Back in the day, before loo roll and hand sanitiser became the world's most precious commodities and people thought nothing of meeting up to sing and have a few drinks of an evening, SingWest was a fast growing choral movement which started in West London. Those times will come again and we can't wait to reignite our choirs and workshops and double down on their inclusive ethos - no auditions, no pressure, no embarrassment.
In the meantime, join us Wednesday nights for our virtual choir which is chaotic but very fun - details via our newsletter here....
We have choirs in Hammersmith, Barnes and Queen's Park and will open in Ealing later in the year.
Our choirs are open, inclusive and relaxed. None of us are especially talented vocalists, some of us are genuinely awful. Everyone is totally welcome. There is no pressure, you will never be required to sing a solo, it's easy to hide at the back and laugh, and we promise you will never feel self-conscious or embarrassed.
In a hectic and fast moving world, very few things are better for boosting happiness and well-being than singing in a group. According to research singing strengthens the immune system, enhances posture, helps with sleep, acts as a natural anti-depressant, lowers stress levels, improves blood circulation (which in turn helps mental alertness, concentration, and memory), widens your circle of friends and boosts confidence and self-belief.
We've all found the life-affirming and restorative power of music is an amazing antidote to the strain and routine of everyday life and we think everyone should experience it.
If you're - inexplicably - still feeling unconvinced, then hit the button below for a chat with one of our founders, Charlotte.
SingWest is the creation of three friends who love music, people and sloping off to the pub.
Charlie Orr is a former advertising executive and garden designer. After her third child, Charlie wanted to rekindle a love of music and singing, and, having tried local choirs, she decided to start SingWest for people who wanted a more informal, fun format.
Dafydd Evans is a singer songwriter from Wales, who trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and The Academy of Contemporary Music achieving a First Class BMus (Hons) degree in vocal performance. He is a former member of Only Men Aloud, which won BBC 1’s 'Last Choir Standing' contest. Their debut album sold over 250,000 copies in the UK and their second album won Best Classical Album at the Classical Brit Awards.
Cian Brennan-Gavin is a classically trained Bass/baritone singer from Ireland, and a graduate of both The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Guildford School of Acting. He was also a member of Only Men Aloud, and over his career Cían has performed alongside luminaries such as Juan Diego Florez, Katherine Jenkins, Josh Groban, Brian May, Russell Watson and Shirley Bassey.
Both Daf and Cian have appeared on TV numerous times, performed in lots of swanky places and toured extensively throughout the UK and the US. Poor Charlie has done none of those things, tragically.
Where we are
There are three SingWest choirs - in Hammersmith, Queen's Park and Barnes.
For obvious reasons they are currently suspended 😢
Ordinarily, yes. One is based in Hammersmith (here) and they rehearse on Mondays. at 7.30pm . One is in Queen's Park (here) and they rehearse on Tuesdays at 7.30pm. One is in Barnes (here) and they rehearse on Wednesdays, also at 7.30pm.
What kind of music do you sing?
A pretty accessible mix of contemporary, classical, folk, carols and so on.
But I can’t read music. Or even sing especially well if I'm honest.
That doesn’t matter - very few of us can read music. It’s not about a perfect musical performance. It’s about an uplifting, life-affirming moment in an otherwise slightly humdrum week.
Hmmm. You’re right that my existence has become a little predictablemaybe. What are the other people there like?
Really nice. Not too earnest. Almost normal you could say.
7.30pm, like we said. Jeez.
Is there a charge?
Your first week will be free to see if you enjoy it, after that it will cost a tenner a session.
Can I call someone to discuss something?
Sure. Ring Charlie on 07710 541192.
Are you on social media?
Yes, when we remember to post. You can follow us on Instagram here.
2020 throw forward
2020 promises to be even busier as the SingWest movement grows, so here’s another Top Ten, this time of the things we’re most excited about for this year:
Huge news. We’re really excited to announce that SingWest are opening a brand new choir in Queens Park. Please come along to a free taster session on 25th Feb at St Anne’s & St Andrews Church, Salusbury Rd NW6 6RG (the one with the unmissably large dome). Contact Charlotte for details, as always.
Barnes Music Festival – Come and Sing Oliver! on the15th March. No better way to spend a Sunday afternoon - join us at Kitson Hall (Kitson Rd, Barnes, London SW13 9HJ) from 2pm, before we perform for friends and family at St Mary’s at 6pm. Tickets are available here and cost just £10.
SingWest merchandise. Early days, but we are looking at producing a range of merch, including hoodies, tote bags and water bottles. Samples to follow for your feedback in the back half of the year.
More huge news. A fourth SingWest choir is opening in April, this time in Ealing. This choir will meet on Tuesdays - the exact date and venue on Ealing Broadway to be announced soon. Please spread the word.
Workshop at The Hogarth Club W4 on the 15th May. Join us for an evening of singing, food and dancing. Tickets on sale very soon.
SingWest Summer Concerts for all choirs in June. Last year’s summer concerts were a triumph and obviously June seems like ages away, but we are already starting to plan for concerts in the early summer.
More Oppidan Workshops, this time on 11th July in Henley and 27th July in Hertfordshire. Tickets on Sale soon here.
Amazing things at Christmas.
More fun, more music, more fleeting moments of the type of transcendental enlightenment that only singing in a group can provide.
End of Covid 19 and the resumption of normal service.