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 to welcome singers from across the country – including one from Cornwall.

Rachel Silver writes:

I can still hear an earworm of the wonderful Geographical Fugue “Tri-ni-dad! And the big Mis-sis-ippi and the town Ho-no-lu-lu…and the lake Ti-ti-ca-ca…” as I take the tube into town some weeks later. We were so enthused by the joy of this unexpected and rather fun Speaking Chorus that I can’t be the only one still smiling.

More than 50 Hampstead Chorus members and their very welcome guests enjoyed a terrific summer holiday day of music and culture in the hallowed surrounds of King’s College London. Founded in 1828-9 by a group of eminent politicians, churchmen and others, King’s was granted a royal charter by King George IV on 14 August 1829.

Led by Musical Director Simon Walton and Accompanist Heather Tomala we sang an enchanting array of pieces including Purcell’s Man that is born of a woman, Orff’s Odi et amo, Finzi’s My spirit sang all day and the poignant Londonderry Air arranged by Chilcott.  Not to mention the sad but gorgeous Brahms piece If sorrow had the power to kill.

We delighted in salad and sandwich lunches in the sunbathed stone courtyard of the historic Somerset House, and gossiped there strategically over coffee.

It was all fabulously well organized by the hugely capable Linda Taggart.

The Hampstead Chorus is very grateful to Simon and Heather, as well as all those who attended and helped make the day such a success. We look forward to putting on an even more successful event next summer – keep an eye on this website for details of dates and sign up.