The Fellowship and Star
In July 2019 Lewisham Music moved to The Fellowship and Star in Bellingham where a major Heritage Lottery funded development in association with Phoenix Community Housing has brought about the creation of a new cultural centre for the community and a new base for the charity’s operation.
The Fellowship and Star is a Grade II listed pub at Randlesdown Road, Bellingham, London SE6 3BT and is steeped in history.
Built in 1923–24, the pub originally opened its doors as The Fellowship Inn. Under that name, it hosted gigs by bands including Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, and was used as both a gym and a home by boxer Henry Cooper in the run-up to his 1963 fight against Muhammad Ali.
The building reopened in June 2019 as The Fellowship and Star with the pub fully restored along with its cinema, performance hall and community space, and we now occupy two floors above the pub which include rehearsal spaces, training rooms and a music production studio.
Lewisham Music’s area of the building is home to 5 creative spaces. The rooms are almost ready now and are named after well-known musicians or groups from the Borough. All these artists/groups have given this initiative their blessing and will come and officially open the rooms once we have our rescheduled launch event.
This will help Lewisham Music connect with the industry, showcase local talent, and provide positive role models for young people attending programmes.
Music Production suite
Named after the Grime-MC and producer from Brockley.
RAY BLK ROOM
Band rehearsal room
Named after the soul/R&B artist who was born in Nigeria but grew up in Catford.
THEON CROSS ROOM
Band rehearsal room
Named after the Tuba player and composer and one of the key players in London’s thriving young jazz scene. Theon grew up near Bellingham and is a Lewisham Music alumni.
HANNAH KENDALL ROOM
Instrumental tuition/composition break-out room
Named after the contemporary classical composer who is based between Hither Green and New York.
Large choir/training/meeting room
Named after the legendary choir based at nearby Sedgehill School.