Sleep in Heavenly Peace: Thursday 15th December

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 singtowerhamletstickets@gmail.com – get yours before they’re gone!

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Depart: 16-19th and 23-26th June

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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!

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New Term, New Choir Night!

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!

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Over £2,500 Raised for GrowTH – Merry Christmas Everyone!

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!

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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.

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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.

logo_growthWe 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!)

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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Love from Sing Tower Hamlets x

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Tickets Now Available for our 2015 Christmas Concert!

On Wednesday 16th December we will be performing a Christmas concert as a fundraiser for our friends at the GrowTH night shelter… and tickets are now available!

To book tickets in advance (£8 full price / £6 concessions) just email singtowerhamletstickets@gmail.com to let us know how many you’d like and we’ll send you payment details. Tickets are also available on the door (£10 full price / £8 concessions).

The perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit: tap your toes to some festive favourites, join in with some carol singing, and enjoy a mince pie or two… hope to see you there!

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Sing for Syria – Saturday 24th October

Sing for Syria is a daytime ‘choir in a day’ workshop (10.30am-4.30pm) and evening concert (8pm) taking place at St Paul’s Shadwell on Saturday 24th October, gathering singers from across London and beyond to raise money for Unicef’s vital work in and around Syria. Whether the last time you sang was on a stage or in the shower, we’d love you to join us!

You’ll find all the information you need on the Sing for Syria Facebook event page. To book your place on the workshop, simply email us, and make your donation here: www.justgiving.com/sing-for-syria

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All proceeds from both the workshop and the concert will go to Unicef’s Syria children’s appeal. As Unicef explains on their website:

Syria is one of the most dangerous places on Earth to be a child. Over 14 million Syrian children have been affected by the conflict, which is now in its fifth year. At least half of those children need urgent humanitarian help.

The world has been shocked by the heart-breaking images of children’s bodies washing up on the shores of Europe. This year alone, more than 2,700 people have died trying to reach Europe, most drowning in the Mediterranean.

By far the largest number of refugees are from Syria. In the past three months, 80% of refugees crossing the border between Greece and Macedonia have come from Syria. These children have experienced unspeakable violence and abuse. For some, these horrors are all they’ve known. More than 100,000 Syrian children have been born as refugees since the conflict began.

Children who’ve fled their homes because of fighting are now vulnerable to disease and malnutrition, as well as increasing violence and exploitation – including child labour and child marriage. Too many have lost loved ones, homes and schools.

Children shouldn’t be the victims of war. By donating to Unicef, you can help a child get the help they need to stay safe and strong.

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Summer Colour Concert Raises £2905 for London Youth Charity XLP

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On 15th July 2015 we welcomed some 200 people into the beautiful St James Clerkenwell for our colour-themed concert with Marylebone Community Choir!

The evening’s colourful musical treats ranged from Basement Jaxx’s Red Alert to Counting Crows’ Colourblind, from Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road to The Staves’ Black and White. The concert also featured performances from the incredibly talented Lillie Jo (16) and Trey Qua (19) from XLP’s Arts Showcase – one of the various projects XLP runs in London to promote young people’s achievement.

11755172_10153206490819821_3780357352577738660_n11752039_10153206490789821_6336573096120247807_nIt was great to have XLP’s founder and CEO Patrick Regan with us, who shared so passionately about their work to create positive futures for young people in some of London’s most marginalised communities. To find out more about XLP’s work, visit www.xlp.org.uk.

The final songs of the evening brought together Sing Tower Hamlets and Marylebone Community Choir for joint performances of Coldplay’s Yellow and ELO’s Mr Blue Sky. (We loved working with MCC last summer, and were thrilled to do a repeat performance this year!)

The concert raised a fantastic £2,905.50 for XLP, with ticket sales and donations from the evening being match-funded by Deutsche Bank. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who performed in and came along to the concert for your part in making this happen!

While I can’t claim credit for mashing up KT Tunstall’s Black Horse and a Cherry Tree with The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army, I can only conclude that it was pre-ordained for our concert, given the theme! Here’s Sing Tower Hamlets performing the mash-up to open the second half of the show:

See you after the summer for more singing joy!

STH x

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