I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed my first term with Kensington Singers and thank you for making me feel so welcome. It’s been quite a learning curve as it’s a long time since I’ve taken on something new but well worth it.

Jane, soprano

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Think you would like to sing in our friendly community choir? Come along on a Monday to sit in with us.  There are no auditions and you don’t need to have any previous experience to join in – you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can start making a brilliant sound.   The choir launched in January 2011 and is now established with around 50 singers. Everyone is welcome; our youngest member is 19 and our most senior is a young at heart 77, so we have a really great mix of experience and energy. Please contact us to be added to the mailing list or watch a video of us in action by clicking on the picture.
Where do you rehearse?

We meet at St Philip’s Church, Earl’s Court Road, Kensington, London,  on Mondays from 7-8.45pm. There is street parking after 6.30pm.

What are the term dates for 2017?

Autumn term is from Monday September 25th to December 4th. There will be no rehearsal on October 23rd due to half term.

  • Saturday December 9th, Victoria & Albert Museum 1pm – free entry, singing on the balcony at entrance
  • Saturday December 9th, St Cuthbert’s Carol Service, 4pm  – 50 Philbeach Gardens, Kensington, London SW5 9EB
  • Monday December 11th – end of term Christmas concert, with award winning jazz artist Ian Shaw!
How do I get to St Philip's Church?

Earls Court tube station is on the District, Circle and Picadilly lines.  The Church is five minute walk from Earl’s Court Tube – turn left out of the main exit of the tube and walk in a straight line, crossing the Cromwell Road. The church is on your right hand side, diagonally opposite the Hansome cab pub (our local!) and the church’s clock is clearly visible – we are in the church hall, which is through the main doors and to the back of the building. It is on the bus routes 74, 328 or C1

I’ve never sung before – help!

Everyone aged 18+ is welcome. There are no auditions and you don’t need to have any previous singing experience. You’ll find that you pick things up as you go along and develop skills naturally. If you’re not used to singing regularly you’ll see a huge improvement in your voice after your first month or so. We always spend 15 minutes at the start having a good vocal warm up which will also include things like a bit of sight-reading practice, some rhythm games, vocal techniques and ear training.

If you are an experienced singer – great – I’ll be sure to throw some more challenging things your way and be really encouraging you to sing with good technique!

As well as the musical score you will be provided with rehearsal MP3s and you are expected to practice in your own time with these in between sessions. This is useful for those people who don’t read music. You are also asked to make notes during rehearsals so please bring a pencil.

 

How much does it cost?
The cost for a term singing with us is £110 with an early bird discount if you pay by midnight on the day of the first rehearsal of £100, which includes rehearsals and a minimum of two performances, all sheet music and rehearsal MP3s.
Fees help to pay for the cost of room hire, concerts, pianist when necessary etc. Membership is paid at the start of each term  – payment cannot be made weekly as valuable rehearsal time will be taken up taking money and giving change. It also encourages higher attendance, effective rehearsals and better ensemble.
I’m afraid I don’t offer discounts; the full fee is payable at whatever point you join during the term, to make it fair to those who have paid the full amount. New members, please contact me for early bird price details.
Introduce a new man and sign up together to receive a discount – now £150! (please contact us for details)
What songs will we be singing?

I aim to offer a really rich variety of music, from folk songs to classical, to pop, to jazz and everything else. The summer term has a lose jazz/swing theme. Last spring we had a ‘songs from the seas’ theme, so songs about oceans, waters, rivers and sea shanties! Spring 2017 we sang a concert of lullabies, dream songs and night time, including Sure on the Shining Night and Seal Lullaby. The winter term is Christmassy music, including a wassail and The Christ Child, by Will Todd!

We usually perform without sheet music, meaning you will need to put in a little bit of time (an hour a week, spread over 7 days, is less than 10mins a day) to memorise words etc. There is usually a little bit of homework to revise 1 or 2 songs to ensure we are making progress at each rehearsal. MP3s are supplied to help with learning.

Membership and commitment
There are no refunds on membership fees. Please ensure you can commit to the majority of the weekly rehearsals before signing up. We usually perform without music, which means that you will need to put in a little bit of time (an hour a week, spread over 7 days, is less than 10mins a day) to memorise words etc. There is a bit of  homework each week to revise 1 or 2 songs to ensure we are making progress at each rehearsal. MP3s are supplied to help with learning.
If you would like to come to a rehearsal and see if the choir is right for you please email hannah@kensingtonsingers.co.uk so the correct resources are available .