Beckenham Chorale Winter Concert 2018 MarkGriffithsconductor
Christmas Music
St. George's BeckenhamSaturday 1st December 2018

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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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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 new Musical Director.

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Our Concerts for this 60th Season 

2019 - 2020 Season - celebrating our 60th Year 
Sarturday 30th November 2019 
Brahms Requiem (Ein Deutsches Requiem)
(instead of Berlioz - L’Enfance du Christ)
Saturday 14th March 2020
James MacMillan - Strathclyde Motets, (plus other works tbc) 
Saturday 13th June 2020
Carl Orff - Carmina Burana
Lambert - The Rio Grande 
We have three concerts a year, at St. George's Church Beckenham. We also have many social and fundraising events.
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Notes on Spring 2020 Concert


MacMillan: In splendoribus sanctorum

Dove: Seek Him that maketh the seven stars 

Andrew: O nata lux 

Tallis: O nata lux de lumine 

MacMillan: O Radiant Dawn 

MacMillan: Benedictus deum cieli

Weir: I love all beauteous things 


Elgar: Light of the world

Holst: Nunc dimittis

MacMillan: The Canticle of Zacharia

Organ - Trumpet solo

Rachmaninoff: Bogoroditse devo

Dove: Ecce beatam lucem 

Balfour Gardiner: Evening hymn

Our Soloists


James McVinnie is an organist and pianist.

 His work as a performer encompasses music from the 16th century to the present day. He has collaborated with many leading figures in new music including Philip Glass, Tom Jenkinson/Squarepusher, Angelique Kidjo, Nico Muhly, Martin Creed, David Lang, Richard Reed Parry, Bryce Dessner & Darkstar, many of whom have written large scale works for him.

 James McVinnie is a member of Icelandic record label Bedroom Community. 2019 saw the release of All Night Chroma on Warp Records and 2020 will see a new album of works by Philip Glass for organ & piano.

 2020 and 2021 highlights include solo performances at Paris Philharmonie, Lyon Auditorium, Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles, Southbank and Barbican Centres as well as the opening of the Munich Philharmonic 2020/21 season, and concerto performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. 


Matilda Lloyd

Hailed as “remarkable” by the Daily Telegraph, British trumpeter Matilda Lloyd is a fast-rising young artist with exceptional poise and musicality. Aged 24, Matilda is captivating audiences with her artistry and communication, her flawless technique and the unique character she brings to each and every work. In 2014, Matilda was the winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Brass Final, and in 2016, gave her BBC Proms solo debut, performing at London’s Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Philharmonic and Alpesh Chauhan. The following year, Matilda won the Eric Aubier International Trumpet Competition in Rouen, France, an achievement which led to her international debut in Spring 2019 with l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen. Recent highlights also include performances with the BBC Concert Orchestra (for BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night) and the London Mozart Players. In March 2018, she was chosen to replace Tine Thing Helseth for a celebration of International Women’s Day with the Manchester Camerata under Jessica Cottis.

The 19/20 season sees Matilda make her USA, South Africa and German debuts performing with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, KwaZuluNatal Philharmonic, Johannesburg Philharmonic and Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern. She also gives recitals with John Reid, Cameron Richardson-Eames and the Kirkman Quartet.

Matilda graduated with a First Class degree in Music from Cambridge University in 2017 and received a Master’s Degree from the Royal Academy of Music in 2019. Matilda will receive lessons during this season from Håkan Hardenberger at the Malmö Academy of Music. Matilda released her debut album Direct Message on the Orchid Classics Label in October 2018, featuring 20th and 21st century works for trumpetand piano with pianist John Reid.