The National Opera Studio is delighted to be working with the Burntwood Chamber Choir again as part of the 2019 Wandsworth Arts Fringe. Songs and arias have been selected to take the audience on a reflective and gentle journey through the year with music by a wide range of composers in a wide variety of styles and languages including Japanese, German, Russian and Spanish. 

Including works by Gershwin, Bernstein, Massenet and Novello, the programme will feature at its heart a short song cycle written especially for Burntwood by the Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir CBE.

The Burntwood Chamber Choir was formed in the same year as the school. While no longer a chamber choir in the true sense, it remains small in comparison to  the size of the school, which is one of the largest state schools in the country.

The choir has sung at all of London’s major concert halls and recorded film scores at Pinewood and Abbey Road, as well as travelling abroad. It has reached the final of the National Festival of Music for Youth, been successful in the Choir of the Year and BBC Songs of Praise competitions and represented England at the International Eisteddfod. Other highlights include singing for HM the Queen on three occasions and dancing with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the unveiling of the memorial to suffering in South Africa.

This academic year has been a busy one for the choir, with performances at the British Museum (World Peace Day),  the Women of the Year lunch, Cadogan Hall and St Martin in the Fields, but we are especially honoured to have given the first performances of the Japanese haiku settings written for us by Judith Weir, which are also part of this evening’s programme.

Burntwood Chamber Choir. Credit: Benjamin Ealovega


Burntwood School Theatre is an accessible venue, however please let us know in advance if you have any access requirements, so that we can best assist you.  To do so, please email [email protected]

This free community concert is suitable for the entire family.  The National Opera Studio is proud to work with the local community to produce events in the South West London region.

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Friday 10 May, 7.30pm

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