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.
As the weather turns chilly we are filling our lungs with crisp night air to ensure we give the best we’ve got at our Christmas Concert. Preparations are in full swing – especially as one of our choir members has kindly offered to make us a lovely warm batch of Mulled Wine for the occasion! If I wasn’t already excited about this event, I certainly am now, and I hope you are too, just make sure you bring a plus one to drive you home! Fancy joining us for this fun and merriment? Come on down to a free trial rehearsal or contact us with any queries.
…or should I say Singers and Bell Ringers! Some of us are involved in an event in Canterbury. Organised by our wonderful leader and animateur, Emily Peasgood, the event is being run by Free Range who say, “Featuring specially commissioned pieces and interventions from the Seasalter Singers, the Bedford Handbell Ensemble, Henry Dagg’s virtuoso musical sawing and an interactive performance involving sweets from composer Jason Hodgson, this evening promises to be one of Canterbury’s finest Christmas-themed experimental music events. Prepare to be entertained, surprised, regaled and served… and be there with bells on.” So we are packing our bells and hope to see you there on Thursday 14th December at 7:30pm!
Rather befitting of the windy weather we have been experiencing lately, en Choir are currently learning Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. This is one of the harder songs we are attempting this year but we are well prepared to step up to the challenge and do ourselves proud with it at next year’s Summer Concert (which is already being planned, by the way)! Do you like this song or any others we’ve mentioned in our blogs? Come down to a free trial rehearsal on Wednesdays at 7:30pm or contacts us with any queries.
We are incredibly proud of our choir leader and chief rubber chicken lover! Recently, Emily was nominated for not just once but twice for a British Composers’ Award! She said she was, “very pleased to announce that my works BIRDS and other Stories (2017) and Crossing Over (2016) have been nominated for British Composer Awards. The awards promote the art of composition, recognise the creative talent of composers and sound artists, and bring their music to a wider audience. They are unique in making contemporary music, jazz and sonic art the focus of their annual celebration. Founded by BASCA, The British Composer Awards are sponsored by PRS and presented in association with BBC Radio 3 who provide exclusive broadcast coverage of the awards. The ceremony will take place on 6 December at the British Museum.” We would like to wish Emily the best of luck for the awards ceremony in December.
No, not until Christmas Day! There’s 42 days until the most festive party of them all! That’s right, we are in full preparation for our Friends and Family Concert to be held on 20th December. We like to show off a little to our close ones to show them what we’ve been working on so far this year as well as raise the Christmas spirit with a few festive classics such as ‘Fairytale of New York‘ and ‘Carol of the Bells‘ plus much more. Sound good? Come down for a free trial rehearsal on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 or contact us with any queries; all we ask is enthusiasm and there are strictly no auditions!
We’re back! With well rested throats and clear albeit chilly lungs, we will be roaring back to rehearsals this evening. This term will not only be a continuation of the fun and varying difficulty songs that we talked to you about in previous entries, but also it is the run up to our Christmas party! Starting this evening, we will be learning and rehearsing some more festive tunes. If you’d like to give en Choir a try then feel free to pop along to a free trial rehearsal or contact us with any queries.
Tonight is our last rehearsal for a little while as we take a break over school half term. But never fear! We will be back in force, singing our lungs out in just two short weeks. If you’d like to give en Choir a go then please feel free to attend a free trial rehearsal…just not on Wednesday 25th October! We’ll be back on Wednesday 1st November so come on down or contact us with any enquiries.
We have recently received news that an anonymous source has made a generous donation to en Choir! This has meant that sheet music for our new repertoire is now part funded and the cost has been lowered for our members. Needless to say everyone is very excited by this news as well as exceedingly grateful to our donor who has elected to remain anonymous. If you’d like to try this new repertoire with a fun and exciting choir please feel free to pop down for a free trial or contact us with any queries!
Have you heard? The official photos from this year’s annual concert are now available for viewing! Our awesome photographer, Ren Smith, did a marvellous job of capturing both our final rehearsal and the concert. So if you’d like to see a bit of what we do then please feel free to have a browse! If you’d like to come to a free trial session then you’re welcome to attend on a Wednesday evening at 7:30pm or contact us with any queries.