All choirs are facing challenging times this year, but we would like to reassure you that Lewisham Choral Society is very much alive and well, and that we have exciting plans for the coming season.
We extend a warm welcome to new joiners. We are a friendly and diverse choir, with members of all ages and backgrounds, so we know that you will feel at home with us. We look forward to the time when we can welcome you in person. In the meantime, please contact our Membership Secretary, Andy McLeod, who will be happy to answer your questions, please email Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are starting our Autumn term on Monday 7th September with virtual rehearsals on Zoom and are researching all possibilities to meet again in person, either as a full choir or in groups, as soon as it is safe to do so. Our opening piece of the season will be Frostiana by the American composer, Randall Thompson, a set of songs based on the poems of Robert Frost. During the term we will also begin rehearsing a work by John Rutter, Feel the Spirit, which will contrast well with Frostiana. We are planning a live COVID-secure performance in the coming months, currently scheduled for Saturday 19th December.
All prospective members are very welcome to try us out on at least one of our three joining weeks at the beginning of term. Meanwhile, you can get a sense of the supportive style of our rehearsals from this interview with our Director of Music and a number of choir members.
Our joining weeks for this term are Monday 7th, 14th and 21st September. Our Membership Secretary Andy McLeod will give you the Zoom login details for these rehearsals.
If you would like to access a score to participate in a rehearsal during our joining weeks, which could help you decide if LCS is for you, our Membership Secretary will put you in contact with our Librarian. There will be a charge for scores, payable to LCS by BACS in advance. If you then decide to join us this will be taken into account when you pay your subscription. Once you have tried our rehearsals, if you then decide that LCS isn’t for you, you will be able to return the scores to us, and if in good condition we will reimburse.
We hope that once you have tried the choir out, you will be happy to join us. Subscriptions for the 2020/21 season are on a termly basis, as follows:
If you decide to join us, LCS members need to obtain scores for the works we are rehearsing leading up to our concerts. This is usually a purchase option, but for some scores we are able to secure a hire option which works out more cheaply. We will give you full details on joining, and once you have a members’ login to the website, you will find all the information about the music for each concert, as well as a wealth of useful learning resources.
St Laurence’s Church
37 Bromley Road
– Five minutes walk from Catford and Catford Bridge stations
– Buses 47, 54, 136, 171, 199 and 208 stop outside
– Parking is relatively easy on nearby residential streets, and there is limited car parking within the church grounds. Click here for further important information on parking.
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