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.
It 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!
We’re performing a couple of times this December, and we’d love you to join us! (I mean, what’s a Christmas choir concert without the mandatory audience carol singing?!)
On Wednesday 10th December we are performing our concert Songs of Joy and Peace* at St Paul’s Shadwell as a fundraiser for the wonderful GrowTH night shelter in Tower Hamlets. Tickets are £8 (or £6 concessions) and can be booked in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We have some excellent treats of Christmas songs to share with you!
Then on Sunday 21st December we will be leading the carols at the St Paul’s own carol service – all welcome!
* Bonus points if anyone can place the lyric reference!
On Wednesday 9th July, Sing Tower Hamlets joined with the brilliant Marylebone Community Choir for their debut joint concert, in aid of The Sick Children’s Trust.
More than 120 people came along to watch the choirs perform at St John at Hackney. Amongst the audience were Alan Booth and Irma Cambron who run Stevenson House, the charity’s home supporting families with sick children at The Royal London Hospital. We are delighted to have raised a total of £2437.46 for Stevenson House, which includes generous match funding from Deutsche Bank. Thank you to everyone who came along to support friends and family in the choirs, and for enabling us to make this donation to such a great charity!
The Sick Children’s Trust was founded in 1982 by two paediatric specialists who believed that having parents on hand during hospital treatment benefited a child’s recovery. Today they have nine ‘Homes from Home’ at major hospitals around the country where families can stay free of charge, for as long as they need whilst their child is undergoing treatment. In the last 30 years they have supported more than 40,000 families. You can find out more about the charity by visiting www.sickchildrenstrust.org.
It was great fun performing alongside Marylebone Community Choir! We met them back in April 2014 when we were both performing at the Southbank Centre’s Chorus Festival – and so began the beginning of a beautiful friendship! This was our first concert together with them – and hopefully not our last!