What kind of choir is Finsbury Park Singers?
We are a non-auditioned, community choir including people from all age groups and different levels of experience. We meet on Tuesday nights to rehearse at the Elizabeth House Community Centre. Our members are aged from mid 20s to mid 70s and live/work in and around Finsbury Park.
When was Finsbury Park Singers founded?
Finsbury Park Singers was founded in September 2018. We have quickly grown to over 60 members.
What mix of voices do you have?
We are split into 4 voice parts – soprano, the highest vocal range, and alto, then tenor and finally our lowest part is bass. For some of our more complicated pieces, we might split into 8 parts (more harmony the better !)
Where have you performed?
We have performed end of term concerts in and around Finsbury Park and Stoke Newington, both raising money for charity. We also have performed at Fonthill Market and at Elizabeth House for special guest Jeremy Corbyn. In September 2019 members of the choir joined our sister choir Victoria Park Singers to take part in a BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, singing John Luther Adams In the Name of the Earth, as part of a massed choir of 600 voices.
What kind of music do you sing?
We sing everything! From classical to pop, folk, gospel to musical theatre and world. We are not afraid to tackle different languages, from French to Zulu, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin.
Is this Hannah’s first choir?
Hannah started her first choir in 2007 when she launched Fosse Singers in Leicester. In 2011 she started Kensington Singers in West London and travelled down weekly to run their rehearsals on Monday evenings. In 2013 she moved to London and has since delivered choral workshops and choirs for : Royal Brompton Hospital, Shoreditch House, UK Green Buildings Council, Selfridges, NHS, Rothschild, Jones Day Law Firm, Swing Patrol and Spark Youth Choir. Whilst living in Leicester she ran choral projects for Summer Sundae Weekender, De Montfort University and Parkinson’s UK. She currently conducts four weekly choirs; Kensington Singers, Victoria Park Singers, Finsbury Park Singers and the ITV Voices staff choir and runs an annual singing retreat. She studied with the Association of British Choral Conductors and holds an LRSM distinction in choral conducting.She is also Estill voice trained, currently studying on the Certified Master Teacher course with Anne-Marie Speed.
- Provide professional performance opportunities
- Be a spring board for further musical learning – Some choir members have been on workshops at the Southbank centre and taken part in additional choir projects
- Generate local links .
- Bring in professionals
- Utilise and empower choir members’ other skills – eg video making, organisational skills, fundraising for concerts etc.
Benefits of singing in a choir:
• Proven health benefits of group singing, better posture, breathing, release of endorphins, team work, social benefits etc
• Improve musicianship / vocal skills.
• Learning new skills helps fight off depression.
• Networking – members sponsor each other for runs, attend concerts together, help share contacts, find instrumental tuition locally, attend each others non KS performances etc.
• Able to contribute to society