This event has now taken place.
Thank you to all those who came to sing or to hear the concert – with your help, we raised over £2,600 for Marie Curie.
Thank you also to Simon Walton (conductor), Ed Kemp-Luck (organist) and our young soloists.
Simon Walton had the following to say about the day:
Many thanks for all who turned out on Saturday for the Hampstead Chorus Come & Sing Messiah. We had a terrifically strong choir and it is amazing to think how much detail we put in in such a short space of time. It was lovely to see so many regular choir members and to have so many new guests, please do join us again!. I hope you all had fun and enjoyed the concert in the evening, I know I did. I am indebted to all our volunteers who put in time into making sure events like this run so smoothly, let alone happen. I am also very grateful to the young soloists, who sang beautifully and gave freely of their time, and of course to Ed for giving us such wonderful support on the organ.
We are particularly grateful to the Rosen family who are supporting this event in memory of Len and Betty Rosen.
Following our anniversary performance of Handel’s Messiah in 2018, we are giving existing chorus members and anyone else who wants to come along the chance to exercise their vocal chords with this wonderful work.
Musical Director – Simon Walton
Organist – Edward Kemp-Luck
Rehearsal 2 pm
Great Hall, University College School
This event is being held in order to raise funds for Marie Curie. Entry is via donation to Marie Curie on the door – please come with cash or cheques made out to Marie Curie—suggested minimum donation £15. Audience tickets also by donation to Marie Curie at the door.
Please bring your own score (ideally Novello ed. Watkins Shaw). The details of the movements we are doing are in the attached document:
Our Come and Sing events consist of an afternoon rehearsal followed by an evening performance. The rehearsal focuses on singing through the choral parts of the work, concentrating on interpretation, performance speeds and one or two tricky passages. This means that there is no opportunity to learn notes so you will probably enjoy the day more if:
- you have previously sung the work and are familiar with it and/or
- you have a good level of sight singing and/or
- you spend some time before the day learning the notes from a learning aid such as Cyberbass
This is designed to be a fun and informal event so there is no need to wear all black. We suggest that smart casual is appropriate for the evening performance – no denim jeans please. Men do not need to wear jackets.
Please bring your own score of the Messiah (ideally Novello ed Watkins Shaw).
A bottle of water.
During the break in the rehearsal, a hot drink and biscuits will be provided. You may wish to bring your own bottle of water.
For the interval between the rehearsal and the concert performance, there are restaurants and cafes in Hampstead and on Finchley Road, both of which are about 10 minutes’ walk from the school.
Drinks will be available in the concert interval
We expect the timetable for the day to be as follows (subject to changes nearer the time):
1:15 – 1:45 pm Registration
2:00 pm Seating in your sections for a brief welcome and warm-up
ca 3:25 – 3.40 pm Refreshment break (drinks and biscuits are provided)
3:40 – c. 4:30 pm Final part of rehearsal for the choir (after which, the choir can leave)
4:30 – 5.15 pm Rehearsal with soloists only, which chorus members are welcomed to stay and listen quietly.
6.30 pm Doors open for evening performance; cloakroom space will be provided
6.55 pm Seated in your seats for performance
7.00 – 8.30pm Performance, including a 20-minute interval (drinks will be available for sale, all proceeds to Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead)
We are not selling tickets for the evening performance. Instead we are asking those who come to make donations (cash or cheque) to Marie Curie.
We are not selling tickets this year – instead we are asking participants to donate by cash or cheque to Marie Curie. Our suggested minimum donation is £15.
Many buses stop in Hampstead or at Finchley Road and Frognal Station including: 13 (from North Finchley to Victoria); 46 (from Queens Park, Maida Vale and Kentish Town); 113 (from Edgware, Mill Hill and Hendon); 268 (from Belsize Park); C11 (from Archway, Parliament Hill and Gospel Oak); C12 (from Tufnell Park); 603 (from Muswell Hill).
University College School is best served by Hampstead Station (Northern Line) or Finchley Road (Metropolitan and Jubilee Lines).
Finchley Road and Frognal Station is on the North London Line which connects Richmond, Kew, Action and Willesden with Camden, Highbury and Islington.
The School has limited parking to the rear of the main buildings. At the weekend, it is possible to park in some of the surrounding streets although careful attention should be paid to the parking regulations. If you have any accessibility issues, please let us know using the contact form