St Mary's Church, Hemel Hempstead, April 2019
A concert for Age UK Dacorum and our farewell to Ben Crawley, our inspirational Musical Director for the past seven years.
Our Tenth Anniversary year started in style. In early spring we recorded our third album, '11 To The Power Of Ten', a selection of favourites from our recent repertoire, including David Bowies' 'Space Oddity', Elbow's anthemic 'One Day Like This' and Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'. We are grateful to Cheetah Couriers & Logistics for their sponsorship, and the album will be available at our performances from May onward.
Recognition of our progress and achievement also came in the form of an invitation from Dacorum Borough Council to entertain guests at the Community Grant Awards in late March.
Next up, on 5th May, was a Lobby Live performance at Watford Colosseum
and then, on the 19th, a performance at the church of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in Holborn at the international London Sangerstevne festival.
The Dacorum BC, Community Grant Awards.
Under a clear blue June sky, and led by Liz Swain (deputising for Ben Crawley), the Choir entertained a large Kings Langley Carnival audience with a half hour set that included California Dreamin', Let It Be, Hold Back The River and One Day Like This.
To the accompaniment of music from the latest album, Carnival-goers were also attracted to the Choir's own stall promoting the Summer Workshops and forthcoming In Concordia and To The Power Of Ten concerts.
An invitation to perform the Bushey Recital at St James' Church in early July proved a successful and ideal prelude a week later to the Choir's first appearance in the Abbots Langley Festival. Titled 'In Concordia', the concert in St Lawrence Church also featured guest choir Harrow Apollo Male Choir, and provided awareness and support for local charity Workaid which for over thirty years has collected and provided tools to self-help communities in Africa (www.workaid.com).
The Community Choir's programme included a vibrant range of music - folk, gospel, motown, shanty - as well as including popular favourites such as Elbow's 'One Day Like This'. The evening ended with the two choirs combining for a rousing rendition of 'Jerusalem'.
In Concordia; St Lawrence Church, Abbots Langley, 14th July. Photo:Jenna Selby
Kings Langley Carnival. Photo: Philip China.
To The Power Of Ten. Attended by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, the Mayor of Dacorum Borough Council and the Choirs' Hon.Patron Sir Mike Penning MP, the Choir's tenth anniversary concert was performed to a packed audience at Kings Langley School. Guest band Badje delivered a solo set and joined with the Choir for four numbers, the first time the Choir has sung with accompaniment.
The Choir's programme included both past and current repertoire, treating the audience to the full range of its harmony singing.
The Choir has supported many charities with its performances. For this occasion the Choir nominated local charity The Waterside Centre, whose Trustee, Cllr. Robert McLean, spoke about the service that is provided daily to many disadvantaged and disabled people from its premises in the heart of Kings Langley.
Our Anniversary Year ended in fine style.
December began with the Choir entertaining the crowd at the Annual Kings Langley High Street Christmas Festival, followed a week later by joining with the Chiltern Brass and Lumina Choir for a programme of carols promoted by Rickmansworth Canal Trust at Batchworth Lock.
The climax came on 23rd December at the Royal Festival Hall where, as part of the Winter Chorus Festival we performed a half hour set to a festive audience gathered in the Clore Ballroom.
The Royal Festival Hall
Scrapbook ..... just some of the highlights .... and memories
Beaconsfield Festival of Choirs
Marlowes Shopping Centre
Ben's big '0'.
Ben Crawley receives the Watford Festival Cup from Adjudicator Benjamin Costello.
at St Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn
The Royal Festival Hall
Kings Langley Christmas Festival
Christ Church, Chorleywood.
Kings Langley Christmas Lights Festival
Kings Langley Carnival
Photo: Chris Gruber
Raising funds for The Hospice of St Francis
Marlowes Shopping Centre
Concert for Age UK Dacorum
Holy Trinity Church, Leverstock Green
24th December 1938 - 16th December 2014
Our founder and inspiration.
The choir was privileged to be invited by Iris' husband John, and her family, to perform Forever Young - one of her choir favourites - at the celebration of Iris' life held at West Herts Crematorium on 5th January.
Camden Market and The Roundhouse
The House of Commons Members' Terrace
Our second recording
The Hospice of St Francis
Hope For Children
20th Anniversary Concert at St John's, Boxmoor
The Palace of Westminster
The first choir ever to perform within the precincts
Back to the Front
Commemoration of the start of WW1 by Kings Langley, Abbots Langley and Langleybury
Christmas Lights Festival
Old Hemel Hempstead
Waiting to go on
Songs for a Summer's Evening
The Church of All Saints
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