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A South London Choir for all singers

We are a long-established group of singers based in Balham, South London. We welcome any new singers to come along and give us a try without an audition.

Photo: Robert Vermote


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“Can one desire too much of a good thing?” 1

SWLCS has done it again, putting together “such stuff as dreams are made on.” 2

A mostly a cappella program of British composers ranging through different ages and styles: glee, madrigal, English folk and swing from Robert Johnson II (1583 - 1633) who wrote music for Shakespeare’s performances, Thomas Morley (1557-1602) well-known for his madrigals and around at the same time, the Peckham (near London!) born Richard John Samuel Stevens (1757-1837) writer of glees, slightly earlier Benjamin Cooke (1734-1793) organist and master of choristers at Westminster Abbey through Charles Wood (1866-1926) who taught national treasure Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) and our very own Wandsworth lad George Shearing (1919-2011) born blind to working class parents in Battersea and composer of the jazz standard Lullaby of Birdland.

Parting is such sweet sorrow sublime, that we shall say good night til it be morrow.....& show time! 3

The concert is part of the St Mary Magdalene Summer Arts Festival
  • Martin Everett - Conductor
  • Richard Moore - Accompanist
  • John Dallimore & Anna Corcoran - Readers

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* Twelfth Night Act I, scene 1 - "If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it"
1 As You Like It Act IV, scene 1
2 The Tempest Act IV, scene 1
3 Romeo and Juliet Act II, scene 2 not quite as written by the bard!

FRIDAY 24 June 2016 at 8.00pm

St Mary Magdalene Church, Trinity Road, London SW17 7HP

Admission - £15, free admission under 15 years

About the Choir

Established in 1886, the South West London Choral Society is an amateur choir of about sixty-five members.

During each of three yearly terms, we rehearse and perform a different work, usually in one of Wandsworth’s churches. We sing a variety of choral music and aim to make it enjoyable for performers and audience alike.

We have also given concerts in St Omer, Calais, Bruges, Lille, Brussels and Ghent. In 2000 we performed our Millennium Concert, A Thousand Years in Words and Music, as part of the Festival weekend in Elham Parish Church in Kent.

In 2005 and 2008 we gave concerts at St Peter’s Church in Harrold, Bedfordshire, and in 2006 we gave a concert at Farm Street Church in Central London.

In July 2011 we returned to Ghent having been invited back to sing in the city's annual Music Festival. Also in 2011 we celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the choir with a performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass and an anniversary dinner. In April 2012 we gave a concert at All Saints Church in St Ives, Cambridgeshire.

Our most recent trip abroad was to Antwerp where we gave a concert at the Saint Carolus Borromeuskerk church in April 2015.

Come to a rehearsal

The South West London Choral Society rehearses on Monday evenings at the following address:

Balham Baptist Church
21 Ramsden Road
SW12 8QX

Nearest stations: Balham BR and Balham underground on the Northern Line.

Rehearsals start at 7.30pm, and last till 9:30pm with a short break for coffee.