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.
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 2018?
Spring term is from Monday January 8th to March 19th. There will be no rehearsal on February 12th due to half term.
Our end of term concert is on Monday March 19th at Christ Church, Kensington.
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?
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.