Blackheath Choir was founded in 1971 as The Ascension Choir. It consisted of about eight members, supplemented by students from Goldsmith’s College, who met to sing choral evensong at the Church of the Ascension in Dartmouth Row. Its first Music Director was Andrew Wright, the organist at the church and head of music at St Dunstan’s College. In 1975 the Choir became affiliated to the local adult education institute. This created greater stability, allowing for the employment of an accompanist, and over the next ten years led to significant growth in the core membership of the Choir.
In 1986 Andrew Wright left London to take a teaching post in York and Gordon Fairbairn joined as the new Music Director. At the end of 1990, Gordon left to take up appointments in Watford and Patricia Williams, who had been the choir’s accompanist for several years, took over as its new Music Director. In 1991 the Choir ceased to function as an evening class and became an independent registered charity.
In 1996 the Choir was 25 years old and celebrated this anniversary by commissioning ‘A Song of Heath and History’ from local composer Alan Bullard. This depicted Blackheath both past and present. The work was then augmented with extra movements to celebrate the Millennium and was performed in July 2000.
In September 2001, the choir changed its name to Blackheath Choir.