Do you love singing?
Guest blog by Viv Graves of Addison Jazz
If your New Years’ resolution is to enjoy doing more of what you love, then joining your local community choir could be just the ticket.
The Addison Singers, established in West London over 30 years ago is a charitable, non-profit organisation and home to the Addison Jazz Choir and Ensemble. We perform a diverse range of popular music from the 1930s to the present day.
Our sound is kept fresh through the talents of our professional staff. Dr Jill Jarman is an accomplished jazz musician and contemporary composer whose work is performed world-wide. In recent years her commissions have included: a solo cello piece Resonance premiered in Yosemite National Park, a vocal piece St George’s Mass for the group Illustra and several pieces for Dame Evelyn Glennie including the world premiere in Sweden of Mindstream with Hugo Ticciati’s O/Mordernt Chamber Orchestra.
“Everyone can make music”
Since 2004 Jill has set the direction for Addison Jazz, arranging countless songs from across the Jazz canon, great show tunes, more recent iconic songs as well as her own compositions. You can find out more about Jill here
About working with Addison Jazz, Jill says ‘I like the process involved in working with a group of people and bringing out their musicality. Everyone can make music and it is wonderful to see people realising they are sounding great! Addison jazz choir has a lovely mix of people and we all just love singing’.
The Jazz Choir is an all female choir of around 45 members and welcomes everyone from beginners to experienced singers. You don’t need to read music and learning the songs is made easy with music sheets and a CD of your voice part made available on enrolment.
The Jazz Ensemble is a smaller group of experienced men and women singers conducted by Matthew Hough, an accomplished soloist, choral conductor and vocal coach. We audition for all voice parts.
The next concert will take place at London’s prestigious Brandenburg Vocal Festival on March 23rd. The Choir and Ensemble will join forces with an accomplished Jazz Trio to perform a programme of songs including: Every Time we say Goodbye, Blue Moon, Minnie the Moocher, Love me or Leave me and It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it aint got that swing).
Monday rehearsals at POSK
Weekly rehearsals are on Mondays starting on: 8th January at POSK, 238 King Street, W6 0RF. At 8pm-9.30pm (for the Jazz Choir*) and 6.30pm-8pm (for the Ensemble)
*You are welcome to come along and try a ‘taster session’ for the Choir during either the first or second rehearsal of term to see if you would like to join. Please contact Frederique on 07531 447960 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange for you to share music with a ‘buddy’ who will be able to answer any questions you have.
For more information please go to: www.addisonsingers.com/jazz-choirs