The London Forest Choir - established in 1950

The London Forest Choir was established in 1950 in Walthamstow, North East London, and it has been based in the area ever since. With a membership of around 80, we are an eclectic bunch of people who share a common love of choral music. We offer new singers a warm welcome and the opportunity to take part in choral concerts in London four times a year, plus various other events and weekend trips away both abroad and in the UK. There is a thriving though optional social side to choir life including drinks after Monday night rehearsals and occasional choir social evenings and other events.


The Choir's repertoire ranges widely from staple works such as Bach's St Matthew Passion and Handel's Messiah to more unusual and rarely heard works by composers such as Jonathan Dove and the Choir's music director Jonathan Rathbone. It recorded Richard Maunder's new edition of Mozart's Requiem under its former music director Murray Stewart, and in 2009-10 the Choir released a CD of its repertoire, Where'er You Walk, to celebrate its 60th anniversary season.