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.

Progress Report!

Hello all! We wanted to update you on some key developments in our concert preparations – just to make you even more excited! We’ve started inviting members of the choir to try out singing solos to see if they’d like to in the concert – these will be decided for certain at the start of June so they can be perfected. We only have one song left to start, all others are already in progress or learnt so we’re very close to ready on the musical side. Finally, tickets and posters are in the process of being designed for this year’s concert; tickets are already for sale online and hard sales will be available from June. All is on the way to completion and we hope to see you all there on Saturday 21st July!

We’re back, Folks! And here’s what’s to come up…

That’s right, everyone! We are back for another fun and musical term of en Choir rehearsals and it looks like it’s going to be a scorcher! We’ll be cracking down on our long standing tunes like Sweet Child of Mine and putting the finishing touches to our new repertoire such as Bohemian Rhapsody and Bring Him Home. But this term, we’re also going to be looking at some of the more philosophical aspects of being in a choir – next week we’ll be focusing on the benefits of singing in a choir. If you’d like to learn practically about these benefits then pop down to one of our rehearsals for a free trial or contact us with any queries.

We’ve been listening…thanks, everyone!

We like to ensure that all our members and audiences alike enjoy their experience with en Choir to no end; this is why we encourage reviews on our Facebook page as well as offering the opportunity to leave feedback in our Feedback Box at rehearsals. We thought it was high time you knew for certain that we do listen: we were given the feedback that more people liked sheet music, if not to read then to at least be able to follow the pattern of the notes. Sheet music is now available for nearly all of the songs we sing. In addition, we were told by several that there were certain pieces of our repertoire that just weren’t that popular; so, to alleviate the possibility of this happening, we set up an online vote so that the choir members could pick which songs they wanted to learn so this year we are singing those songs with the highest votes. It would be impossible to pick an entire repertoire that absolutely everyone like but we’ll try to come as close as we can! In return for us acting upon your feedback, we have had reviews from several past and current members to say that en Choir is “a really fun choir” with a “friendly bunch of people” who sing “a good mix of songs”. One reviewer went as far as to say we are the “Highlight of my week!” Thank you everyone for your feedback, keep it coming! Does en Choir sound like a fun pastime you’d like to try? Come down for a free trial rehearsal Wednesday 18th April or contact us with any queries.

Happy Easter!

Another term has come and gone for us at en Choir, and as fast as this year is going, we’ve had lots of fun already with plenty more to come! Whilst we are taking a nice two week break from rehearsals, you can still look forward to your weekly read with our blogs. As for now, we hope the Easter Bunny brings you some lovely surprises (and not too much rain!) and we’ll look forward to seeing all of you at our first rehearsal back on Wednesday 18th April.

We’re Flying among Pickets!

Photo by Robert Day

We are very excited that this week we will be playing host to Simon Foster from The Flying Pickets! He is running a workshop with us that aims to improve how we sing as a group whilst specifically focusing on one of the songs featuring in this year’s concert – Fast Car by Tracy Chapman. Sound like something you’d like to try? Come down for a free trial rehearsal or contact us with any queries.

She’s gone and done it again then, hasn’t she, whoops!

She, of course, being our ever-striving, ever-smiling, practically effervescent choir leader, Emily Peasgood; who only last night presented members of the public with VOICE100! This piece, commissioned by POW! Thanet was designed to celebrate 100 years since women were granted the vote. POW! Thanet say, “Featuring the recorded voices of 100 children and adults who share their experiences, this powerful and provocative artwork is at the very heart of POW!” Along with this installation, many of our choir members as well as our sister choir BIGMOUTH Chorus sung an anthem which we were incredibly proud to be a part of. This sort of happening just goes to show that the power of women, to this day, continues to grow.