We’ve had a great time performing at a couple of brilliant choir festivals – Voices of London and Chorus – in the last couple of weeks!
On Tuesday 20th June we joined four other choirs for the Voices of London Festival‘s community choir concert at St James Paddington. This was our debut performance at this festival, and we loved it so much! It was so great to meet and enjoy performances from Islington Community Choir, the Union Chapel Singers, Collier’s Wood Chorus, and the Ipswich Hospital Singers. Joining together at the end of the concert for a mass performance of Elbow’s One Day Like This was really special.
Then on Sunday 2nd July we were part of Choirs Take the Stage at the Southbank Centre’s Chorus Festival 2017. Bringing together choirs of all shapes and sizes and genres, the festival is a brilliant celebration of all things vocal. This is the third time we’ve performed at Chorus – and we love it! Here’s a post-performance group shot from the Mandela Statue stage in the sunshine…
What a joy to be a part of these two brilliant festivals – thank you for having us Voices of London and Chorus!
And there’s more! Though we’re not performing at Voices Now this weekend, some of us will be going along to enjoy more singing performances and workshops at the Roundhouse in Camden. Get yourself along, maybe we’ll see you there!
We’re excited to be teaming up with The Petting Zoo Indie Pop Choir to perform in aid of The Choir With No Name this April!
On Thursday 20th April we’ll be performing together at the Exmouth Market Centre (24 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE), with a set from each choir and a couple of joint pieces too. Details below – we’d love to see you there!
We had such a great time performing at last week’s Sleep in Heavenly Peace Christmas concert at St Paul’s Shadwell! The church was packed out with more than 50 singers, some 200 audience, and all the festive feels 🙂
The concert was a fundraiser for the brilliant GrowTH night shelter, and raised more than £3200 to support their work in Tower Hamlets. This year we also ran a raffle and silent auction increasing the funds raised by almost a third, bringing the grand total donated to GrowTH to £3202.19 – a massive thank you to everyone who came along and contributed to this, and to everyone who helped make it happen!
This is our fourth year in a row raising money for GrowTH at Christmas (see 2015, 2014 and 2013!) and we’re so proud to be working with this brilliant charity. This year our rehearsals coincided with St Paul’s Shadwell hosting the night shelter, so we were also able to invite guests from the shelter to join us for rehearsals, and we loved having them with us.
GrowTH’s main project is an emergency night shelter which provides immediate shelter and meals for homeless men and women, as well as assistance in securing more permanent longer-term accommodation, operating for seven months of the year. In their 2015/16 season, GrowTH provided shelter for 145 homeless men and women, and helped secure more permanent accommodation for 56. They also provide supported housing for formerly homeless men and are developing social enterprises to assist guests towards mainstream employment. To find out more, visit www.thisisgrowth.org.
Thank you to Dan McCurry and Pia Codina for their beautiful photos of the concert, to everyone who donated auction and raffle prizes, and to St Paul’s Shadwell for hosting us.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year one and all!
Our main Christmas concert of the season – Sleep in Heavenly Peace – is coming soon!
Join us on Thursday 15th December (8pm) at St Paul’s Shadwell church for an evening of singing and merriment, guaranteed to warm the festive cockles on a cold December night! There’ll be seasonal refreshments, a silent auction, and of course a good old Christmas singalong! The evening is a fundraiser for the brilliant GrowTH night shelter – 100% of ticket sales will be donated (as well as any money raised from the auction).
To book tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org – get yours before they’re gone!
We’re super excited to be a part of the incredibly ambitious DEPART taking place in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park this month!
The production is part of the Spitalfields Music 2016 Summer Festival and the LIFT Festival. From the Spitalfields Music website:
Grasp the ungraspable… Circus and music to guide you through the underworld.
Haunting sights and sounds will seduce you down a path punctuated by unexpected encounters as you weave through the space between life and death in this East End cemetery…
Led by Yaron Lifschitz and his internationally acclaimed company, Circa and with a creative team including the electronic musician Lapalux, this ethereal collaboration brings circus artists, choral singers, designers and musicians together for a summer night full of surprises.
Performances run 16-19th June and 23-26th June – all dates are great times to go, but if you’re a particular SingTH fan then you’ll see us the second week 🙂
Tickets are available on the Spitalfields Music website HERE – get them before they’re gone!
We are feeling refreshed after a term off and ready to rock back into some summer singing! We’re SO looking forward to being back together and look forward to welcoming members old and new for our new term which starts up again on Thursday 28th April.
That’s right, while Wednesdays have served us well for the past three years, our new term brings with it the start of choir on THURSDAY evenings!
The Summer 2016 term will run for 10 weeks, starting Thursday 28th April with weekly sessions through to Thursday 7th July (except for Thursday 2nd June where we will break for half term). Do get in touch if you have any questions!
We had an absolute blast at our ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ concert on Wednesday 16th December. With more than 60 singers and some 250 audience, we packed out St Peter’s Bethnal Green with festive fun – and raised more than £2500 for GrowTH in the process!
Featuring festive favourites such as Merry Christmas Everyone (obvs) and Fairytale of New York, some lesser known Christmas songs such as Mary Had a Baby and Mary Did You Know, and a little Joyful Joyful thrown in for good measure (because who doesn’t love Sister Act 2?!), the concert also showcased the amazing talent of three Year 11 girls from Bishop Challoner school. They absolutely brought the house down with their performances of Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and a mash-up of Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and Let It Snow.
It has been a great pleasure for us to support the amazing work of GrowTH over the past three years with our Christmas concerts (see 2014 and 2013!). GrowTH is a brilliant charity based in Tower Hamlets, providing emergency night shelter and meals, as well as support into more permanent accommodation and jobs, for homeless men and women. In their 2014/15 season they provided shelter for 151 guests, and will do similarly in the current season they’re in. You can find out more about the night shelter here.
We are delighted to have raised a total of £2569.52 for GrowTH with this concert – huge thanks to everyone who performed, came along, and helped make it happen!
Check out one of the performances from the concert…
You can see more photos on our Facebook page, and more videos on our YouTube channel! (Thank you, Peter Anderson!)
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
Love from Sing Tower Hamlets x