We are Streatham's oldest choir. Since our foundation in 1921, we have entertained local people with high quality choral and orchestral music, first as the West Streatham Choral Society, then as the Streatham Philharmonic Society, and latterly as the Streatham Choral Society. In its first incarnation the Society sang with its own orchestra. In the 1960s we became an ILEA-supported evening class but when responsibility for education was passed to each London Borough, our members decided to re-launch the choir as a self-governing organisation relying on subscriptions and income from concerts. We receive no grants or sponsorship and are completely self-financing.
We pride ourselves on being a friendly choir and some of our members have been happy to sing with us for 20 years or even longer. Many no longer live in Streatham but nearly all of them have either lived in the borough some time in their lives, married here or formed other lasting connections with the area that makes singing with us special to them.
Numbers vary from year to year but the choir is usually around 70 strong. This allows us to tackle a wide repertoire. We use professional soloists and often also a professional orchestra for our orchestral concerts.
Our aim is to continue to provide high quality music for the enjoyment of those people from all over South London and beyond, who like to sing or enjoy equally the pleasure of listening.