Our First Choir Festival!

Our First Choir Festival!
Type of post: Choir news item
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Posted By: Christina Carty
Status: Current
Date Posted: Sun, 21 Oct 2018
This term has been incredibly busy!

What with my new "day" job with Hummy Mummies (where I'm thrilled to have nearly 60 members across the branches), 50% growth in my local day choir "Vocalise" and 15 new members at Vocallective, I've barely had time to catch my breath!  Thank goodness half term is here to give me a chance to catch up with everything.

The most exciting thing about the next half term is that Vocallective are producing our first Choirfest.  Our first experience of this was a few years ago when I got chatting to a member of the East Dulwich choir, Note-Orious, in a cafe.  He told me that a few local choirs were getting together to sing for each other and raise money for charity, hosted by Note-Orious.  They were kind enough to let us join in and we had a great night.  Two more choirfests of a similar nature followed, but we didn't feel we were ready to be the hosts of one.  Were there any suitable venues in our neck of the woods?  Who would do all the organising when we were a non-committee choir?  It felt too "big" and we forgot about it for a while.

Eventually we got a stage where I was able to ask founder members Pippa Philips and Jana Smith to look after events and admin respectively, and it wasn't long before Pippa brought up the idea of a choir fest.  We thought about it for a while and then decided on a date.  We booked a local church as a venue as this had always worked well for similar events we'd been part of.

Then a few choir members and myself went to see the all-female choir Lips sing their tribute to Amy Winehouse at the Amersham Arms in New Cross.  It was brilliant, and the idea occurred to me that THIS was the place for a choirfest!  I wanted a bit of an "edge" to the proceedings and this place was perfect for it.  We let the other venue go and it was full steam ahead. Thanks to the incredible work of Pippa (who I shall be calling "Tenacious P" from now on!), her husband Phil and the fantastic marketing talents of Jana, we're virtually ready with a few weeks to go.  

The mix of choirs we have curated will be so entertaining: Take Note, the Kender Grove Singers, Felix's Rock Choir, Telegraph Hill Community Choir and Tongue and Groove.  Each is unique with their own particular brand of musicianship.  We're really excited!  With tickets at £2 each it is a bargain and profits are going to Tommy's, a charity very close to many of our hearts.

I hope to see you there.  It's going to be quite a night!