en Choir are a contemporary choir, originally brought together to sing choir leader Emily Peasgood's arrangements of pop and soul songs, they have grown to over 60 members aged 14-90 years old.
The choir aim to bring together a diverse group of people from the local community and welcome all voices, styles and abilities. No previous experience or the ability to read sheet music is necessary, no one is auditioned, songs are taught by ear and with lyric sheets, and rehearsal parts are provided on the choir website. Although they specialise in singing pop and soul music, the choir enjoy a wide variety of music including world music, jazz, r n b, blues, rock, classical and latin songs.
Current, fun and progressive, en Choir are completely accessible. During rehearsals choir members are treated to regular mini vocal technique sessions whilst learning a varied repertoire. The choir are non-religious but often described as ‘gospel-sounding’ due to the energy and uplifting feel-good nature of the songs they sing: songs that have been especially tailored for the choir.
Leader / Baton: Emily Peasgood
Year Choir was Formed: 2011
Rehearsals: Wednesday, 7.30-9.30pm
Rehearsal Venues: St Andrews Church, Grimshill Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4LH
Music Reading Ability: No
Age Range: Adult
Cost: Termly price (12 sessions) is £80 full price, £70 concession, £60 students. Weekly fee is £9 full, £8 concession, £5 students. Partners can attend for half price and we have a number of bursaries so members can attend at no cost if in financial difficulty.
Payment Frequency Weekly or Termly
Term: 3 terms per year
Time Commitment: None as such - members can come when they are able to during September-December and January-April terms, but more regular attendance is expected in the lead up to our annual concert.
How Many Active Members: 65
Are Concerts Performed?: Yes
How Many (concerts)?: 3
When, Generally?: We perform our annual concert in July of each year, our informal concert for family and friends near Christmas, 1 charity or community event per year, and also perform in smaller groups for weddings and comedy events.
Free or Ticketed: Both
Are Competitions Entered?: No
Regular Musical Collaborators: We have a house band who accompany the choir in the summer term and at the annual concert. We also have a guest musician working with the choir on 2-3 occasions per year and previous sessions have included a beat boxer, rapping workshop, other choir leaders, movement workshops and percussion.
Joining Process: Just show up, or email Emily on firstname.lastname@example.org
Member of any forums?: Canterbury Arts Council
Who funds the choir?: The choir is funded by members
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