Welcome!

Welcome to Worlds End Music, an organisation set up to bring together local professional musicians with local music lovers.

CONCERT FOR UKRAINE…Saturday 9th April 7pm…. St Martin of Tours, Chelsfield.

Exhausted but happy! Together our efforts for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal have raised over £1700! Thank you so much for your attendance and support – and your generosity -there was such a heartwarming atmosphere at the concerts. I am so grateful to all my wonderful colleagues who played so beautifully and so cheerfully – and to Nina Kiva, our Young Artist. What beautiful cello playing. Also huge thanks to Gwen, organist at St Martin’s, who agreed with less than 12 hours notice to play organ for the Karl Jenkins. What a superstar. Anyone who still wishes to donate, the page will close soon, but in the meantime it’s http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/worlds-end-music.

Always moving onwards, it’s time to announce our next concert! Coming on 14th May at 7 pm, the usual format of about an hour of music with no interval; and this time it’s at St Mary’s, Worlds End Lane. Local flautist and international superstar Karen Jones, has invited her friend from the Lake District, bassoonist Ursula Leveaux, to Green Street Green for an evening of beguiling flute and bassoon duets. We thought you’d all had enough of string playing! Details will be coming on our concerts page imminently.

Rebecca Gilliver, Founder of Worlds End Music;
Principal Cellist London Symphony Orchestra

Long, long ago, before there was a worldwide pandemic, I had the desire to do some music-making close to home. The pandemic really brought this into focus. During the lockdown, deprived of our usual connections with audiences, many musicians played on our doorsteps and driveways after the Thursday evening ‘Clap for Carers’. The intimate joy of performing to a community of which you are a part is very special. Because of this experience, I set up an organisation to bring local musicians together with local music lovers. There are many fantastic professional musicians living in the area of Green Street Green, Chelsfield and Orpington so we don’t have to go far to find world-class music and bring it to your doors!

Worlds End Music is named after Worlds End Lane. This is the road where St Mary’s Church, one of our venues is found. Our other venue is St Martin of Tours in Chelsfield, which is found at the other end of Worlds End Lane, on Church Road. I walked down the lane many times during the pandemic, as I was pondering this new musical venture. I’ve named it with a smile, as it has felt slightly apocalyptic the past year or so! This little enterprise will do its best to counter the effects on your soul of the complicated times we’re living in! We hope you enjoy the concerts and wish to become involved.

Worlds End Music also has the desire to nurture local young talent and as a result, we aim to bring a Young Artist to feature in as many of our concerts as possible. Our first year celebrated the talents of recently graduated trumpet player Louis Barclay, from Green Street Green, violinist Scott Storey from Beckenham and talented young singer Jonathan Brookes. Scott has recently been appointed co-leader of the National Youth Orchestra and has won a place at the Royal College of Music to study joint viola and violin. Louis is going to be returning to Worlds End Music in the Autumn with his brass quintet, Cromwell Brass. Next year we will be inviting local young professional cellist, Henry Hargreaves, amongst others. Our recent charity event ‘Concert for Ukraine’ led to a slightly altered criteria and we went out of the area to invite accomplished young Ukrainian/British cellist, Nina Kiva, to play with us – with special permission from Sir Karl Jenkins, we performed the Benedictus from The Armed Man for reduced forces, with Nina as angelic-sounding soloist. Truly a special moment, with huge thanks to Sir Karl for his generosity.

With a rapidly growing audience who have demonstrated their desire for local, quality music-making, I think we’re safe to carry on with plans for next year! Huge thanks to all of you, our supporters and audience, for coming to concerts despite the threat of Covid; to the churches for hosting us and particularly to Phillippa Rooke – without her guiding hand and encouragement this venture would never have got off the ground. If you would like to be kept informed of our future ventures, please enter your email below. If you would like to contact us, please email info@worldsendmusic.com If you’re not a fan of email, you can call 07971 440850. Worlds End Music is not funded. All events are musician-organised and any proceeds go to paying the musicians and venue hire. Any profit made (not so far!) would go to putting on more complex chamber music events in the future. At some point we will look at charitable status and Friends, in order to better finance the venture but in the meantime we would be so grateful for your help in just spreading the word so we can grow our audience!

Rebecca Gilliver