Sing in Jim Hawkins’ Eclipse Choir
Would you like to be part of a new, fun, fresh and performance-driven choir led by Jim Hawkins?
Jim runs two choir groups, which rehearse on Mondays and Thursdays respectively in Kingston Upon Thames. He established Eclipse Choir in spring 2015 with the aim of creating a choir where local, amateur singers can progress their singing, and begin or progress their sight reading. The choirs are professionally run, friendly and welcoming, and Jim has an informal, engaging and high quality of teaching. The groups tackle a wide range of repertoire, from Adele to Adagio for Strings arranged for voice set to Agnus Dei.
To find out more about auditions or our next concert (Christmas Concert 2016 is on Thurs 22nd December at All Saints in Kingston) check out our website!
- Regular choir performances.
- Compete in festivals and other fun choral events.
- Learn a wide variety of beautiful, challenging and some bespoke repertoire.
- Exciting singing/performance opportunities.
- Soloist opportunities.
- Learn from musical scores.
- Be a part of social, community and charity events.
Learn, sing and be merry!
Would you love singing in a choir with Jim?
- I have a passion for music, singing and performing.
- I take pride in doing things well.
- I want to develop my musical ability through use of musical notation, rehearsal and experienced guidance.
- Singing and music affects your mood.
- I feel amazing after a good sing!
- I’m ready for my next vocal challenge!
- I aspire to sing a solo in front of an audience.
- Fun is working hard and playing harder.
- I want to make a difference in the community and also help raise awareness for local charities.
About Jim Hawkins, choir leader
Jim is an outstanding choir director. He has an enthusiastic, sensitive but engaging style of teaching and wants to bring out the best in both the choir members and the music being performed. He has worked professionally for over 17 years as a music teacher, choir director, music arranger, composer, producer, performer, and in his mind, remains life-long student of music. He feels that these two choirs will be one of his most exciting projects to date!
Jim spent six years, up until April 2015, working for Rock Choir and building a large, loyal group of singers in South West London and Surrey, and Bromley and Orpington. Now he is on a new journey, which is part of a long-held vision of his. Please do sign up to our newsletter using the form at the foot of the page to hear first about future choir and singing opportunities.
Jim has a real talent for bringing the best out of his groups, helping them understand the message and mechanics of each piece, and reaching for the goal of a unified, controlled sound.
Being part of your choir for the past six years has been a fantastic experience for me gaining so much musical knowledge along the way.”
Just wanted to say a personal thank you for being such an inspirational, patient and dedicated choir master. Your musical talent is incredible and I am so going to miss it along with the ‘Bonjour’s, giggles and general positive enthusiasm which makes me feel that even I can sing!!”
You’ve inspired me to start singing again, encourage me, challenged me to try out for solos and have been an inspiration to watch at your work every week.”
Highlights from years gone by
In the last six years the choirs have attained standards of singing they never imagined and experienced performing in some iconic venues, like the Tower of London, the O2 arena, Hammersmith Apollo, the Royal Festival Hall, Wembley Stadium and recorded in Abbey Road Studios. In addition, the choirs often teamed up with local and national charities, such as Missing People, to raise awareness and vital funds at community events.
To read about a few of those memorable occasions, browse the choirs posts from Jim’s blog here.
Jim also leads all-day singing workshops, which are open to all and are gloriously uplifting, fun and challenging! Sign up for our newsletter below to be the first to hear about upcoming workshops.