From our modest beginnings in October 2008 as a Southwark Council initiative to promote community cohesion, we have grown and developed into a self-run community choir with a wide-ranging repertoire.

To date, Koruso! has performed at a variety of venues across Southwark and beyond, and has risen to the challenge of a live performance on BBC Radio – which won an Award for Bridging Culture (ABC) in December 2009 at the Royal Society for the Arts and was cited by the judging panel as “an excellent, innovative way of bringing people together through a shared passion for music”

Since then we have performed in joint ventures at the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, and at local venues in Dulwich, Peckham, Walworth and at King’s College Hospital. Our latest venture was at the Young Vic where Koruso! performed and sang in a play called The Events.

We have formed partnerships with several european choirs including Cenestra Choir from South Africa and Choir Under Fire from Langenhagen, Germany – Southwark’s twinned town in Germany.

Project background

Interested in following our example and setting up your own community choir? Have a read through our Koruso Progress Report (PDF doc: 124Kb), first written in October 2009 and updated in May 2010, and you’ll see how we did it.