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 know that singing makes us happy – did you?

Did you know that singing in a choir makes you feel better in yourself? Now, we’re biased, of course, but let’s have a look at some research from those who aren’t. Research published by the University of Oxford and the Cambridge University Press has shown that “people feel more positive after actively singing than they do after passively listening to music or after chatting about positive life events.” The researchers have put this down to the release of ‘happy’ hormones such as oxytocin and dopamine as well as reducing stress and decreasing blood pressure. Even a journalist from the Independent, Simmy Richman, who was invited to join Chaps Choir for a time to experience this first hand said that, “seeing the effect everyone’s voices were having left me quite overcome” and went as far as to say that he noticed his, “four-year-old son has been told that he can come and watch me sing and his excitement is contagious. It occurs to me how little our children see of us outside of our role as their parents. When we go out to work, we close the door on them or drop them off at school. They have little or no tangible idea of what it is we do when we get there. The knowledge that my son will see me in an entirely fresh context, taking my part in a public performance, makes me realise, momentarily, what it must feel like for the David Beckhams of this world. Hey kiddo, this is just one of the things your old man can do. Come and watch.” Sound interesting? Why not put the research to the test yourself and come for a free trial rehearsal or contact us with any queries.

Research: University of Oxford, Cambridge University Press, The Independent.

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.

Any Way the Wind Blows…We’ll Blow Right Back!

Even as the weather stays chilly we keep fighting our way to rehearsals and as promised, here is an update on our toughest challenge yet: Bohemian Rhapsody is nearly complete! You read that right, we are nearly there with plenty of time to spare which means we have another 16 rehearsals to polish and perfect this piece as well as many others so that by the time you hear it at our annual concert it will blow your socks off! Are you interested in blowing socks? Come down for a free trial or contact us with any queries!

We’ll Bring Him Home…

Next week we start our latest challenge as we begin to learn a new piece in aid of this year’s annual en Choir in Concert. This new venture is into the world of French Culture as we traverse the musical myriad of ‘Bring Him Home’ as heard in Les Miserables. Whilst this may be challenging, as a choir we hope to learn this piece inside out and back to front so that we may blow you away in July. Sound like something you’d like to try? Come down to a free trial or contact us with any queries.