Posts tagged “Bishopsgate Institute

SINGING IN HARMONY jp

Its been an absolute age since I posted a blog. The monthly newsletter has sort of taken over a bit. I only send it to people who subscribe, so it means ‘ bloggin cloggin’ is a thing of the past! ( when I was posting everyday in 2011!). The sun is beckoning through the window. The most exciting thing I am doing at the moment for myself at the moment is a weekly songwriting course…just for six weeks, but we have to write a song every week. I have just written my second song and am suffering from extreme over-excitedness! I had forgotten how much fun the songwriting process is…Will compile them all at the end for listens….

Back to the matter in hand, I am very happy to be running the occasional  local Saturday workshop that I can get to in the same day!   ( I have  run workshops in Cardiff, Lancaster, Lincolnshire and Hertfordshire in the last 4 weekends – all completely lovely days but some have been real treks of love)

SINGING IN HARMONY is  happening this Saturday if you fancy it, or know of anyone who wants to do a one off day of lovely  harmony singing, all learned by ear,  with yours truly, in a great district of London, very close to Liverpool Street Station. Here is the Link.

Right …back to the records x

I am running a new choir at the Bishopsgate Institute in the new year called The Tubthumping Chorus. Singing songs that might shelter under the umbrella of “folk” is rather a good description, and means we will be singing a really WIDE selection of repertoire. The  75 strong Amazing Bishopsgate Singers will continue to ROCK on a Monday night. I think we are going to try out a few songs from the old shows, more jazzy numbers in the near future  …Here is THE LINK for the TBTC and a quick snapshot of what the link looks like below.

SONG OF THE DAY

It had better be something under the umbrella of ‘folk’ to be in keeping with the day’s post. The Robert Shawe Chorale from the 1960’s…ah you can’t beat the sound of the all male choir. It is really too fast to be doing the particular task  linked with this particular sea shanty. I have been very influenced by this type of arrangement. I think I must have listened to a lot of songs like this when I was in the womb!

I am always rattling on about The Bishopsgate Singers, who meet at the Bishopsgate Institute every Monday night and are like my homies, as it is the only choir that I started from scratch, and did  not inherit.  We are in one hall, learning pop and world by ear, while the  massively marvellous sounding Royal Philharmonic Choir are learning whizzy classical works in the the other…now that would be a fine collaboration, but I feel it may never ever ever happen ( ha ha…I  also feel a challenge coming on!) I thought it was time to put you out of your misery and show you a picture of the front of the Bishopsgate Institute, neatly tucked in between Pizza Express and  shirt shop, so it would be easy to miss. There now is an entrance round the corner in Brushfield Street, next to Starbucks, and a lovely cafe. The Building is listed, built in the 1890’s and goes back for miles. It has 2 enormous halls, a library and lots of smaller spaces, the list of course and concerts they run is exciting and  varied. A quick picture of the church and the goat in Brushfield Street, just as the sun was going down.

SONG OF THE DAY Cheryl Cole -Promise This

Ok the secret is out…I love this video..it is so beautifully styled.  I love the  shadowy dancing boys and the bare tree silhouette on CC’s dress and in the distance.  Written by Priscilla Renea Hamilton from the US ( 23 years old!). As a songwriter she has written for several big singers and has a couple of albums out too.

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