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2018

Our Tenth Anniversary has 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.

Kings Langley Carnival. Photo: Philip China.

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 School Auditorium is the setting in late October for our Tenth Anniversary concert. This promises to be a significant occasion with more details to be published in due course. Our guest for this evening will be the band Badje who, again, will provide a contrast in style and repertoire.

 

2017

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.

Rickmansworth Festival

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

Marlowes Shopping Centre

 

intuWatford 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.

In June KLCC raised funds for the British Heart Foundation with two half hour sets at the intuWatford Shopping Centre.

'Autumn Colours', a concert at All Saints Church, Kings Langley, kick-started the Choir's autumn season. This was also the opportunity for a first performance airing of new songs in the Choir's repertoire. 'The Wreck of the Dandenong', an Australian sea shanty, the Fleet Foxes 'Sun Giant' and the motown hit 'You Can't Hurry Love'; all received a positive audience response.

 

Chesham Germains Male Voice Choir entertaind for the first half of the evening, and over £500 was raised for the Church Mission.

 

The Christmas spirit really got underway with Choir's traditional performance at the Kings Langley Christmas Festival in early December. On a dank evening the music entertained and sustained a large audience throughout the half hour set.

 

 

 

 

Two further concerts followed, the first at Christ Church, Chorleywood and lastly at Holy Trinity Church, Leverstock Green in the annual fundraiser for Age UK Dacorum. At both events further new songs were unveiled, including a haunting version of the traditional English folk song 'The Snow It Melts The Soonest'.

Ben's big '0'.

 

September

Kings Langley Christmas Festival

Winter Warmers concert at Christ Church, Chorleywood.

 

December

 

 

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

2016

The Royal Festival Hall

 

Chorus Festival

 

March

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

Watford Festival

 

March

London Sangerstevne

at St Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn

 

May

Kings Langley Carnival

 

June

Kings Langley Christmas Lights Festival

 

November

Photo: Chris Gruber

Raising funds for The Hospice of St Francis

 

Marlowes Shopping Centre

December

Concert for Age UK Dacorum

 

Holy Trinity Church, Leverstock Green

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.

Watford Festival

 

Winners

 

March

Voices Now

 

Camden Market and The Roundhouse

 

May

The House of Commons Members' Terrace

 

May

Our second recording

 

October

Lobby Live

Watford Colosseum

 

November

Santa Dash

 

The Hospice of St Francis

 

December

2014

Flash Mob

 

Arriva Buses

 

December

Hope For Children

 

20th Anniversary Concert at St John's, Boxmoor

 

June

The Palace of Westminster

 

The first choir ever to perform within the precincts

 

May

Back to the Front

 

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

 

4th August

 

Christmas Lights Festival

 

Old Hemel Hempstead

 

November

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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