Choir Community

Do you like to sing in the shower? • Croon in your car? • Belt out a ballad?

Come and join one of our choirs, or let us help you start your own!

Bryan Adams at Chelsea Choir rehearsals

Chelsea Community Choir

  • If you "can't sing", we're for you!
  • Relaxed and open - make some new friends
  • No auditions, no music reading, no experience needed. Just bring your voice!
  • All types of music, suggest a song to us
  • Come along for the start but leave earlier if you need to.
  • Supported by The Bryan Adams Foundation

Join Us!

Every Wednesday in term time, 5.30pm until 7pm.

Chelsea Academy, SW10 0AB.

Come to a taster for free, then £1 per session.

The Team

James Cleeve

James Cleeve

Working full time as a musical director, vocal leader and composer, James loves the power that music has to help people develop themselves and to bond with others.

He works regularly with the Southbank Centre, and has just finished a contemporary opera project with Surrey Arts, performed at the Albert Hall. Together with Ruth, he is part of Pindrop, a ground breaking a cappella group performing only their own material.

Favourite projects over the last year include conducting 900 singers on stage at the Royal Festival Hall, and working with over fifty West End performers to produce Elegies at the Criterion Theatre.

Ruth Routledge

Ruth Routledge

Ruth is a caring, energetic and inspiring choral director, workshop leader and entrepreneur. She excels at bringing the best out of everyone she works with, in schools, community organisations and workplaces.

Making the seemingly impossible a reality and combining passion and musical excellence, she makes sure that participants and audiences alike have a vibrant and profound musical experience.

Ruth is committed to making high quality vocal experiences accessible to everyone, which she does through the choirs and singing organisations she has founded: Pram Chorus, Offbeat Choir, Vocality Singing Ltd and most recently, Choir Community.

Omar Shahryar

Omar Shahryar

Omar is a composer and director of opera and music theatre. He has recently been awarded AHRC funding to pursue a PhD in Composition of Opera for Young People at the University of York.

He specialises in composing for different communities, and has worked with most of the UK's opera education programmes. He has lead choirs for Singingworks corporate choirs and Hackney Music Development Trust, and is the current director of Royal Opera's Thurrock-based youth chorus, RM19.

The Ethos

We believe:

  1. That everyone can do more than they think they can!
  2. That singing should be an inclusive and creative experience.
  3. That every voice counts and that everyone is welcome.
  4. That singing helps well-being, social integration and inclusion in our communities.
  5. That performing is great! Sharing music with an audience builds teamwork, confidence and quality.

Create Your Choir

We'd love to use our skills to help you create a choir for your office, school, community centre or festival. So get in touch!

We offer:

  • Choirs and Singing Groups
  • Team Building
  • Find Your Voice Workshops
  • Vocal Technique
  • Vocal Percussion/Beat-boxing
  • Song-writing
  • Improvisation
  • Performance Technique and Staging
Chelsea Academy Community Choir


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