New Year’s Resolutions

Singing New Years Resolutions

With the New Year here, it’s time for us all to look back on the year that has passed and figure out what we want from the year ahead.
We’ve spoken a lot about why you should spend time singing and how it can benefit other aspects of your life, from your happiness to your health. So the question then becomes, how do make 2019 your most music year? What New Years Resolutions should we be putting into action? Continue reading “New Year’s Resolutions”

Christmas news – Breaks, Concerts and Carols

As Christmas draws in, it’s looking like time for us to take a short break, but we’re not done just yet. There’s still plenty of thing happening over the winter period to keep you busy and singing until we return on January 9th.

As our friends at BIGMOUTH Chorus finish their term, they will be holding n informal concert on December 18th at Walpole Bay Hotel in Margate. While there wont be a ticket price, donations will be accepted for the choir and Thanet Winter Shelter. Guests will be welcome to attend from 8:15pm Continue reading “Christmas news – Breaks, Concerts and Carols”

Emily scoops up gold at British Composer Awards!

A huge congratulations are in order for our fearless leader, Emily Peasgood, as she picks up the award for Sonic Art at the British Composer Awards.

The award was earned for her work “Halfway to Heaven” which celebrated the rediscovery of a lost Baptist burial ground in Folkestone. The interactive installation was commissioned by the Creative Foundation as part of Folkestone Triennial last year, and was commended by The Times, The Telegraph and Wall Street International, as well as others.

Channeling those interned at the burial site, the work features motion-activated choral pieces featuring narrative elements which explore the relationship between two of the graveyard’s inhabitants. Bringing together a range of disciplines, including sculpture and programming, it’s little wonder Emily’s work was one of the most highly-visited sites during the Triennial.

The awards recognise the art of composition, and the creative talent of composers and sound artists in the UK

Last year, Emily’s works BIRDS and other Stories (2017) and Crossing Over (2016) were nominated at the British Composer Awards, marking the first time an artist saw two nominations in the same category.

All of us at en Choir are incredibly proud of the work Emily does and we’re excited to see her recognised in this fashion. We can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next!

Image © Mark Allan

Pack Up Your Troubles…

Being remembrance week, we’ve been looking a little into how troops kept their morale during war. As it happens, music played and still plays a huge role in the morale boosting of soldiers. These songs did not just feature in the First World War, but also the Second World War, and the Vietnam War (as well as most wars throughout history). Popular choices were ‘Pack up your Troubles in your Old Kit Bag’, ‘We’ll Meet Again’, and ‘House of the Rising Sun’; these and many more songs formed a part of history and keep that history alive when heard. For that, we will remember them.

To follow the shape of the hills

We have been embarking on a new challenge this year with the help of one of our Sopranos to learn and master the ancient art of Shape-Note-Singing. ‘To the Hills (Wester Caputh)‘ written by Brendan Taaffe is one such Shape-Note inspired piece taking on the design and style of this art. This style features shapes rather than notes for singers to follow and sing. Watch this space for a history of Shape-Note-Singing, and keep and ear out for our concert in July at which we shall present our hard work. Fancy trying some of this plus many more styles of music? Come down for a free trial rehearsal or contact us with any queries.

Back to Love, Back to Reality

This week we have been bringing back more songs from our choir-history! ‘Back to Life’ by the talented Soul II Soul and ‘One Love’ by legend, Bob Marley have both been big hits with the choir in the past and they are again now. With everyone foot-tapping and head-bopping along, we’re immensely enjoying this trip down memory lane and look forward to entertaining you with these songs and many more in this year’s concert. Do you want to try these songs amongst countless other great hits as well as some incredible world-songs? Pop down for a free trial or contact us with any queries.

Walk!? How about SING like an Egyptian!

This week we have been learning how to Walk Like an Egyptian!; the song by The Bangles was a hit in 1986 when it was released and to this day remains popular! We love how wacky it is – but we bet you won’t recognise the version we sing! Arranged by the wonderful choir leader, Emily, we sing a swing version with the addition of the world’s most fun instrument – the Kazoo! We can’t wait to learn more of this song and more for the concert this year. If you would like to try this and other fun songs out, pop down for  a free trial 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!