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Welcome to en Choir!

en Choir leader Emily Peasgood

en Choir is an informal, non-audition and diverse choir for men and women from all walks of life to socialise and have fun while singing contemporary songs together. You don’t even need to think you can sing as my job is supporting you in realising that you can. We currently have 60 members aged 14-83 and welcome new members all year round.

I formed en Choir in 2011 as an outlet for my more unusual musical arrangements of pop and soul songs and I am fortunate that our  Continue reading “Welcome to en Choir!”

We’ve been listening…thanks, everyone!

We like to ensure that all our members and audiences alike enjoy their experience with en Choir to no end; this is why we encourage reviews on our Facebook page as well as offering the opportunity to leave feedback in our Feedback Box at rehearsals. We thought it was high time you knew for certain that we do listen: we were given the feedback that more people liked sheet music, if not to read then to at least be able to follow the pattern of the notes. Sheet music is now available for nearly all of the songs we sing. In addition, we were told by several that there were certain pieces of our repertoire that just weren’t that popular; so, to alleviate the possibility of this happening, we set up an online vote so that the choir members could pick which songs they wanted to learn so this year we are singing those songs with the highest votes. It would be impossible to pick an entire repertoire that absolutely everyone like but we’ll try to come as close as we can! In return for us acting upon your feedback, we have had reviews from several past and current members to say that en Choir is “a really fun choir” with a “friendly bunch of people” who sing “a good mix of songs”. One reviewer went as far as to say we are the “Highlight of my week!” Thank you everyone for your feedback, keep it coming! Does en Choir sound like a fun pastime you’d like to try? Come down for a free trial rehearsal Wednesday 18th April or contact us with any queries.

Happy Easter!

Another term has come and gone for us at en Choir, and as fast as this year is going, we’ve had lots of fun already with plenty more to come! Whilst we are taking a nice two week break from rehearsals, you can still look forward to your weekly read with our blogs. As for now, we hope the Easter Bunny brings you some lovely surprises (and not too much rain!) and we’ll look forward to seeing all of you at our first rehearsal back on Wednesday 18th April.

We’re Flying among Pickets!

Photo by Robert Day

We are very excited that this week we will be playing host to Simon Foster from The Flying Pickets! He is running a workshop with us that aims to improve how we sing as a group whilst specifically focusing on one of the songs featuring in this year’s concert – Fast Car by Tracy Chapman. Sound like something you’d like to try? Come down for a free trial rehearsal or contact us with any queries.

She’s gone and done it again then, hasn’t she, whoops!

She, of course, being our ever-striving, ever-smiling, practically effervescent choir leader, Emily Peasgood; who only last night presented members of the public with VOICE100! This piece, commissioned by POW! Thanet was designed to celebrate 100 years since women were granted the vote. POW! Thanet say, “Featuring the recorded voices of 100 children and adults who share their experiences, this powerful and provocative artwork is at the very heart of POW!” Along with this installation, many of our choir members as well as our sister choir BIGMOUTH Chorus sung an anthem which we were incredibly proud to be a part of. This sort of happening just goes to show that the power of women, to this day, continues to grow.

Any Way the Wind Blows…We’ll Blow Right Back!

Even as the weather stays chilly we keep fighting our way to rehearsals and as promised, here is an update on our toughest challenge yet: Bohemian Rhapsody is nearly complete! You read that right, we are nearly there with plenty of time to spare which means we have another 16 rehearsals to polish and perfect this piece as well as many others so that by the time you hear it at our annual concert it will blow your socks off! Are you interested in blowing socks? Come down for a free trial or contact us with any queries!

We’ll Bring Him Home…

Next week we start our latest challenge as we begin to learn a new piece in aid of this year’s annual en Choir in Concert. This new venture is into the world of French Culture as we traverse the musical myriad of ‘Bring Him Home’ as heard in Les Miserables. Whilst this may be challenging, as a choir we hope to learn this piece inside out and back to front so that we may blow you away in July. Sound like something you’d like to try? Come down to a free trial or contact us with any queries.

en Choir’s back, alright!

Choir Member, Chris Denham

“Now throw your hands up in the air! And wave’em around like you just don’t care, and if you wanna party let me hear you yell, ‘Cause we’ve got it goin’ on again!” That’s right everyone, we are back on Wednesday 21st February with more of our melodic grooving. We’ll be hitting the ground running, continuing to work on our challenge of Bohemian Rhapsody but also revisiting some old favourites such as Sweet Child of Mine and True Colours. If you’d like to try out en Choir then feel free to pop down to a rehearsal for a free trial or contact us with any queries – see you all there!

Gone, but not forgotten…

Well, we are disappearing for a bit – but not long! Next week is half-term so while the kids are taking a break, so are we! Have a lovely St. Valentine’s Day and we’ll be back on Wednesday 21st February for more funky, soulful fun! If you’d like to give en Choir a try, why not come down to our first rehearsal after half term and have a free trial. Just turn up at 7:30pm or contact us with any queries.

I’m believin’ in California Dreamin’

From bewildering arrangements to classic hits, we’ve started a new path down the road to dreaming of California! This year, to add to our ever mounting repertoire, we are now learning fun and fruity ‘California Dreamin” by The Mamas & The Papas. Know this song or some of the others we’ve mentioned?
Come on down for a free trial session or contact us with any queries.