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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!”

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Dave the Dog – he thinks he’s people!

Mascot Dave was getting involved with us last week, even helping Choir Administrator, Elli, to read her music. Dave is with us every week and loves to greet all the choir members before settling down in his bed to watch us sing! Would you like to meet Dave and give en Choir a try? Come to a free trial rehearsal or contact us with any enquiries.

Roll up, roll up!

Tickets for en Choir in Concert 2017 are officially on sale! Like the sound of en Choir? Come and see us in action on Saturday 22 July at St. Alphege Church on Whitstable High Street (opposite the Playhouse). Doors open at 7pm with the concert running from 7:30-9:30pm, including the interval in which refreshments will be available. Tickets are available online from WeGotTickets, in hard copy from Elli (call or text 07481140833) or on the door, subject to availability at £8 per person or £6 per concession and children under 12 go free! If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Great Balls of Fire!

Choir Member, Stephen Sage

We need your fiery balls! As much as our lady members are marvellous, we at en Choir are struggling to give our sound the proper oomph that it deserves. Have you ever listened to a song without a good bass line? It sounds rather peculiar because as choir leader Emily Peasgood says, “Basses add Beef”. For this reason, we are putting out a plea to all the men in Whitstable and the surrounding areas. en Choir is a fun way to spend a Wednesday evening. There is no audition and no need for a musical background, all we ask is for enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. If you’d like to know more, please contact us or come down for a free trial session at 7:30pm on Wednesday evening at St Andrew’s Church Hall in Whitstable.

Hit the road, Jack!

Excited is an understatement as to how en Choir are feeling about trying out our brand new song! We are about to learn ‘Hit the Road, Jack‘ by Percy Mayfield but with a twist: choir leader Emily Peasgood has an experimental new technique for the choir this week so we are all looking forward to seeing how it goes. If you would like to give en Choir a try then please come along or contact us with any queries.

Spare a few birds from the Flock?

Some of our members went to Turner Contemporary in Margate on Saturday 11th March to perform Birds and Other Stories, a composition by choir leader Emily Peasgood. The notes sung were worked into a drawing known as a graphic score, pictured to the right, and was created by Emily and illustrator, Joe Inkpen. The performance was a tremendous success with a large audience and we are all waiting with baited breath to see what our talented leader does next! Please feel free to contact us with any queries.

It’s raining men! Or not…

Derek Ward, Jon Turnbull, Chris Denham, Freya Joiner, Richard Maxted and Elli Rudd

We at en Choir are desperately in need of men for our bass section. Last week, keen volunteer altos Freya and Elli helped to beef up the male voices and even got into character with some facial decorations! If you know of any men who might be interested or you’d like to have a go yourself then just show up or contact us with any enquiries.

en Choir are going bananas!

Photograph: Liz Crudgington

Last week we started learning an unusual arrangement of I Want You Back arranged by en Choir leader Emily Peasgood. With ‘bananas’ in the lyrics and strangely fun vocal techniques we love our new song, as well as others we are learning including: River of Dreams by Billy Joel and When Doves Cry by Prince. Come along – we always accept new members. Just show up on the night or contact us if you have any questions!