About the South London Singers

SLS is a small Beckenham choir made up of a diverse group of around 30 local singers.

We perform a mixture of old and new sacred and secular choral music, but are not a religious choir.

We perform around four concerts per year. This means each term we can devote plenty of rehearsal time to learning our concert pieces.  So you won’t need to do too much ‘homework’!

We are not required to be fluent sight-readers but are expected to be able to use our scores to sing accurately and to note down the Musical Director’s guidance.

We like to have fun at our rehearsals and many of us enjoy socialising around our rehearsals’ start and end times. We hold a few social events for choir members throughout the season.

We are a registered charity and are managed by a board of elected Trustees.

Current trustees are: 

Chair: David Peters
Secretary: Patricia Cummings
Treasurer: Emily Seymour
Trustee: David Jackson
Trustee: Mary Jackson

You can contact the trustees by emailing info@southlondonsingers.com.

What do you need to know?

  • Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings at 7.45pm at Beckenham Methodist Church, Bromley Road, Beckenham. Click here for our summer 2023 rehearsal schedule.
  • How to get here: Beckenham Methodist Church is close to several bus routes as well as Beckenham Junction railway station and Tramlink terminus. Find us on Google Maps here.
  • The car park in St George’s Road, a short walk from the Methodist Church, is free after 7.30pm.
  • The majority of SLS concerts take place in local venues, including Beckenham Methodist Church and St. George’s Church.
  • Social events have included parties, summer barbecues, restaurant meals and quiz nights.
  • Although we rehearse in rooms belonging to the Beckenham Methodist Church, we are not a church choir and welcome members of any faith.
  • Find out more: how to join the South London Singers.

What sort of music do we sing?

We perform from a wide-ranging repertoire, which covers both secular and sacred music from the fifteenth century to the present. Most of our repertoire is performed in four parts (SATB), either a cappella or with organ, piano or light instrumental accompaniment suited to a smaller chamber group.

Familiar composers such as Handel, Bach and Britten feature alongside lesser-known composers such as Joseph Jongen and Michael Haydn.

We sing a variety of well-known pieces alongside new discoveries – and have even debuted some brand-new pieces written for us by local composers and friends of the choir.

Music Hire

The SLS owns sets of some of the music we have performed and is willing to hire these out to other choirs. Click here to find our music hire list.

If you are interested in hiring some of our sets of scores, please email us for details of our charges and other terms.