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.
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.
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'.
Kings Langley Christmas Festival
Winter Warmers concert at Christ Church, Chorleywood.
Scrapbook ..... just some of the highlights .... and memories
The Royal Festival Hall
Ben Crawley receives the Watford Festival Cup from Adjudicator Benjamin Costello.
at St Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn
Kings Langley Carnival
Kings Langley Christmas Lights Festival
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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