This is the website of the Fleet Singers. We are an amateur choir, open to all. There are no auditions, you do not need any singing experience or the ability to read music. The only requirement is enthusiasm!
Autumn Term 2023 Remembrance and Christmas
Our autumn term starts Monday 11 September (see details in Diary)
This term we’ll be doing a performance around Remembrance Day, including several pieces by SS Wesley, Byrd’s Ave Verum Corpus, Elgar’s They are at Rest and Sibelius’s This is my Song.
And after this we’ll learn some new Christmas pieces for the Christmas season.
New singers welcome – especially tenors and basses! FREE taster for newcomers.
Seasons of Love Summer Concert
Sunday, July 9th, 5:30pm. Emmanuel Church, West Hampstead. NW6 1JU
Fleet Singers are teaming up with Kensington Choir,
bringing you Seasons of Love.
Musical hits, Appalachian folk, spirituals, Shakespeare, funk and more.
Tickets £7 (children free) from https://kensingtonchoir.com/ or on the door.
Summer Term 2023 Rehearsals: Hits from the Shows
Mondays 24th April – 10th July
This 10 week term we will be working on Hits from the Shows with a view to joining Kensington Choir directed by Roseanna Skikun – for a concert 9th July.
The day after the concert, Monday 10th July, we will meet for one-off workshop session.
We hope some of the singers who boosted our numbers for the 2nd April Come and Sing will feel inspired to join us for this term’s rehearsals exploring a different style of music.
We will as ever be guided by the enthusiastic
Phil Wilcox and accompanied by our brilliant pianist Philip Godfrey.
Whether or not you came to the Come and Sing, new choir members are always welcome.
If you are coming for a taster or joining the choir, either email firstname.lastname@example.org or just turn up for 7.30pm and say hello to Bev at the desk.
Come and Sing Mozart Requiem Sunday 2nd April 2023
A wonderful experience!
We were delighted to welcome over 50 guests for our workshop and performance! There were barely enough chairs for the audience as we had moved 50 of them to the choir space. Phil sang the bass solo at the same time as conducting behind his back. Philip ingeniously played the wind and brass orchestral parts on the piano. We were magnificently supported by four stunning soloists (including Phil) and the Castillo string quartet. And the sound we made was pretty good!
“a really uplifting experience”
“enjoyed it enormously”
“just brilliant, from the fabulous and enthusiastic leading of Phil Wilcox, to the excellent quartet, soloists and pianist and the welcome coffee and hot cross buns!”
More photos and comments will appear on the News page and/or the special Come and Sing page with details of the event: fleetsingers.org.uk/come-and-sing-mozart-requiem
Spring Term 2023 – 16 January to 27 March
Spring Term rehearsals working on
Mozart Requiem in preparation
for the 2nd April Come and Sing
Autumn Term 2022 – 12 September to 12 December
Our new term starts Monday 12th September with a return to the pre-Covid times of 7.30-9.30pm with a (Fairtrade) tea/coffee + biscuit break.
This year we will plunge straight into preparing for our Christmas concert which will be at St John’s United Reform Church in New Barnet, an exciting modern building with excellent acoustics (and ventilation) on December 16th. Messiah and Carols is a joyful and impressive programme of Christmas movements of Handel’s Messiah interleaved with much-loved traditional carols in harmony arrangements, including soloists and accompanied on the organ. The carols include Joy to the World, In the Bleak Midwinter, Silent Night, Merry Christmas.
Summer Soirée – Sunday 10th July 2022 6pm
We are now ready to share the fruits of our summer term rehearsals in an informal concert.
Music by Vaughan Williams, Barber and our accompanist local composer Philip Godfrey,
along with a Prayer for Ukraine. There will also be solos from members of the choir.
Sunday 10th July 2022 6pm at Gospel Oak Methodist Church, Agincourt Road,
Corner with Lisburne Road, London NW3 2NT [map]
Free entry, donations welcomed
Summer Term 2022
Following our successful 3rd April performance of Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light Requiem and a short Easter break, we will be regrouping Monday 25th April for our 10 week summer term.
We’ll be working towards a summer concert performing some of the pieces we spent time on in lockdown including “Making Poems” which was commissioned from our accompanist Philip with words from Fleet Singers alto Cicely Herbert who co-founded Poems on the Underground.
We will also be revising another piece composed by Philip Godfrey, Day by Day, a setting the words of the Prayer of St Richard of Chichester which we recorded during lockdown.
We will also be learning some of Vaughan Williams 5 Folk Songs,
A Prayer for Ukraine and a fun upbeat African number called Shosholoza.
We continue to meet for rehearsals at the Gospel Oak Methodist Church, with Covid precautions. The rehearsals are hybrid, so members can attend on Zoom if they prefer. We are welcoming new members – contact us by email and come along for a FREE trial session.
£60 for ten weeks – cheques made payable to Fleet Singers.