New pop, soul and jazz choirs in Central London. All singers welcome
Pimlico, London

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I've set up three new choir sessions in Central London on Sundays. We've just begun rehearsals, but newcomers are welcome for a few more weeks. There are three sessions:

POP SINGERS: Repertoire from the last 50 years of popular music. Carole King, Take That, Paul Simon, Sting, a million other things. Good for those with wide musical tastes.

JAZZ SINGERS: Close jazz harmony. Inspired by Lambert Hendricks and Ross, Manhattan Transfer, Take Six, New York Voices. Great American Songbook songs by Gershwin, Cole Porter etc, jazz classics, Count Basie, bossa nova, Ray Charles, rearranged pop songs, sometimes a little funky.

SOUL SINGERS: The sound of a gospel choir, but secular songs. From Aretha Franklin to Beyonce, Motown to nusoul. Earth Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys, Marvin Gaye, Mary J Blige.

The rehearsals are at Pimlico Academy, Lupus St.

It's 3 minutes walk from Pimlico tube (which is 3 stops from Oxford Circus on the Victoria line), or 10 minutes walk from Victoria station.

Times are as follows:

10am-12.15 Jazz Singers
12.30-2.30 Soul Singers
2.45pm-4.45pm Pop Singers

Rehearsals are every Sunday, roughly in school term times, except for bank holiday weekends.

You can come to any or all of the sessions.

The choirs are based on the choir I’ve been running for 2 1/2 years, East London Soul Singers. Many people come along and enjoy it, but can’t commit to getting to Stratford on a weekday evening, hence these new sessions.

The video on this ad is ELSS' first gig after 3 months rehearsals.

ABOUT THE CHOIRS

All arrangements are written specifically for the group. Usually the music is in 3 or 4 part harmony. While the arrangements are sometimes more involved than some similar groups, I find singers always rise to the challenge, and the results are worth the effort.

The music is taught by ear (no need to read music). Recordings of each part will be available online for practice in the week.. It’s important to make rehearsals regularly (although we know people get ill, have important unavoidable conflicts etc)

While the focus is on the ensemble, there are many opportunities for soloists.

There will be regular live performances in real music venues.

As important as making music is making friends, and choirs can become communities.

WHO CAN JOIN?

Anyone aged 16 or over and who’s passionate about the music is welcome. The suggested repertoire should help you decide if this is for you.

There’s no formal audition, but you will be expected to be able to sing at pitch. A good voice, and a sense of pitch and rhythm are pretty essential: if you can sing back what you hear, you’re capable.

Previous experience of harmony singing is not essential. Nor is reading music: everything will be taught by ear.

WHAT’LL IT COST ME?

Your first session is free, then there's a charge of £7 per week.
After Easter, I'll be collecting subs termly.

WHO’S IN CHARGE HERE?

I’m Brendan Dowse. I studied for a Masters degree in jazz at the Guildhall, and now I’m an active pianist, singer, arranger, composer etc. I’m a founder member of respected contemporary choir, the London Vocal Project. I’ve taught vocal groups in schools, colleges and universities, and have led East London Soul Singers for 2 1/2 years.

I’M INTERESTED. WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Reply to this ad to register your interest, and turn up on Sunday.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Brendan

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