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Beckenham Chorale – Winter Concert
Saturday 30th November 2019 at 6:00 pm

Opening the choir’s Diamond Jubilee year


Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem


Brahms Geistliches Lied


Works by Bruckner, Parry, Paulus and Vaughan Williams


Charlotte Shaw Soprano


Jonathan BrownBaritone


Mark Griffiths – Conductor


Coro London Chamber Choir


Orchestra St Paul’s Sinfonia


Tickets on sale from 29th October


Reserved seats £13 and unreserved £10 in advance (£14 and £11 on the door) Unnumbered seats £8


On-line Bookings via this link Telephone bookings 07956 323 846  and  020 8658 0329 


In person at St George’s Parish Office (in the church) Monday to Friday 9.30am to 2.30pm




There will be a licensed Cash Only bar or bars for this event under the auspices of a TEN licence from Bromley Council. Refreshments may be purchased during the interval only.

The usual alcohol licensing law applies.

Artist Information

Charlotte Shaw


British soprano Charlotte Shaw (née Beament) is a first class honours graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and a ‘Rising Star of the Enlightenment’ for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.   She is a regular soloist for English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera and has also sung for Glyndebourne Jerwood Artists, the Garsington Festival, the Brighton Festival, the London Handel Festival and Barber Opera in Birmingham.


Her operatic repertoire includes Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, the title roles in Handel’s Semele and Berenice and Michal in Saul, and Mozart’s Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Serpetta in La finta giardiniera.    She has also appeared in works by Purcell, Rameau, Niccolo Porpora and Marc-Antoine Charpentier and, on the contemporary scene, in Julian Philips’s chamber opera The Yellow Sofa, Philip Glass’s Satyagraha and the ENO’s 2017 première of Nico Muhly’s Marnie.


On the concert stage she has sung many favourite Baroque and Classical works from Bach’s Passions, B minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio and Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt and Saul to Mozart’s solo motet Exsultate, Jubilate and Requiem, and Haydn Masses, The Creation and The Seasons.   Charlotte’s repertoire extends also to Vivaldi’s solo motet Nulla in mundo pax sincera, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder and the famous fifth of the Bachianas Brasileiras of the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, in venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall, Kings Place and Snape Maltings as well as on European and Asian tours.

Jonathan Brown


Jonathan Brown was born in Toronto and studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music there, the University of Western Ontario and, after moving to England, at Cambridge University and the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh with Sir Thomas Allen and Anthony Rolfe Johnson.   He made his solo debut with Sir John Eliot Gardiner in Holland on the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage and thereafter was a regular soloist with performances in Zurich, Brussels and Paris and on the subsequent CDs.


Recent solo concert work has included Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s B minor Mass and the St. John and St. Matthew Passions at Westminster Abbey, Haydn’s The Seasons for the Norwich Philharmonic Society and Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony for the Portsmouth Choral Union.   He was also a soloist on the Harmonia Mundi recordings of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Blow’s Venus and Adonis under the direction of René Jacobs, in Sullivan’s The Golden Legend for Hyperion and, for Priory Records, a recently-released world première recording, also with the Portsmouth Choral Union, of Samuel Wesley’s masterpiece Confitebor tibi, Domine.


His wide-ranging operatic roles have featured composers as diverse as Puccini, Leoncavallo, Donizetti, Mozart, Handel, Purcell, Cavalli and Monteverdi, including Mozart’s Idomeneo for Sir Simon Rattle with the Berlin Philharmonic in the Salzburg Easter Festival and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Opéra de Lille, the Théâtre du Chatêlet, Paris and L’Opéra du Rhin with Emmanuelle Haim.

Mark Griffiths

Musical Director

Mark studied at Trinity College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music and began his career as a professional singer.  He has been Musical Director of the London-based chamber choir Coro since 2003, conducting them to international competitive success, in regular concerts throughout Britain and Europe, and on radio and CD.  He also works with large symphonic choruses including the Philharmonia Chorus and the Brighton Festival Chorus.

Mark has a wealth of experience with younger singers, too, as Director of the award-winning Berkshire Youth Choirs and a music mentor for the National Festival of Music for Youth, and is currently Director of Choirs at the Junior Department of Trinity College of Music.  He has also directed the Young Conductors’ Course for the Association of British Choral Directors.

Beckenham Chorale

Beckenham Chorale is a mixed voice choir of about 80 voices founded in 1960 and affiliated to Making Music and the Bromley Arts Council. It gives three concerts a year at St George’s Church Beckenham and rehearses each week broadly through the school year at the St George’s Church Hall.

With a varied repertoire it is best known for our spirited performances of the great and exciting choral works. In recent years, works performed include Bach ‘Magnificat’, Vivaldi ‘Gloria’, Rossini ‘Stabat Mater’, Dvorak ‘Mass in D’, Tippett ‘A Child of our Time’, Handel ‘Messiah’ and Verdi ‘Requiem’.’

The Chorale engages professional soloists and orchestral instrumentalists, with whom we have a long association, to perform with the choir.


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