Virtual Choir Video – You’ve Got A Friend

Like many choirs around the world, we were so sad to have to cancel our March 2020 concert because of the coronavirus lockdown! This was going to be a special one, our first performing together with Clapham Community Choir. Sadly, we had to shut down our rehearsals before the two choirs even got to meet one another.

Both choirs have been having their rehearsals online since then, continuing to meet and sing together (to the extent Zoom allows of course). Our choirs mean a lot to us, and we greatly miss gathering together in person week to week to sing. Until such times as that’s possible again… we decided it was time we made our very own virtual choir video! 🎶 💻

This arrangement of You’ve Got A Friend was learnt and rehearsed entirely online, recorded individually in homes, and brought together via the wonders (/occasional nearly-throwing-it-out-the-window frustrations) of modern technology. We hope you enjoy it, and that it perhaps goes a little way to brightening up some of those dark nights we’re all facing in these very strange times.

When you’re down, and troubled…. try singing. It really helps.

Music and lyrics by Carole King |Arrangement and sound editing by Adam Saunders | Video editing by Leanne Sedin

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Sing Tower Homelets – Choir Goes Online 💻🎶❤️

On Thursday 20th March 36 members of Sing Tower Hamlets (and a few most welcome guests!) gathered on Zoom for the inaugural session of Sing Tower Homelets*!

Let’s be honest, it’s no real replacement for being in a room together and making a joyful noise (what could be better?!). But, as we adapt to this strange new world we’re all suddenly living in, we and countless other choirs around the UK / world are getting creative in the face of coronavirus. We can continue as best we can to foster community and joy through singing, to the extent that technology allows!

No, we can’t actually SING TOGETHER over the internet. There is too much delay to sync two voices, let alone 30-odd. But, we can learn parts to new songs by singing along with the leader as they teach harmonies… we can exercise our voices and move and breathe together… we can run known songs through with accompaniment (either a leader playing live at home, or with a pre-recorded track), singing along from the comfort of our living rooms… we can talk through style and sound and technique, workshopping skills and brushing up on details… and we can do all this while seeing our fellow choir members doing the same thing simultaneously! Perhaps most importantly, we can continue to BE TOGETHER. Even if we can’t be a choir per se at this time, we can still be a singing community.

Singers said of the session that it was “very moving and very necessary”… that it “really helped to lift my mood”… that it was “great to see everyone’s beaming faces!”… and my favourite: “quite weird but amazing” 🙂

Some singers fed back that actually it was a bonus to be able to sing their part along the whole time while other parts were learning, given that they were muted. Perhaps we’ll discover other such silver linings to this weird way of doing choir during this time! It strikes me that perhaps having the opportunity to sing together-but-alone in this way might increase people’s confidence in using their own voices, and help their ownership of learning a harmony rather than relying on the person sitting next to them in a group.

In this first online session we started learning Carole King’s beautiful You’ve Got a Friend, arranged and taught by the brilliant Adam Saunders, who’s been running choir this term. We sang, “All you gotta to do is call… and I’ll be there…”, which felt very appropriate for what we were doing. While we can’t be there in person, we can be there together online, and I’ll take that.

And we’re going again, this week on Tuesday 24th March at 7.30pm. If you’d like to join, drop us a line and we’ll send you the meeting link!

In these strange times of social distancing, still we will SING.

* credit to STH founder member Renuka for this name – it is the BEST and so is she.

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New Year, New Choir Term – JOIN US 16/1/20!

Sing Tower Hamlets is back for 2020 starting on Thursday 16th January and we’d love you (YES YOU!) to join us to make a joyful noise in the heart of London’s East End 🎶❤️

The choir is open to EVERYONE – there are no auditions and no requirements – you don’t need to be able to read music, and no prior experience is necessary!

Singing in a choir is good for your physical and mental health… for building community and meeting new people… for growing in confidence and creativity… for learning new skills… for shaking off the worries of the day… and for generally having a great time! Now how’s THAT for ticking a few new year’s resolution boxes?!

It’s free to try out for any first-timers, and we also offer pay-what-you-can pricing alongside our term/drop-in fees if they’d be a barrier for any reason.

Click the links above for more information on term dates, fees, and how to find us. And do get in touch if you have any questions! We hope to meet you soon!

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Over £3000 raised for GrowTH!

2019 was our 7th year in a row raising funds for the brilliant GrowTH night shelter, this time at our packed-out Christmas concert Just Sing a Christmas Song on 12th December 2019.

The gig took its name from a song from Broadway’s Elf the Musical, and also included festive favourites such as Winter Wonderland and Sleigh Ride. We also partied festively with bangers such as Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and Africa, and finished off the evening on an epic audience singalong of All I Want For Christmas Is You!

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The concert raised a massive £3004 for GrowTH! (With match funding from Skyscanner and Deutsche Bank, this total will rise to just over £8000 for this concert, taking our fundraising total for GrowTH to date to £29,471 – amazing!) Thank you so much to everyone who came along to celebrate Christmas with us and made this possible.

GrowTH provides emergency shelter for homeless men and women in the borough, as well as supporting the guests into more permanent housing and jobs. To find out more, visit www.thisisgrowth.org.

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We’re back for 2020 on Thursday 16th January – why not join us this year to have a brilliant time singing and help raise loads of money for charity in the mean time?!

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Just Sing a Christmas Song: 12th December!

Join us at St Paul’s Shadwell on Thursday 12th December for our event of the year: the annual Sing Tower Hamlets Christmas concert raising funds for the Tower Hamlets based GrowTH night shelter!

This will be our seventh year in a row fundraising for GrowTH, having raised over £21,000 to date. We’re really proud to be supporting this brilliant charity again, which provides emergency shelter for homeless men and women for seven months of the year, as well as support into more permanent housing and jobs.

Expect an evening of pop songs, Christmas choir classics, general merriment – and mulled wine / mince pies OBVS. Festive feels guaranteed!

Tickets are £10/£6 in advance (book online at sth-christmas2019.bpt.me) or £12/£8 on the door. Our Christmas concerts are very popular so book now to avoid disappointment!

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New Term Starts 19th September!

Singing in a choir builds community and fosters belonging… it improves your mood and decreases stress, depression and anxiety… has various physical health benefits… helps you grow in creativity and confidence… and of course it’s LOADS OF FUN! So what are you waiting for?!

Join Sing Tower Hamlets on Thursday 19th September for a new term, and help us make a joyful noise in the heart of London’s East End 🎶❤️

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Everyone’s welcome… there are no auditions and no requirements, so no worries 🙂 It’s free to try out for any first-timers, and we also offer pay-what-you-can pricing alongside our term/drop-in fees if they’d be a barrier for any reason.

Click the links above for more information on term dates, fees, and how to find us. We hope to meet you soon!

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N4 Live: Saturday 6th April

On 6th April 2019 we return for a second year to join with Tollington Gospel Choir for an N4 Live community choir special! With sets from both choirs plus two very special joint gospel pieces, as well as relaxed vibes in the beautiful St Saviour’s church and a cash bar, this promises to be a real treat of an evening!

Tickets are £6 in advance and available now from www.n4live.co.uk – join us!

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£2429 Raised for GrowTH this Christmas!

We had a brilliant time at our gig on 13th December – thank you to everyone who came along to celebrate Christmas with us, and the brilliant team at St Paul’s Shadwell for hosting!

The Choir Is So Delightful took the audience on a journey through Christmas classics old and new (via a Broadway hit, some indie pop, and a sea shanty, naturally), as well as through epic singalongs of The 12 Days of Christmas (with actions!) and Fairytale of New York, such fun!

For the sixth year in a row we were raising money for the brilliant GrowTH night shelter, and had a goal of taking our grand total to date over £20K. Well, we did it! Through ticket sales and everyone’s generous donations on the night, the concert raised a total of £2,429.10, which will be almost doubled through generous match funding from Deutsche Bank and Skyscanner. Thank you to everyone involved in making this happen!

logo_growthIn their 2017/18 season, GrowTH provided night shelter and meals for 141 homeless men and women, and helped secure more permanent accommodation for 57. They also provide supported housing in four flats, supporting tenants with job seeking, gaining skills and accessing healthcare. We were delighted to welcome guests and volunteers of the shelter to join us for rehearsals and the concert again this season. To find out more about GrowTH’s work visit www.thisisgrowth.org.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year one and all!

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13th December 2018: The Choir Is So Delightful!

On Thursday 13th December we’ll be performing our annual Christmas concert at St Paul’s Shadwell, raising money for the brilliant GrowTH night shelter for the sixth year in a row!

Join us for an evening of Christmas choir classics (with a few not-Christmas songs thrown in for good measure) and general merriment. Festive feels guaranteed!

Tickets £10/£6 in advance (book online at http://sth-christmas2018.bpt.me) or £12/£8 on the door. Our Christmas concerts are very popular so book now to avoid disappointment!

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Fifth Birthday Gig: Lots to Celebrate!

What a summer! At the height of the heatwave we celebrated five years of Sing Tower Hamlets with a special birthday gig, complete with live band and prosecco all round!

The evening featured some of our favourite songs from our back catalogue, including an epic audience-singalong version of Something Inside So Strong, a song from our debut gig way back in 2013. Check out our YouTube channel for other performances from the night!

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We celebrated highlights of the last five years including more than 100 songs and 300 singers, collaborations with other choirs, appearances at choir festivals and community events, and over £25,000 raised for charity! This total continues to grow as we were able to donate £1130 from ticket sales from the night itself to the brilliant Spitalfields Music. Thank you to everyone who’s supported us over the past five years to make this possible!

A big thank you to the wonderful Rodycloud Photography for capturing the evening so beautifully. Here’s to the next five years!

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