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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

Age UK Dacorum Festive Concert

at St John's Boxmoor.


November

Kings Langley Christmas Lights Festival


Photo: Kris Gruber

Four performances in three weeks brought a satisfying climax to the year. Each concert included a Christmas Gospel Medley specially arranged by our MD, Katie, a multi-layered version of 'The Holly and the Ivy' and a regular favourite of the Choir and audiences the Finnish carol 'Gaudete'.


More contemporay songs, also arranged by Katie, included 'Last Train To Clarkesville', Downtown, the Latin chant 'Da Pacem Domine' and the medieval drinking song 'Dindirin. Amongst other favourites were Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah', Queen's 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' and 'Somebody To Love', Elbow's anthemic 'One Day Like This', and John Farnham's rousing 'Your'e The Voice'.   

Signature to our Christmas Tree in 

All Saints Church Tree Festival, Kings Langley.

Winter Warmers: a festive concert with Rickmansworth Players Choir at Christ Church, Chorleywood.


December                                         Photo: Philip China

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

2018

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.    March

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

Kings Langley Carnival. Photo: Philip China.    June

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.

26th October.

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 Royal Festival Hall   December   

2017

Beaconsfield Festival of Choirs


March

Marlowes Shopping Centre


April



Rickmansworth Festival


May

Kings Langley Christmas Festival


December

Watford Festival


March

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

Ben's big '0'.


September

Christ Church, Chorleywood.


December



2016

The Royal Festival Hall


Chorus Festival


March

Kings Langley Christmas Lights Festival


November

Kings Langley Carnival


June

London Sangerstevne

at St Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, Holborn


May

December

Raising funds for The Hospice of St Francis


Marlowes Shopping Centre

Photo: Kris Gruber

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

Our second recording


October

Lobby Live

Watford Colosseum


November

Flash Mob


Arriva Buses


December

Santa Dash


The Hospice of St Francis


December

The House of Commons Members' Terrace


May

2014

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

Hope For Children


20th Anniversary Concert at St John's, Boxmoor


June

Christmas Lights Festival


Old Hemel Hempstead


November

2013

Rickmansworth Festival


Waiting to go on


May

Forever Young


First album


June

Songs for a Summer's Evening


The Church of All Saints

Kings Langley


July

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