Pop Choir? How about Jazz Choir?

Cocktail TableThat’s right, this term we’re going to be a Jazz Choir! Rehearsals for our Jazzy Winter Show start on Monday 11th September!!

I had a fantastic meeting with Pete, the leader of the Jazz Band “Second Line” yesterday and we’re both really excited about the song selection. I think you will be too!

Rehearsals start on Monday 11th September 2017 at 7:30pm at Lyppard Hub, Warndon Villages, Worcester. No auditions and everyone’s welcome. Call Helen on 01905 747827 or email helen@expressyourselfchoir.com

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Showtime – Free Charity Concert

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Come and see Helen Russell’s fabulous Express Yourself Pop Choir as they sing the very best songs from their favourite shows and films, plus a bit of pop!

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Raising money for Worcester Kodály’s Every Child Campaign. Raising money to deliver local teacher training in the Kodály Approach to Music Education. To empower teachers to help our children reap the social and academic benefits of effective music education through singing.

Saturday 15th July 2017 at 2pm.
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Les Misérables

Have you always wanted to be in a choir? Why not join our friendly, non-auditioned choir at Lyppard Hub, Warndon Villages, Worcester on Monday 9th January 2017 at 7:30pm. All adults are welcome, regardless of experience or ability.

I’m not the only member of Express Yourself Pop Choir that loves Les Mis! We had a choir trip to London to see it a couple of years ago, and even our less enthusiastic members were blown away. Some of the songs have amazing harmonies, others have intricate weaving of different melodies from previous solos. However, “Do You Hear The People Sing” is simple and yet dramatic. A great song that is used again for great effect as the finale!

Did you know that it was only re-used as the full ensemble finale when the English language version was produced. The original French version didn’t include it.

If you want to sing great songs with us this term then come along on Monday!

Matilda

As you know, I’m currently working my way through all my favourite pop songs and musicals to put together next term’s repertoire for Express Yourself Pop Choir. Our first rehearsal is Monday 9th January 2017 and we always welcome new members with open arms so pop along to Lyppard Hub, Warndon Villages, Worcester WR4 0SY. We’re a community choir so there are no auditions and everyone is welcome.

A couple of years ago I organised choir trip to London to see Matilda. It was a fantastic day and an amazing show. There are so many great songs but I have a particular soft spot for Naughty and the super cute When I Grow Up.

I love watching this medley of the two songs from a Royal Variety Performance.

When I’m Gone – Pitch Perfect

I’m working my way through the long list of songs suggested by the choir for next term’s Express Yourself Pop Choir “Stage and Screen” show.

Pitch Perfect is obviously going to be a favourite film for singers! Some great arrangements and mashups of songs sung by the Barden Bella’s and their acapella rivals. However there’s also a lovely gem sung by Beca for her Bella audition known as The Cup Song because it’s accompanied by rhythm cups. It also made a gorgeous harmonious appearance in Pitch Perfect 2 round the campfire.

Lulu and the Lampshades added the cup rhythms, and lots more, in their version called You’re Gonna Miss Me which is a cover of The Carter Family‘s When I’m Gone. It’s fascinating to listen to the different versions.

However here it is done brilliantly as always by YouTube superstar, musician and songwriter Kurt Schneider with Sam Tsui, Alex G and Kina Grannis. A beautiful arrangement, excellent musicianship and accomplished Rhythm Cupping!!

Remember the new term starts on Monday 9th January 2017 at 7:30pm at Lyppard Hub, Warndon Villages, Worcester. No auditions and everyone’s welcome.

Stage and Screen

What a fantastic year 2016 was for Express Yourself Pop Choir. We had two amazing concerts to raise money for the Myriad Centre in Worcester and now we’re all enjoying a break over Christmas.

However, while you’re all relaxing (well, at least I hope you are – for a few minutes at least) I’m busy trawling through all the suggestions for next term provided by the choir.

The final list is still a way off, but I’ll share some of the suggestions from the choir. Our theme is Stage and Screen so we’ll have a good spread of classic and modern show tunes with a bit of pop thrown in!

If you’re interested in joining us, our next rehearsal is on Monday 9th January at 7:30pm at the Lyppard Hub, Warndon Villages, Worcester.

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