Please contact Charlie if you are an OAP or full time student as you will be entitled to a 10& discount on your termly fees. You will provided with a discount code for checkout.
Who we are
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.
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.
St Stephens Cabaret Night - 13th February. A small group of 20 SingWest members are going to be performing in a 1920’s inspired cabaret night to raise money for this brilliant local school.
‘A Little Respect’ family Workshop - Sunday 16th February at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith W6 at 3.30pm. An 90 minute workshop where you’ll learn the Erasure classic which we’ll sing in the atrium at the end. A brilliant way to encourage your teens to momentarily cast aside their phones and have a fun bonding session with your family. Everyone welcome and, as always, absolutely no experience required - tickets on sale here.
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.
More fun, more music, more fleeting moments of the type of transcendental enlightenment that only singing in a group can provide. Plus more wine.