Saturday choir workshop sparky and special

We were very excited to host James’s first All Singers Saturday choir workshop, which was held in Wimbledon on 29th March 2014. It was attended by nearly 200 amateur singers, who enjoyed a whole day of learning new arrangements of four songs by The Beatles and The Eagles. The day’s choir learned If I Fell, in a sweet 3-part harmony, followed by Because, a trickier, but lovely arrangement, in the morning. Then after lunch, they took on Peaceful Easy Feeling and Hotel California by The Eagles. The highlight of the afternoon was the accompaniment by a five piece band, so everyone got to experience singing with live instruments, as if to the original tracks themselves (clearly we couldn’t quite manage the original line ups…;-)

Happiness is ... singing in a choir
Happiness is Singing in a Saturday Choir Workshop!

“The whole day was wonderful but singing with a live band is always something special.”

“I felt I had learnt whilst having a good time.”

It was a relaxed atmosphere and happily some of our singers took up the chance to perform their own renditions with the band once the choir had performed all four songs together. We are very grateful to everyone who helped us on the day. A special mention to Becki, our work experience pupil from Coombe Girls School, who was there from start to finish. She also spent some time putting together these interesting facts about the songs we sang. I will upload them here shortly.

“My highlights were the great atmosphere throughout the day… Good to use a score and be taught more about music theory… The band… Jim’s sense of humour and energy.  The free pencil – obviously!”

The aim of the All Singers Saturday choir workshop was to give keen singers the chance to indulge themselves in a whole day of music and singing, with Jim teaching along a theme – this time using two legendary bands for inspiration – and we loved adding a spark and something more with the live musicians. We have received some great feedback and some really helpful and encouraging comments, so don’t worry if you missed this, we will be organising more. There are so many themes we could puruse, so why not drop us a suggestion of what you’d love below?

“I loved singing with the band. Enjoyed the choice of songs. Brilliant atmosphere.”

If you know somebody who loves singing for fun, for a challenge or pleasure, then please connect them to us. If you sign up to our mailing list, we will let you know as soon as the next workshop is announced.

Important information about Jim’s Choir Workshop, Sat 29th March

Jim’s Choir Workshop: Essential information – where, when and what

We are counting down the days now to our big All Singers Saturday and excitement is building! The band has been rehearsing, the arrangements and scores have been written, and our lovely volunteers are ready to help! As of today there are only about seven tickets left, so still chance to buy, if you’re quick. Please share this information with anyone who is coming along to the choir workshop (it has been sent this by email too) and if you like to tweet or post, please use #AllSingersSat to join in the conversation!

 

The venue

St Mark’s Church, St.Mark’s Place, Wimbledon, SW19 7ND.

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The church is in the heart of Wimbledon town centre (not the village) and is easily accessible by public transport.

Transport

Parking can be a challenge, so take advantage of the close proximity of Wimbledon Rail Station and local bus routes, which are no more than 10 minutes walk away. Please plan your journey here.

Parking

You can part at the Centre Court Shopping Centre and there are smaller car parks around, or, if you are lucky, you may find a space in the surrounding side roads, but beware of tricky one-way streets and please double check for any parking restrictions!

Arrival time and registration

Please arrive from 9:45am. Walk to the front entrance of the church and you’ll be greeted by the team who will help you sign in. Help yourself to refreshments available and please make use of the facilities.

Resources

Participants will be e-mailed musical resources on Thursday 27th March, which you can print and bring with you if you wish to have a score on the day. Otherwise Jim will be teaching by rote to bring everyone nicely together!

The choir workshop schedule

10am – Vocal warm up

10:30am – “If I Fell”

11:30am – 10 minute break

11:40am – “Because”

12:40pm – Lunch – please bring your own food or wander through Wimbledon Town Centre as there is a wide variety of places to eat and enjoy lunchtime.

1:40pm – “Easy Feeling”

2:45pm – “Hotel California”

4pm – Performance with our live band

5pm – 6pm – Sing-a-long

6pm – End of day