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2019

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.

Rickmansworth Festival.

May 2019

Photo: Philip China

 Collecting in support of the Watford Lions the Choir entertained crowds at the Abbots Langley Carnival with a series of pop-up performances. With trainee Conductor James Pettinger (a colleague of Katie) at the helm, the first port of call was the High Street, just prior to the Carnival procession. From a 'pick and mix' of eleven songs, the Choir delivered five songs in each of two locations near to the central crossroads. This was followed by three further pop-ups on the Carnival site before a final sing to families gathered in the garden of the nearby Royal Oak PH. 

Abbots Langley Carnival

June 2019

Katie Teage, our new Musical Director, hit the ground running in late April. Within a month the Choir had added two new songs, Downtown and Dindirin (a spanish medieaval song), to the repertoire and Katie had led the Choir in two very successful performances; the first at Rickmansworth Festival and then a week later in concert titled 'Sing & Swing at St Lawrence Church, Bovingdon (a collaboration with the band Badje).


West Wycombe Park, July                Photo: Philip China

Wedding, St Lawrence, Abbots Langley.

Katie throws some moves.

July

Our summer finished  with a first ever performance - two forty-five minute sets - at West Wycombe Park (National Trust) then, a week later, a wedding at St Lawrence, Abbots Langley which included both a cappella songs and hymns to the accompaniment of the Chinnor Silver Band 

The outdoor theme continued two weeks later on the stage at  Kings Langley Carnival. A warm sunny day and an upbeat set of songs which included two Queen numbers and Elbow's anthemic 'One Day Like This' contributed to the happy mood of the large crowd.

Kings Langley Carnival

June 2019

2018

The Dacorum BC, Community Grant Awards.

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.



Kings Langley Carnival. Photo: Philip China.

In Concordia; St Lawrence Church, Abbots Langley, 14th July. Photo:Jenna Selby

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'.

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.

The Royal Festival Hall

Scrapbook ..... just some of the highlights .... and memories

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.

2017

Marlowes Shopping Centre


April



Beaconsfield Festival of Choirs


March

Rickmansworth Festival


May

Ben's big '0'.


September

Kings Langley Christmas Festival


December

Christ Church, Chorleywood.


December



2016

The Royal Festival Hall


Chorus Festival


March

Watford Festival


March

Ben Crawley receives the Watford Festival Cup from Adjudicator Benjamin Costello.

London Sangerstevne

at St Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn


May

Kings Langley Carnival


June

Kings Langley Christmas Lights Festival


November

Photo: Chris Gruber

December

Raising funds for The Hospice of St Francis


Marlowes Shopping Centre

Concert for Age UK Dacorum


Holy Trinity Church, Leverstock Green

Watford Festival


Winners


March

2015


Iris Rattle

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.

Voices Now


Camden Market and The Roundhouse


May

The House of Commons Members' Terrace


May

Lobby Live

Watford Colosseum


November

Flash Mob


Arriva Buses


December

Santa Dash


The Hospice of St Francis


December

Our second recording


October

2014

The Palace of Westminster


The first choir ever to perform within the precincts


May

Hope For Children


20th Anniversary Concert at St John's, Boxmoor


June

Christmas Lights Festival


Old Hemel Hempstead


November

Back to the Front


Commemoration of the start of WW1 by Kings Langley, Abbots Langley and Langleybury


4th August

2013

Rickmansworth Festival


Waiting to go on


May

Songs for a Summer's Evening


The Church of All Saints

Kings Langley


July

Forever Young


First album


June


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