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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]