The Choir launched into the New Year at the Beaconsfield Festival of Choirs in early March. An audience which included singers from as distant as Abertillery and County Sligo heard new numbers in the Choir's repertoire - Sir Arthur Sullivan's 'The Long Day Closes' and Slovakian drinking song 'Ani Vodka' mixed with the fiery Israeli folk song 'Simi Jadech' and a haunting version of Paul McCartney's 'Let It Be'.
Beaconsfield Festival of Choirs
A forty-five minute set for Lobby Live at the Watford Colosseum and a one hour performance in the Marlowes Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead completed the Choir's pre-Easter programme. Both events gathered appreciative audiences who clearly enjoyed the Choir's style and repertoire. The Choir nominated The Hospice of St Francis as its charity for the Marlowes event and over £100 was raised.
Marlowes Shopping Centre
The spring season continued in May with a first time appearance in London's world famous Cadogan Hall; the venue for this year's Sangerstevne international choir festival. In the company of choirs from the USA, Lithuania and Rumania KLCC performed four songs including a successful first outing for Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'.
The following day the choir entertained an enthusiastic crowd gathered for the annual Rickmansworh Festival, and that was followed a week later by a special engagement at a wedding which included serenading the bride as she entered and walked down the aisle.
intuWatford Shopping Centre
In June KLCC raised funds for the British Heart Foundation with two half hour sets at the intuWatford Shopping Centre.
Buoyed by the Royal Festival Hall reception, the following day the choir competed in the Watford Festival and, for the second year in succession, was awarded the winner’s cup. Adjudicator Benjamin Costello MA, remarked on the clear and contrasting deliveries of the up tempo, forties number, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and the slower, anthemic, One Fine Day by Elbow, both performed to arrangements by the choir’s Musical Director, Ben Crawley.
Performances at London’s South Bank, Watford Festival, and Beaconsfield provided a varied and successful start to the year.
The Chorus Festival was a three day event spread over four venues in the world famous Royal Festival Hall. To a large and enthusiastic public audience, which quickly developed to standing room only, the choir presented a half hour set on the stage in the Riverside Terrace Café.
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Ben Crawley receives the Watford Festival Cup from Adjudicator Benjamin Costello.
A busy May and June provided four performance opportunities. Firstly at the international London Sangerstevne, which included choirs from France, Lithuania, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. This was followed by a half hour set on a sunny Sunday morning at the Rickmansworth Festival.
The Alban Arena was the venue for the choir's first entry into the National Choir Of The Year competition. Contrasted to six other choirs from London and the South-East, adjudicator Ken Burton commended KLCC for its renditions of Mr Blue Sky and Wisely & Slow.
Two weeks on, and the choir brought a splash of colour and enjoyment to a large audience at the annual Kings Langley Carnival with another half hour set which included a first public airing of David Bowie's 'Heroes'.
The summer season finished with two concert performances. On 8th July, at Christ Church, Chorleywood, the choir joined with the Rickmansworth Players to present an evening's entertainment to an enthusiastic audience. The following day, Saturday, in St James' church, Bushey, to another large audience which included the Mayor of Hertsmere District Council, the choir presented a lunch time recital that was a highlight of the Bushey Fair held that day.
As a permanent commemoration of Iris Rattle the choir's founder, her association with and the the support provided by Kings Langley School in the choir's formative years, the choir has created the Iris Rattle Award. This will be awarded annually to the student considered by the school music teachers to be most deserving for their talent, effort and contribution.
The 2016 winner and first recipient is Emily Beling. Emily was a member of the school choir, and the Gifted & Talented choir. Emily achieved Grade 6 voice and Grade 8 piano, and never missed a rehearsal even when studying for exams. She also took part in many music tours. Emily is now at Bangor University reading music, and loving the course.
Kings Langley Carnival
Emily Beling, with the Iris Rattle Award.
A first visit to the intuWatford Shopping Centre, and two half-hour sets, kick-started the Choirs autumn season. Well received by the public, the Choir also utilised the event to raise money for Peace Hospice Care
Autumn Leaves, a concert at All Saints Church, Kings Langley in November, was another success. This was an opportunity for the Choir to unveil new numbers in its repertoire including David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' and the traditional 'Benjamin Bowmaneer'. The concert raised over £800 for Rennie Grove Hospice and the All Saints Church Fund.
Kings Langley Christmas Lights Festival
In front of a packed audience at Holy Trinity Church, Leverstock Green, and then by entertaining shoppers in the Marlowes Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead, the choir completed its Christmas programme with fund-raising performances for Age UK Dacorum
Photo: Chris Gruber
Photo: Keith Dorsett
Scrapbook ..... just some of the highlights .... and memories
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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