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Film and video organisations

Groundwork Merton

Morden Hall Cottage
Morden Hall Park
Morden
SM4 5JD

Telephone: 020 8687 4050
Fax: 020 8687 4051
Website: http://www.groundwork.org.uk/

Groundwork Merton is a youth and environment agency that carries out baseline survey, video and film projects with young people.  They have also led community arts projects that help young people engage with their environment

Mediam Productions Ltd

35 Wimbledon Hill Road

Telephone: 020 8286 3802
Contact: Mark Krycki

Mediam Productions Ltd is a media organisation that produces community based and commercial videos, films, and CDs

Literature and poetry organisations

Bazm-e-Urdu

13 Graham Avenue
Mitcham
CR4 2HJ
Telephone: 020 8648 5807
Contact: Syed Hassan

Promotes the appreciation of Urdu literature and music and holds literary functions.

Dodo Modern Poets

108 Sheldrick Close
SW19 2UH
Telephone: 020 8687 1930
Contact: Patric Cunnane

Provides a platform for performance poetry. It aims to make poetry accessible, entertaining and emotionally rewarding. They have performed at Wimbledon Theatre and brought productions to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Dodo Modern Poets will be appearing at the St Ives Festival in September 2005, and regularly perform Dylan Thomas related productions in Laugharne, South Wales.

Merton Poetry Group

Telephone: 07969 597 967
Email: zznsh@yahoo.co.uk
Contact: Russell Thompson

Meets at the Raynes Park Methodist Church at 8pm on the first Tuesday of the month. Holds a workshop to read and discuss original poetry with other aspiring poets.

Merton Writers Circle

30-32 Wimbledon Guild
Worple Road
Telephone: 020 8286 0511

Meets on the last Friday of the month at 7.30 pm. Guest speakers, group critiques and support. £2.50 per person.

Visual arts and photography

Cannizaro Association

245 Glebe Court
Mitcham
Surrey
CR4 3NZ

Contact: Lucy Hedden

Promotes crafts and holds exhibitions and sales

Chinese Artnet

186 Runneymede
Colliers Wood
London
SW19 2RG

Telephone: 020 8545 0078
Contact: Li Yan

Offers Chinese art and craft workshops, performance poetry, and digital media projects

Merton Art Society

Martin Way Methodist Church
Buckleigh Avenue
London
SW20 9JZ

Telephone: 01483 233 646
Email: artsocietymerton@yahoo.co.uk
Website: http://sites.google.com/site/mertonartsociety/
Contact: Deborah Mandelli

Meets for talks, practical sessions and critique sessions. It also exhibits twice a year. Everyone is welcome (complete beginners, painters and non-painters).

The Worple Group

2 Wool Road
Wimbledon
SW20 0HW

Telephone: 020 8944 5077
Website: http://sites.google.com/site/mertonartsociety/
Contact: John Field

Holds exhibitions of paintings by members, twice yearly, in St Mark's Church, Wimbledon

Wimbledon Art Studios

Holman & Williams House
Riverside Road
SW17 0BA

Telephone: 020 8947 1183
Website: http://www.wimbledonartstudios.co.uk
Contact: Claire Burke

Holds open days exhibitions and events

Dance organisations

Beeja Dance Company

Telephone: 020 8241 8260
Email: info@beeja.com
Contact: Sarra Whicheloe

Beeja dance company are working with schools in Merton to create a dance theatre piece in a South Indian Classical dance style. Merton community dance set up this dance project, where Beeja and a local trapeze artist choreograph a dance piece through ongoing workshops at two selected schools.

Children's Chinese Dance

Telephone: 07961 150833
Contact: Mong Mai

Offers classes in Chinese Dance at local Saturday Chinese School and performs both locally and throughout London.

DanceMode School of Dance

Canons Leisure Centre, Madeira Road, Mitcham
CR4 4HD

Telephone: 07003418771
Website: www.dancemode.co.uk
Contact: Dawn DeMendonca (FFIDTA)

Street dance classes for children. Private instruction for adult experienced dancers seeking internationally recognised teaching qualification in freestyle/street dance. The London Jing Kun Opera Association is a not for profit organisation set up in March 2002 to promote appreciation and practice of Jingju (Beijing Opera) and Kunju (Kun Opera) in the UK. Membership is open to anyone with a genuine interest. Membership fee is £15 per annum. Student membership is £7 per annum for age 16+.

Greensleeves Morris Men

2 Birkbeck Road
Wimbledon
London
SW19 8NZ

Telephone: 020 8543 5866
Website: http://www.greensleevesmorris.org.uk
Contact: David Legg

Offer workshops in Morris Dancing and perform both locally and throughout London. Street dance classes for children. Private instruction for adult experienced dancers seeking internationally recognised teaching qualification in freestyle/street dance. The London Jing Kun Opera Association is a not for profit organisation set up in March 2002 to promote appreciation and practice of Jingju (Beijing Opera) and Kunju (Kun Opera) in the UK. Membership is open to anyone with a genuine interest. Membership fee is £15 per annum. Student membership is £7 per annum for age 16+.

St Andrew Society (London) - Scottish Country Dancing

Wimbledon Community Centre,St George's Road Wimbledon London Tuesdays at 8pm 

Telephone: 020 8715 3564
Email: lizbennett@blueyonder.co.uk
Website: www.standrewsoclondon.netne.net
Contact: Elizabeth Bennett

St Andrew Society meets in Wimbledon Community Centre, St George's Road at 8pm every Tuesday evening from the second Tuesday in September until June for Scottish Country Dancing.

Up-Town Entertainments

42 Veals Mead
Mitcham
Surrey
CR4 3SB

Telephone: 020 8640 5413
Contact: Joan Simms

Leads contemporary and street dance classes and modelling for age 9 upwards.

Viva Flamenco

738 Garratt Lane
Wimbledon
London
SW17 0NN

Telephone: 07000 352 636
Fax: 020 8299 6602
Website: http://www.vivaflamenco.com
Contact: Juani Garcia

Leads Flamenco dance classes and performs both locally and nationally.

Wimbledon Reels

Trinity Church Hall
Mansel Road
Wimbledon
SW19 4AA

Website: http://www.wimbledonreels.com/cms/
Contact: Andrew Hudson

Wimbledon Reels is a new Scottish Country Dance group which started in September 2008. It meets on a Tuesday evening from 7.30 - 9.30 at below address.

Theatres

Attic Action

ATTIC Theatre Company (London) Ltd. 
Mitcham Library
157 London Road Mitcham
CR4 2YR

Telephone: 020 8640 6800 
Website: http://www.attictheatrecompany.com

Avalon Theatre Company

3 Chase Side Avenue
Wimbledon
SW20 8LU

Telephone: 020 8543 0997
Email: claregollop@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.avalontheatrecompany.co.uk

Started during WW2 as a sewing circle when the original members decided to do performances to aid the war effort. From there they expanded and continue to perform musicals often with a forty plus cast. This fun company has members with varied age range from 8yrs to 80yrs. New members always welcome.

Best Shot Youth Theatre

Best Shot Theatre
The Studio
1 Queensland Avenue
SW19 3AD

Telephone: 020 8540 1238
Website: http://www.bestshot.org.uk

Carlton Dramatic Society

Rooms C and D 
Wimbledon Community Centre
28 St George's Road
SW19 4DP

Telephone: 020 8542 7493
Website: www.carltondramaticsociety.org 

Local amateur dramatic group which performs three or four plays per year. Open to new members.

Chase Theatre Company

3 Chase Side Avenue
Wimbledon
SW20 8LU

Telephone: 020 8543 0997
Email: claregollop@gmail.com
Website: http://www.chase-theatre-company.com

Formed in 2003, this relatively new group enjoys performing twice a year and would welcome anyone interested in acting or backstage to get in touch. Not a member based company. Check out their website for more information.

Colour House Theatre

Merton Abbey Mills
Watermill Way
London
SW19 2RD

Telephone: 020 8542 5511
Website: http://www.wheelhouse.org.uk

The theatre is in the midst of Merton Abbey Mills, Merantun Way, South Wimbledon near Colliers Wood. Children's shows every Saturday and Sunday. Evening adult shows from Spring. Blues club every Sunday night Monthly Sunday chamber concerts 'Abbeyfest' every summer.

Cygnet Players

Putney Arts Theatre
Ravenna Road
Putney

Telephone: 020 8781 6528
Email: cygnetplayers@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.cygnetplayers.com

Lantern Arts Centre

Off Tolverne Road
Raynes Park
London
SW20 8RA

Telephone: 020 8944 5794
Email: lac@lanternarts.org
Website: http://www.lanternarts.org

The LAC aims to provide an Arts venue for the local community where people of all ages can learn and develop performing arts skills, be involved in a range of theatre projects and provide a space where the local community can have access to professional and amateur performances. Activities include children's theatre clubs from ages 4-18 years, Friday night Cafe Studio- professional performers, Sing and Dance for Fun- informal workshop style singing and dance classes and much more.

Parish Players

St Mary's Church Hall
Church Path
Merton Park
SW19

Website: http://www.stmarysmerton.org.uk/pp.htm

Polka Theatre

240 The Broadway
Wimbledon
SW19 1SB

Telephone: 020 8543 4888
Email: mandy@polkatheatre.com
Website: http://www.polkatheatre.com

We present performances Tuesday to Saturday throughout the year except September.

Box office opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday 11am to 5.30pm

Telephone bookings:
Monday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 6pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm.

The London Jing Kun Opera Association

Telephone: 020 8540 2661
Email: info@londonjingkunopera.co.uk
Website: http://www.londonjingkunopera.co.uk/index_flash.htm

The London Jing Kun Opera Association is a not for profit organisation set up in March 2002 to promote appreciation and practice of Jingju (Beijing Opera) and Kunju (Kun Opera) in the UK. Membership is open to anyone with a genuine interest. Membership fee is £15 per annum. Student membership is £7 per annum for age 16+.

The New Wimbledon Theatre and Studio Theatre

The Broadway
Wimbledon
SW19 1QG

Telephone: 0870 060 6646
Website: http://www.theambassadors.com/newwimbledon/index.html

TRI-ADS (Amateur Dramatic Society)

Holy Cross Hall
Adela Avenue
Motspur Park

Telephone: 020 8942 7069 or 020 8942 3546

TRI-ADS was founded in 1979 and has been providing local residents with entertainment on their doorstep ever since. Although amateurs, we pride ourselves on our professional approach and hope to prove that amateur does not necessarily mean bad! Currently we aim to perform two plays a year. We always need and welcome new members and offer opportunities for actors, directors, technicians and for you, whatever your skills. Experience welcomed but not necessary

Wimbledon Light Opera Society

Telephone: 020 8947 0401
Website: http://www.wlos.org.uk

Wimbledon Light Opera Society is a lively and enterprising society which puts on two shows a year. Recent productions include 'Guys and Dolls', an English version of 'Carmen' and 'Sweet Charity'. The next performances are Stephen Sondheim's 'Sweeney Todd from May 18 - 21 and a musical revue in November. WLOS always welcomes new members - both singers and back stage crew. Vast experience is not necessary - enthusiasm and commitment is. Have a look at our website for more details of how to join us. Lots of people come along to a few rehearsals to see how it goes

Younger Generation

c/o 65 Avenue Road
Streatham
SW16 4HJ

Telephone: 020 8679 9404
Email: diane.rex@blueyonder.co.uk
Website: http://www.youngergeneration.co.uk

The Younger Generation was set us in 1989 to give young people the opportunity the chance to appear on the stage in a professional environment.

Music organisations

Ethnic Minority Centre

The Vestry Hall
336 London Road
Mitcham
CR4 3UD

Telephone: 020 8648 0084
Fax: 020 8648 0148
Contact: Sabitri Ray or Taseem Mohammadally

The Ethnic Minority Centre hosts cultural events

Goan Music Society

104 Brockenhurst Avenue 
Worcester Park
KT4 7RF

Contact: Mr Alfred Rebello (chairman)

The Goan Music Society organises Goan music events and performances

Hill Singers

Telephone: 020 8644 3794
Email: info@hillsingers.co.uk
Website: http://www.hillsingers.co.uk
Contact: Lynne Isaby

The Hill Singers is a long established chamber choir of around 25 voices, that performs three concerts a year. Music performed ranges from 16th century motets, through to Bach, Handel, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams, Britten and John Tavener. New singers are always welcome at our Tuesday evening rehearsals, starting at 7.30 at Raynes park Methodist Church (Lantern Arts Centre), Tolverne Road, SW20.

Irish Association of South London

140 Hartfield Road
SW19 3TG

Telephone: 020 8543 0608
Contact: Thomas Flanagan

The Irish Association of South London hosts a regular programme of Irish music concerts, and other cultural activities.

The LAC aims to provide an arts venue for the local community where people of all ages can learn and develop performing arts skills, be involved in a range of theatre projects and provide a space where the local community can have access to professional and amateur performances. Activities include children's theatre clubs from ages 4-18 years, Friday night cafe studio- professional performers, Sing and Dance for Fun- informal workshop style singing and dance classes, and much more.

Merton Music Foundation

Chaucer Centre
Canterbury Road
Morden
SM4 6PX

Telephone: 020 8640 5446
Fax: 020 8646 6990
Email: admin@mmf.org.uk
Website:-http://www.mmf.org.uk
Contact: John Mander

The MMF is a registered charity that provides a range of music making activities for young people aged 6-21 years. It offers a structured programme of bands, ensembles and orchestras. It also organises a season of high profile concerts and an annual tour abroad.

Morden Park Choral Society

146 Brockenhurst Ave
Worcester Park
Surrey
KT4 7RE

Telephone: 020 8337 4827
Contact: Eddie Dixon

The Morden Park Choral Society is for all those aged 16 and above who enjoy singing. Their repertoire ranges from Gilbert and Sullivan to Schubert. The Society performs an annual season of local concerts.

South London Tamil Welfare Group

36 High Street
Colliers Wood
SW19 2AB

Telephone: 020 8542 3285
Contact: Mr V Kulasingham

The South London Tamil Welfare Group organises a regular programme of Tamil cultural events.

Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra

36 Lancaster Gardens Surbiton
Wimbledon,London 
SW19 5DG

Telephone: 07887 442489
Email: chairman@stoneleighyouthorchestra.org.uk
Website: http://www.stoneleighyouthorchestra.org.uk/
Contact: Julian Hardwick (Chairman)

Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra is now in its 70th year and enjoys a very high reputation for musical excellence. Based in Wimbledon, they rehearse on Sunday afternoons during term time, perform three concerts a year in some of the best concert halls in London and the South-East, and work with leading professional musicians. Stoneleigh also tour regularly in Europe. Totalling over 100 players aged 8 to 18, Stoneleigh comprises two orchestras: the Main Orchestra aimed at players who are the equivalent of grade 6/7 and above, and the Training Orchestra for musicians who are at least grade 4. Auditions for new players are held in January, April and September.

The Academy of St. Mary's Wimbledon

15 Highbury Road
Wimbledon
SW19 7PR

Telephone: 020 8946 7312
Contact: Ursula Edwards

The Academy is well known in Merton and beyond for its thrilling yet stylish performances of choral music and chamber operas. The choir consists of gifted amateur singers. The professional orchestra includes some of the country's most distinguished players, many of whom are local residents. The Academy is separate from St. Mary's Church but gives two or three concerts a year in St. Mary's Church or St. John's Church, Spencer Hill

The Aubokash Club

10 North Gardens
Colliers Wood
SW19 2NR

Telephone: 020 8408 0440
Contact: Ferdaus Bhuiyan

The Aubokash Club hosts Bengali and North Indian classical music events.

The Colliers Wood Chorus

Colliers Wood Community Centre
66/72 High Street
Colliers Wood
SW19 2BY

Telephone: 020 8543 2179
Email: info@collierswoodchorus.org.uk
Website: http://www.collierswoodchorus.org.uk/

Singing for all and singing for fun! The Colliers Wood Chorus meets every Monday evening from 7:45 pm-8:30 pm. The Chorus has a very varied repertoire and organise their own concerts as well as performing at other community events. They are a very social bunch and always make newcomers feel welcome

The Friends of Bolivia

57 Compton Road
Wimbledon
SW19 7QA

Telephone: 020 8947 1957
Fax: 020 8947 1957
Email: friendsofbolivia@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.friendsofbolivia.org.uk
Contact: Marcela de Montes

The Friends of Bolivia is a registered charity established in 1983. It holds cultural events in order to raise funds for development and education projects in aid of the poor children of Bolivia, South America. Membership: Annual subscriptions Individual £8, Students £5, Senior Citizens £5, Corporate £30, Joint Husband & Wife £14, Joint Senior Citizens £8.

West Barnes Singers

35 Netley Gardens
Morden
SM4 6JW

Telephone: 020 8648 3987
Email: candcthompson@gmail.com

The West Barnes Singers are a choir of approximately 60 voices that performs a regular season of concerts in Merton. Their repertoire ranges from early music through Mozart, Handel, Haydn, Schubert, Vivaldi, Rachmaninov to jazz and 20-21st century music. They rehearse on Wednesday evenings at Holy Cross Church, Motspur Park, Adela Avenue.

WCTT Young Actors Company

WCTT Young Actors Company is free to join and applications are welcome from all parts of the community. This year-round programme provides high quality theatre experiences and training for all young people living or attending school in Merton aged 11 – 18 who are interested in drama either as a hobby or a career.

Throughout the year members are able to participate in a variety of skills based workshops, perform in a full-scale production in New Wimbledon Studio theatre and take part in a professional showcase in July. Entry to the company is by audition but dedication and enthusiasm are valued as highly as is acting ability. Auditions for YAC are held every September.

Act1 Ages 11 to 13 (school years 7 – 8)

Act2 Ages 14 to 16 (school years 9 - 11)

Act3 Ages 16 to 18 (sixth-form/college)

Telephone:  020 8545 7909
Email : assist_newwimbledon@yahoo.co.uk
Website: http://www.wctt.org.uk/

Wimbledon Choral Society

Formed in its current guise in the early months of World War I, this auditioned choir has established a fine reputation for putting on concert performances of a professional standard in major venues in and around London. In addition to its own concerts it is often invited to participate in other national events that, in recent years, have included the Royal British Legion’s annual Festival of Remembrance, recordings of Songs of Praise for BBC TV, singing national anthems for Rugby League events at Wembley Stadium, Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, and recording the 1998 World Cup theme for BBC TV.

Telephone: 020 8785 9030
Email: WCSMail@wimbledon-choral.org.uk
Website: http://www.wimbledon-choral.org.uk

Wimbledon Light Opera Society

Telephone: 020 8947 0401
Website: http://www.wlos.org.uk
Contact: Dianne Norton

Wimbledon Light Opera Society is a lively and enterprising society which puts on two shows a year. WLOS always welcomes new members - both singers and back stage crew. Vast experience is not necessary - enthusiasm and commitment is. Have a look at our website for more details of how to join us. Lots of people come along to a few rehearsals before auditioning.

Wimbledon Music Festival

152 Durham Road
West Wimbledon
SW20 0DG

Contact:  Anthony Wilkinson (Festival Director)
Email: anthony@wimbledonmusicfestival.co.uk
Website: www.wimbledonmusicfestival.co.uk
Tel: 020 8946 5078

The International Wimbledon Music Festival is now established as one of the most consistently high-quality music festivals in Europe, presenting 16 days of concerts in November each year, featuring world-class artists specialising in choral, orchestral, jazz, klezmer, chamber music, brass, organ, and spoken word.

Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra

79 Camberley Avenue
Raynes Park
SW20 0BG

Telephone: 020 8879 0174
Fax: 020 8947 1774
Website: http://www.wimso.org.uk

The Wimbledon Symphony orchestra was founded in 1961 giving at least four concerts a year. The conductor is Robert Browning. It has a reputation for adventurous programmes with distinguished soloists, extending over the whole range from Mozart to Stravinsky and beyond. Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays at 7.30 p.m. in Bishop Gilpin School, Lake Road. Wind vacancies are limited, but competent string players are always welcome. The website contains full details of concert dates, venues and a history of the orchestra.

To add your group to our arts directory please contact arts@merton.gov.uk

Contact us

Arts Development Merton
Civic Centre
London Road
Morden
SM4 5DX

Tel: 020 8545 3399
Fax: 020 8545 3237

Email: leisure@merton.gov.uk

This page was last updated on Monday 24 October 2016

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