What we're about
We are a fun, NON-AUDITION community choir meeting from 6:30-8pm in Soho on Mondays, Victoria on Tuesdays, the City of London on Wednesdays and Waterloo on Thursdays. The aim is to give people a place to sing their hearts out one or more evenings a week after work. LCV aims to bring people together to have some fun and make a great sound.
Have a look at our website (http://www.londoncityvoices.co.uk), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LondonCityVoices?notif_t=fbpage_admin), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/londoncityvoice) for more information.
The main repertoire is drawn from contemporary pop and folk/traditional tunes. Some examples of what we sing:
"Bohemian Rhapsody" (Queen)
"Mr Blue Sky" (Electric Light Orchestra)
"Somebody that I used to know" (Gotye)
"The Boxer" (Simon & Garfunkel)
"What's Up?" (Four Non-Blondes)
"Who Wants To Live Forever?" (Queen)
"Ghost Town" (The Specials)
"Hold Back The River" (James Bay)
"Don't Stop Believing" (Journey)
"Eleanor Rigby" (The Beatles)
"Go Your Own Way" (Fleetwood Mac)
"Thinking Out Loud" (Ed Sheeran)
“One Day Like This” (Elbow)
Your first session is free, after that you can pay per week (£15), sign up for a term (£120) or a year (£300). Termly or yearly membership gives you the ability to come to any of the sessions (4 per week), so that is much better value for money. There are normally 13-14 sessions in a term plus a concert.
In 2014 we had the opportunity to sing with Damien Rice at the London Palladium (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOpw9zKJQuY) in front of 2,500 people. It was just him and us - we accompanied him as he sang the finale song, "Trusty & True", and were rewarded with a standing ovation. A few of our members also sang with Katherine Jenkins for a documentary for Sky Arts (https://www.facebook.com/SkyArtsHD/videos/10153355278266153/?pnref=story). We sang on ITV's Good Morning Britain on Christmas Eve in both 2014 and 2015.
LCV has been running since the end of 2011, and for the first year it consisted of about 12 people meeting every week. In January 2013 we suddenly had 27 members, and since then it hasn't dropped below that - we now regularly have more than 100 people at a City rehearsal. Our City membership is predominantly but not exclusively made up of people who work locally to Monument Station, and we always go to a pub after the rehearsal, where there is usually more singing (generally aided by the consumption of some Merlot). The Victoria branch is a little smaller, around 50 people. The Soho branch usually has around 90 attendees, again, we always go for a drink afterwards. Waterloo is our newest branch and there are around 60 in attendance there.
We hold a termly concert - the last two have been at Troxy on Commercial Road. During December 2016 we raised over £6,000 for charity through our concert and various carol-singing activities.
It doesn't matter whether you are an experienced singer or you have never sung before - there are no auditions and you don't have to read music (although I do provide copies of the sheet music for everyone). We usually record the parts and upload them to the website so that people can listen to them during the week. About 50% of the members can't read music but I sort of teach you how to read it as we go along. Occasionally if you are having trouble pitching, I will suggest that I give you a little help, perhaps before the rehearsal or at a mutually convenient time, but I am a firm believer that "tone-deafness" doesn't exist - some people just haven't learnt how to pitch accurately yet.
Some very firm friendships (and indeed, at least 8 relationships) have emerged from LCV. The lovely lady that I am hugging in my profile picture is my wife Kate, who will register you on arrival. We met through LCV, so beware, you may end up with more than you bargained for if you join us. :D
You can find out more about the choir by going to our London City Voices website (http://www.londoncityvoices.co.uk) - there are videos on the site as well as information about membership, pricing etc. You can also sign up to the mailing list here (http://eepurl.com/fPOmj), which will give you information about what we're up to.
Hope to see you at LCV soon. Do feel free to ask questions here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.