In Memory of Miriam: In My Way by Kate Whitley

LCS are very excited to be premiering a work we have commissioned to celebrate the life of choir member Miriam McLeod. Miriam sang with us for many years until her death in 2015, aged 82. In My Way has been composed by Kate Whitley and will be performed for the More →

Lord Berners: The Last Great Eccentric?

If you open up a score of William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, the main work of next week’s concert at Fairfield Halls, you will find a dedication at the top of the opening page “To Lord Berners”, but who was Lord Berners? Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners, was a 20th More →

Bob Chilcott Interview

Two weeks ago we welcomed Bob Chilcott to our Monday night rehearsal at St Laurence’s. Bob took us through our paces with his Requiem, and said lots of lovely things about our singing! It was a great evening and we all had the opportunity to chat to Bob during the More →

Choir Connections with Ralph Vaughan Williams

Following on from our news article on Ralph Vaughan Williams, Lewisham and LCS, our programme compiler Martin Bull has ferreted out some Ralph Vaughan Williams stories from our choir members: In 1941 Ralph Vaughan Williams was in correspondence with a Myfanwy Pickstone; the two had met when he was staying More →

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Lewisham and LCS

Our summer concert features the work of Bob Chilcott and Ralph Vaughan Williams, and as is customary in Lewisham Choral Society, we look for links between our choir members, our borough of Lewisham, and the music we are performing. In 1911, the Festival of Empire was held in Crystal Palace More →

Women in Music

In recent years there has been a very welcome increase in the performance of music by female composers on the radio, in recordings and in our concert halls. For so many centuries women rarely had the chance to be heard as performers and composers and they were discouraged from pursuing More →

Mozart’s Mass in C Minor at the Royal Festival Hall

On Friday the 22nd of March, LCS and Hackney Singers will be returning to the Royal Festival Hall at the world-famous Southbank Centre. Joining us for Mozart’s Mass in C Minor are the London Mozart Players, and an impressive array of soloists including soprano Elin Manahan Thomas – who sang More →

Holst the Teacher

It was in 1907 that Cheltenham-born composer Gustav Holst became Director of Music at Morley College, Lambeth – formerly known as Morley Memorial College for Working Men & Women. Holst was a well-liked teacher whose appointment lasted a total of seventeen years, and in 1910 he wrote the short choral More →

Dvořák: The Czech Musical Maestro in Lewisham

By the late 1870s the music of Czech composer Antonín Dvořák had already travelled all the way from Bohemia to Great Britain. It soon became so popular that in 1884 the man himself – with no English and never having been on a ship or seen the sea – arrived More →

From the Land of Bohemia

2018 is a key year for the people of what is now Slovakia and the Czech Republic. For one hundred years ago, on the 28th of October 1918, a new state arose from the ashes of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after World War I. It was on that day, in its More →

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