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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!”

Meet the Peeps – Episode 1: Elli, Bass (and resident blogger)

Welcome to our first Choir Member Interview! Over the coming weeks and months we will be interviewing choir members so that you might have an insight into who we are. First up is Elli, Assistant Choir Leader, talking about why she joined the choir and a bit about her time so far as a member. If you’re not scared away and want to try out en Choir then please feel free to come down to a trial rehearsal or contact us with any queries!

Keeping Connections

Pictured centre, Ruth, Soprano
Credit to Shutter Blade Photography

In this day and age of technology and social media, a decision has been made to move with the times. As you may have seen on our contact us page, we already have a Facebook page, but some of our members registered the concern that they found it hard to connect with each other outside of rehearsals. We wanted to see if getting the group together outside of rehearsals might encourage everyone to make friends not just within their vocal section but across the choir. Soprano, Ruth, bravely volunteered to allow us to invade her home and have a choir social – this was very successful, so there is already another one in the pipeline! Following these events we decided, ‘yes, this social lark look pretty good actually’ so we have spent some time and put together a new Facebook group for members of the choir to put out ideas, suggestions, concerns, or invitations and already it has begun to make us feel like more of a family. Fancy being part of our big choir family? Start by popping down for a free trial rehearsal or contact us with any queries. Next week we visit a rehearsal to give you a sneak peak into what we’ve been up to so far this term!

Look who’s back…back again!

As the new academic year begins, members of the choir are digging out their forgotten folders and searching for pencils as we prepare for the new choir term. We wholeheartedly look forward to seeing all of last year’s members return and hope for some fresh faces too. If you have heard of us or saw us in concert over the summer and want to know more or give en Choir a trial then please feel free to pop down to a free trial rehearsal on Wednesday 12th September, 7:30pm at St. Andrew’s Hall in Whitstable or contact us with any queries. There are absolutely no auditions and we really would like to see some more men so if you are one, or you know one, drag him along too – he’ll be having fun before he knows it!

It’s the Final Countdowwwn!

Choir Member, Chris Denham

This is it ladies and gents! The final week leading to our annual concert next Saturday 21 July.  We are also featuring in BIGMOUTH Chorus’ concert  on Friday 20 July too! Tickets for both events are available online here and on the door (subject to availability). Come on down for a fun, feel good evening or contact us with any queries – see you all there!

She’s Back! And she’s bringing her work with her…

As Emily returns and A Requiem for Crossbones comes to an end, the excitement does not – Emily says, “I’m excited to announce that for the first time one of my artworks is coming to my home town of Ramsgate!! Requiem for Crossbones will exhibit at Ramsgate Festival of Sound 2018 by Ramsgate Arts on Saturday 28 July – Sunday 29 July from 11am-5pm in Albion Place Gardens, on Albion Place.” With this unique new piece from our choir leader coming home, we are all buzzing with anticipation for what this could bring next for her and her career. Good luck!

Roll Up, Roll Up, It’s Nearly July

Yes ladles and gentlespoons, it is that time of year again! Hard copy tickets have officially gone on sale! If you know a member of the choir, ask them to grab your tickets at a rehearsal or contact the choir administrator, Elli to purchase tickets. They are also available on WeGotTickets. Have you been thinking of joining enChoir but not sure, or think it is too late for this choir year? Come and have a listen at this year’s concert and see if you enjoy yourself or contact us with any queries.

Keep those eyes peeled!

Choir Member, Chris Denham

A concert update this week; with choir leader, Emily Peasgood returned from installing her latest work, Requiem for Crossbones, the choir was buzzing with excitement for our final term of the choir year. To add to the excitement, posters and hard copy tickets have been ordered and are on the way so be sure to keep your eyes peeled – there may be a poster going up near you! Sound like a choir you’d like to try? Pop down for a free trial rehearsal or contacts us with any queries.

A break in transmission

Fear not, dear friends, we have not deserted you! We will be back this upcoming week to sing and learn and develop together after our short half term break. This term brings us into the final countdown to our annual concert! Tickets are already available online here and hard copies will be on sale soon – we’ll see you all there!

An Em Based Update – another fascinating feature!

We’ve spoken frequently about our choir leader Emily Peasgood; artist and composer extraordinaire. This time round, she has composed for Merge Festival, in partnership with Bankside Open Spaces Trust and Tate Modern, a piece centred around Crossbones Garden. Speaking about the project, she says, “Established as early as the 17th century, Crossbones is believed to be the final resting place for prostitutes, known as ‘Winchester Geese’, paupers, criminals and children – those who could not afford burial or were deemed unfit for burial in consecrated ground. The identities of those buried within are largely unknown; there are no distinguishable plots or headstones, but instead a cemented surface surrounded by a community garden created by Bankside Open Spaces Trust in collaboration with the Friends of Crossbones”. With this interactive piece set to air from 8th June until 1st July there is a buzz of anticipation around waiting to hear the next unique, orginal and as usual, unusual piece from our talented leader.

With happiness comes healthiness

Some weeks ago we looked into how singing in a choir could help us to psychologically feel better within ourselves and improve our sense of wellbeing. This week we are going to delve into the physiological side of the argument; coming hand in hand with mental wellbeing, our physical health can be hugely impacted by singing in a choir, so here are just some of the benefits. Firstly, whilst “Exercise is one of the few activities in life that is indisputably good for us,” Daniel H. Pink tells us in his book, “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.” “Choral singing might be the new exercise.” It is thought that the practice of singing can increase your lung capacity, regulate your heart beat and increase the rate of release of endorphins (happy hormones). Research undertaken by Cardiff University even uncovered a secret within singing that could improve symptoms of lung cancer and Parkinson’s. A Music Professor Brenville Hancox “established, Skylarks, a choir aimed at people with Parkinson’s Disease. One of the participants in the choir explained how his voice had been strengthened, despite receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson’s five years earlier. Reasons for the improvement have been suggested as deep breathing and the extended use of the vocal chords.” Add all these impressive health benefits to those psychological benefits we discussed previously and singing in a choir sounds like a fantastic idea! You can give it a try at a free trial rehearsal or contact us with any queries.

Sources: CNBC, CMUSE, The Telegraph 

Background reading: City Academy, BBC iWonder