We’re Back, Baby!

Happy New Year! To celebrate surviving the festivities of the Christmas break, we will be back on Wednesday 10th January to begin preparations for July (we like to wish the year away!). Singing some of the songs featured in our Family and Friends Party, we will also be adding a whole host of new material for our annual Concert. Fancy having a try? Come down for a free trial rehearsal on Wednesday at 7:30pm or contact us with any queries.

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!”

Merry Christmas, One and All!

Well here we are, our final meeting of the year! We will be ending 2017 with a celebration of Christmas and the music that we’ve learnt so far at our family and friends party on Wednesday 20th December at 7:30pm. Not to worry, though – we will be back on 10th January for more singing, fun, and laughter…until then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

It’s the Final Countdown!

This is it! One and we will be hosting the most festive event of the year! We are all super excited to be part of the en Choir Christmas Concert 2017, particularly as this year we will be gaily singing our jolly collection of seasonal tunes in addition to showing off some of the hits we have learnt so far this year; so come on down on Wednesday 20th December at 7:30pm for fun, laughs and musical merriment or contact us with any queries.

Better Wrap Up – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

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.

Songs and Dongs!

…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!

Any Way the Wind Blows

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.

Did you hear?

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.

42 Days to Go!

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!

The Boys (and Girls) Are Back in Town!

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.