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Metropolitan Police Choir History



The Metropolitan Police Choir is an internationally famous group of singers, comprising of serving and retired officers of all ranks and civilian staff with a full complement of approximately 30 members.

They perform concerts for many charities, primarily in London, but also in the provinces and have travelled to Holland, Germany and Bavaria in recent years, for major combined concerts.

The repertoire includes a wide range of music, from The Beatles to Wagner, from Elvis to Spirituals - Christmas is also a very popular time of year for the choir. Meanwhile well known composers have commissioned arrangements and other works for the choir.

The Metropolitan Police Choir have taken part in many charity events over the years, raising lots of money in the process, with last year's annual concert raising money for the Evelina London Children's Hospital. To date, contribution to charity is in excess of £750,000.

The Metropolitan Police Choir The choir have performed in literally all the major churches and halls in London, including St.Pauls Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St Martins-in-the-Field, All Souls, plus the Royal Albert Hall, Fairfield Halls Croydon, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Guildhall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican.

When required, the choir lead the singing and perform anthem at funerals for deceased Police officers and were very honoured to lead in the memorial service for the Kings Cross fire along with other high profile engagements.

Our History

The following is a resume of 'highlights' from the choir's past:-

  • Participation in 'Children In Need' (BBC1)
  • 'The Big Parade' on prime-time television (with Lorrie Paramore's Orchestra and RAF Central Band clarinets)
  • Participation in 'Dixon Of Dock Green'
  • Brass Band Festivals at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Performing for Esther Rantzen on the BBC's 'That's Life'
  • Finale of the Royal International Horse Show at the old White City
  • Singing alongside 'The Christmas Tree' in Trafalgar Square on three occasions
  • Singing to those happy nuns at Tyburn Convent - how they loved it!
  • Joining hundreds of other male singers in Hyde Park and on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace for the anniversary of VE Day.
  • Participating on two occasions in a 10,000 Voice World Choir at Cardiff.
  • Plus a unique occasion filmed live at Paddington Station in 'Flashmob: The Opera' for BBC3.
  • Singing annually to the Chelsea Pensioners
Plus many more...

"Welcome to the Metropolitan Police Choir - and enjoy!! Come and join us!"
- Tony Seeley


FEATURE: FLASHMOB: THE OPERA

On the 6th October 2004, the Metropolitan Police Choir took part in BBC Three's hugely successful 'FlashMob: The Opera' (shown on both BBC Two and BBC Three), filmed live at Paddington Station. The interesting mix of traditional arias and modern lyrics provided great entertainment for all ages (young children and teenagers were even enthralled!).

Metropolitan Police Choir at Flashmob: The Opera
Lights, Camera, Action! - Metropolitan Police
Choir members 'on set' at Paddington Station, London.

The storyline involved Mike, a man who loved football more than his fiancee Sally. Sally leaves him after a huge row, storming off to Paddington train station to return home to her mother.

Mike manages to get to the train station in time to try and stop her, but there are many hurdles he has to face, including an angry Chelsea football mob and some policemen (where the choir played a vital role!).

After a football supporters' chorus, and many other twists and turns, Mike and Sally are finally reunited and the whole of Paddington train station (including members of the public) join in the finale, which also included two other choirs and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

To see more photos of the choir during the filming of 'Flashmob: The Opera', click here

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