en Choir is an informal, non-audition choir for people from all walks of life to socialise and have fun while singing together. en Choir was formed in 2011 by composer and sound artist Emily Peasgood who creates music and sound installations for large groups of singers. en Choir is currently led by Emily Peasgood, singer-songwriter Kate Harwood and assistant choir leader, Elli Rudd.
“I formed en Choir in 2011 as an outlet for my unusual arrangements of pop and soul songs that are tailored specifically to the singers in en Choir. Members also have the opportunity to learn and perform my compositions and sound installations and perform at comedy events under our alter ego The Seasalter Singers. Since forming, en Choir have grown from strength to strength. en Choir perform sell-out concerts each year, debuted on Jo Hook’s album have even recorded their own CD. en Choir is like no other choir I have led for more reasons than the originality of the music alone. Some of the words members use to describe en Choir are: inclusive, friendly, innovative, bonkers, enjoyable, inspirational, fun and a bit silly. Each week we laugh, sing, learn and make new friends. I have led choirs since 2005, lead BIGMOUTH Chorus in Margate, and I am currently completing my PhD in composing music for community choirs. Group singing is a great passion of mine”.
Previous projects Emily has created include LIFTED -a composition for a choir of Kent-based singers to perform inside public lifts- and more recently, Crossing Over. Crossing Over explores the migration crisis and premiered at Turner Contemporary in November 2016 by singers from the local community and the recorded voices of 303 people who answered the question “what does ‘home’ mean to you?”
en Choir is fun, innovative, inspirational, a bit silly and welcoming to all aged 14 and over. Emily says: “Anyone is welcome to attend en Choir. You don’t need experience or musical training and you don’t even need to think you can sing. My role is to support you in realising that you can. All you need is a willingness to try and a sense of fun”. Click here for more information about joining.
The en Choir Band
The en Choir band accompany en Choir in their annual concert. Band members are hand picked from the finest musicians in the South East. Previous band members include: Francis Knight on piano, Nev Willis on guitar, Andee Price and Akos Hasznos on bass and Chris Wong, Matt Hodge, Shan Chana, Phil Wilson and Colin Lovatt on percussion.
Each year Emily invites guest two musicians to lead members of en Choir in a workshop. Previous workshops include: singing and samba with Samba Pelo Mar, beat boxing with Brendan Power, rapping with Harry Shotta, singing and percussion with Josefina Cupido, body percussion with Pedro Consorte and music sight reading with Kate Harwood.