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Summer Choral Weekend, Cambridge – 31 August to 1 September 2019

This event has now taken place.  40 singers spent the weekend in Cambridge, learning a wide variety of pieces from the 15th to 20th centuries.  Keep an eye on this website for details of future workshops and singing weekends Our popular Choral Weekend Workshop was held at Christ’s College [...]

By |2019-09-11T20:56:45+00:00May 11th, 2019|Season 2019 - 2020, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Summer Choral Weekend, Cambridge – 31 August to 1 September 2019

Research into the barriers to joining a choral society? Please help by completing this survey

Making Music is the UK’s number one organisation for leisure-time music, with a membership of over 3,500 groups representing around 190,000 music makers across the UK. The Hampstead Chorus is a member of Making Music and we benefit greatly from their advice (for instance on licensing and gift aid) and their insurance cover for groups [...]

By |2019-03-20T14:52:22+00:00March 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Research into the barriers to joining a choral society? Please help by completing this survey

What happens inside when we sing?

This BBC magazine article explores what happens to us when we sing and explores how singing, particularly communally, can benefit our mental health.  It explains how singing can be a form of communication which we can access even when we feel shy or insecure.    

By |2019-03-01T08:46:23+00:00March 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What happens inside when we sing?

Autumn Term 2018 – Brahms Requiem

Hampstead Chorus's Autumn term will begin on Wednesday 5th September when we will start rehearsing Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem (German Requiem), which we will be singing in its original German version.  Our concert, accompanied by professional soloists and orchestra as usual, will be on Saturday 1st December at 7.30pm in the [...]

By |2018-12-01T22:16:59+00:00August 19th, 2018|Season 2018 - 2019, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Autumn Term 2018 – Brahms Requiem

Come and Sing in aid of Marie Curie – 27 January 2018

This event has  now taken place.  Thanks to all those who came to sing or to hear the concert and to the musicians who contributed their time - with your help we raised over £3,000 for Marie Curie. Simon Walton had the following to say about the day: I heard lots of comments from [...]

By |2018-04-20T07:34:26+00:00December 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Come and Sing in aid of Marie Curie – 27 January 2018

Summer Workshop – feedback on September’s event

Following our successful workshop in September, we are beginning to think about planning for next year's event.  We will be asking for an indication of numbers over the next few weeks and will be posting a sign up form so that potential singers can let us know they intend to come.  We were delighted [...]

By |2017-10-16T16:55:30+00:00October 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Summer Workshop – feedback on September’s event

Practice Aids – Autumn 2017

Faure Requiem and Poulenc Gloria The following learning aids are available for these pieces: Cyberbass www.voiceparts.com has midi files of both the Poulenc and the Faure. www.johnfletchermusic.org  is a very helpful site which has midi and mp3 files for all voice parts for both the Poulenc and the Faure.  Before using this site you need [...]

By |2018-01-10T21:46:20+00:00October 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Practice Aids – Autumn 2017

BBC celebrating British Choral Singing

BBC Radio 4 is celebrating the wonderful British tradition of choral singing in a series by Roderick Williams (@Sviceridor) - episodes can be found here and are well worth listening to. In his programme on singing for pleasure he says: "It's a story of how ordinary people have used singing to take ownership of our [...]

By |2017-10-04T16:15:07+00:00October 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on BBC celebrating British Choral Singing

London Premiere of James Francis Brown’s “The Heavens and the Heart”

Autumn Programme announcement Hampstead Chorus has recently agreed that its Autumn programme will include the London premiere of James Francis Brown’s The Heavens and the Heart, a 16 minute piece for choir, 2 horns in F, harp, and strings.  James is a friend of our accompanist, Heather and her partner Tom.  His work was a [...]

By |2017-08-24T10:40:47+00:00August 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on London Premiere of James Francis Brown’s “The Heavens and the Heart”