West Hampstead, London NW6
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The choir started in 2007 with a small group of people singing around the piano in someone's front room.
Outgrowing this, we moved to the Community Room at Emmanuel Church.
It didn't take long before we needed to move out into the main body of the church!
Our Christmas Concerts and Spring Singfests have regularly filled the place, and we have raised a good sum of money for charity too - especially Marie Curie Cancer Care and Christian Aid.
We are particularly fortunate to have had some very special people to help the choir grow:
Alyson led the choir from its modest beginnings through to Summer 2014 when she stepped down from her role as Musical Director.
Words that spring to mind include: charisma, vitality, enthusiasm, musicality. And what a voice!
And that very special talent to develop a Community Choir into a confident, cohesive sound.
Sybil was our accompanist from 2009 to Christmas 2012. How lucky were we? The best contralto of her generation.
Sadly, Sybil passed away early in 2013.
Occasionally we could persuade her to entertain us with a piece at the piano, or to sing in a small ensemble. That glorious voice was so recognisable. She was sympathetic to our amateur efforts, and there was no greater compliment than to see Sybil's lovely smile when we made a piece work.
Anne supported us through a transitional period in 2013/14. It takes someone of special experience, talent and personality to do that.
She has all those qualities, and more. Technical, educative, supportive. The Christmas Concert 2014 was a memorable evening. 'Panis Angelicus' and a thrilling 'Phantom of the Opera' medley. Balanced by a joyous '12 Days of Christmas' with full audience participation. We won't mention the '12 Days AFTER Christmas'!
Anne's website is here.
Our accompanist from 2013-16, Hannah is a hugely accomplished pianist and choral director. Just look at her website here. As well as supporting us on the piano, Hannah happily stepped in as MD too - sometimes both together!
And in 2017, Hannah returned as our MD!
Coming from a distinguished musical family, Nick brought his special talents to the choir as MD from 2015-2017.
He created a new model for our Christmas Concert, and extended our repertoire in spirituals, musical theatre and the classics.
And, most of all, introduced us to some wonderful modern pieces - like Freddie Frahm's 'Two Turtle Songs', and Grayston Ives' 'Canticle of Brother Sun'.
Nick's website is here.