60th Year 
Winter Concert: Berlioz - L’Enfance du Christ
Spring Concert: James MacMillan - Strathclyde Motets, (plus other works tbc) 
Summer Concert: Carl Orff - Carmina Burana, (plus another work tbc) 
We have three concerts a year, at St. George's Church Beckenham. We also have many social and fundraising events.
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Dvorak Requiem, Saturday 16th March 2019

After a gap of more than twenty years, the Chorale welcomes the opportunity to re-visit a work which Dvorak’s biographer Dr. John Clapham considers “one of the most lofty, eloquent and distinguished choral compositions of the nineteenth century”. 

The Dvorak Requiem has long lived in the shadow of Verdi’s setting, but has at times been more than favourably compared to it, though the two works are entirely different in nature.   Dvorak’s is not without its dramatic moments, but it is essentially a lyrical piece, with none of Verdi’s blatant theatricality, and rather more of its own composer’s typical melodiousness and colourful use of the orchestral instruments.   Scored for four soloists, chorus and a large orchestra, it was composed in response to a commission from the Birmingham Triennial Festival and first performed there in October 1891 under the baton of the composer.

Subsequent performances of Dvorak’s Requiem have not been numerous.   But two in particular stand out, especially for the circumstances in which they took place:  one in April 1971 at London’s Royal Festival Hall by the New Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Istvan Kertesz with an added last-minute and highly-charged dedication to Igor Stravinsky, who had died earlier the same day;  and, much more recently, in April 2017 at the Barbican, when the already frail Jiri Belohlavek, former Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and as much loved in this country as was his compatriot Dvorak before him, movingly directed the BBC musicians in what all too soon proved to have been his last London appearance.                                                                                                JN / December 2018