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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all of the past, present and future singers from the Express Yourself Choirs and our audiences!

You’ll be pleased to know that before I switched off my brain for Christmas I carefully selected the songs for next term! Term starts on Monday 6th January 2014 at Lyppard Grange Community Centre, Worcester WR4 0DZ.

Singing is such a wonderful hobby. Perhaps you are thinking of joining a choir as one of your New Year Resolutions. If you are interested in joining there are spaces. Just give me a ring on 01905 747827.

Winter Show Success

What a great show!

Last Saturday all three Express Yourself singing groups gathered in front of family and friends to put on a fabulous winter show. I know I always say our concerts are the best yet, but this time I really mean it. All three choirs were word perfect, pitch perfect and even dance move perfect!! I know!

Show Tunes Choir opened the show with “Comedy Tonight” from Something Happened on the Way to the Forum. An ideal song to open with! This was followed by a classic Burt Bacharach number from Promises, Promises called “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”. We sang two songs from the amazing Tim Minchin musical Matilda; “Naughty” and “When I Grow Up”. Quite a challenging couple of songs for the timing but totally worth the effort. I think these were my favourites of the Show Tunes set. Without puppets we sang a heart rending version of Avenue Q’s “There’s A Fine Fine Line” and then we finished with the classic from Oliver “Who Will Buy”.

Next up were the beautiful harmonies of Glee Club. This is my chance to perform as Glee Club don’t need a conductor. We started with a beautiful rendition of The Beatles’ “Blackbird” followed by Alicia Keys anthemic “Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down”. We cranked up the emotions with a classic from En Vogue, “Don’t Let Go” and then rocked into the interval with “Wings” by Little Mix.

During the interval my hard working charity fundraisers, led by Jenny, sold tickets for our raffle. Traditionally our Winter Show star prize is a Christmas homemade hamper. I’m sure this helped us with our raffle ticket sales! We ended up raising £140, bringing our total for the year to £400!! Every penny raised over the year is being sent to the Worcester branch of Women’s Aid to help women and children who have been victims of domestic abuse. A very worthy cause so well done everyone for your hard work and kind donations.

The second half was dominated by the amazing Express Yourself Pop Choir. I knew in the dress rehearsal we were going to be in for a treat and I wasn’t disappointed. It felt like a party on stage! At Pop Choir we love mixing up current chart hits with classic pop and this term was no exception. We kicked off with “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys followed quickly by Janelle Monae’s infectious chart hit “Dance Apocalyptic”. A change of pace with Smokey Robinson and The Miracles and their motown hit “You Really Got A Hold On Me” and Caro Emerald’s reggae version of Jason Mraz’s popular song “I’m Yours”. Jump back in time to the 1970s and Wings with “Jet”. When I say jump, I mean literally! Our boys at the back, always up for a bit of fun, demonstrated spectacularly timed jumps, with cheesy pointing. It really made the song, and made the audience chuckle too. Well done boys! We followed that with a bit of a tongue twister from the Midlands sensation Jake Bugg, “Lightning Bolt”. Another favourite of the choir. To finish the set we sang two songs by The Kinks, “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of the Night”

Now with it being Christmas we couldn’t let the Finale go by without singing our favourite Christmassy songs! All the choirs, and some of the audience, raised their voices to sing “I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus”, “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Frosty The Snowman” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. Then, because it’s got to be done, we finished with the world’s best Christmas song! Of course, it’s “Fairytale of New York”. What a classic and so much fun to sing. The audience went wild!

Thank you to all of my singers and all of your friends and family who make up our audience. It couldn’t be done without you. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and I’ll see you all again on Monday 6th January! By then I will have chosen our next batch of songs! It’s no mean feat when faced with an unlimited supply of amazing choices! If only we could live forever so that we can keep on singing!

If you want join our fun audition-free pop choir then get in touch. We meet every week in term time at Lyppard Grange Community Centre, Worcester. We’d love to have you!

Favourite Pop Choir Songs – Current Chart Hits

Part three of my favourite Pop Choir songs! (Part One – Early 21st Century, Part Two – 1950s and 60s)

I’ve been thinking ahead to the fifth anniversary show of Express Yourself Pop Choir this summer. It’s going to be a “best of” but oh my goodness, how to choose! I can’t quite believe we have learnt over 200 songs! We’ve had songs from all the decades from the 1950s right through to the hits of 2013!

We’ve done so many fabulous contemporary songs from the current charts I couldn’t narrow it down any further!!

Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepson
Dance With Me by Tonight Olly Murs
Forget You by Cee-Lo Green
Lego House by Ed Sheeran
Marry You by Bruno Mars
Price Tag by Jessie J
The Cave by Mumford and Sons
What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction
Dance Apocalyptic by Janelle Monae
Diamonds by Rihanna
I knew you were trouble by Taylor Swift
Titanium by David Guetta
Troublemaker by Olly Murs
One Way or Another by One Direction
Black Heart by Stooshe
Just the way you are by Bruno Mars
Rolling in the Deep by Adele

Watch this space as I choose my favourites from all the decades! If you want join our fun audition-free pop choir, then get in touch. We meet every week in term time at Lyppard Grange Community Centre, Worcester. We’d love to have you!

Favourite Pop Choir Songs – 1950s and 1960s

Part two of my favourite Pop Choir songs! (Part One – Early 21st Century)

I’ve been thinking ahead to the fifth anniversary show of Express Yourself Pop Choir this summer. It’s going to be a “best of” but oh my goodness, how to choose! I can’t quite believe we have learnt over 200 songs! We’ve had songs from all the decades from the 1950s right through to the hits of 2013!

Here are a couple of my favourites from the 1950s and 1960s

Be My Baby by The Ronettes
Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations
California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and Papas
Da Doo Ron Ron by The Crystals
Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles
Hey Jude by The Beatles
Son Of A Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield

Watch this space as I choose my favourites from all the decades! If you want join our fun audition-free pop choir then get in touch. We meet every week in term time at Lyppard Grange Community Centre, Worcester. We’d love to have you!

Favourite Pop Choir Songs – 21st Century

I’ve been thinking ahead to the fifth anniversary show of Express Yourself Pop Choir this summer. It’s going to be a “best of” but oh my goodness, how to choose! I can’t quite believe we have learnt over 200 songs! We’ve had songs from all the decades from the 1950s right through to the hits of 2013!

Here are a couple of my favourites from the early 21st Century!

Beautiful by Christina Aguilera
Greatest Day by Take That
Make You Feel My Love by Adele
Reach by S Club 7
Valerie by Amy Winehouse

Watch this space as I choose my favourites from all the decades! If you want join our fun audition-free pop choir then get in touch. We meet every week in term time at Lyppard Grange Community Centre, Worcester. We’d love to have you!

Pop Choir

TERM RE-STARTS ON MONDAY 6TH JANUARY 2014

Come and sing popular songs with simple harmonies. There are no auditions and everyone is welcome regardless of ability.  It’s an excellent way to meet new people in a relaxed, friendly environment.

We rehearse on Mondays every week in term time at Lyppard Grange Community Centre, Warndon Villages, Worcester WR4 0DZ on Mondays from 7:30pm until 9:00pm.

Cost

All sessions are £4.50 if you pay per week but we have discounts for paying termly or monthly

How to Join
Just call Helen Russell on 01905 747827

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What sort of songs do you sing?

All sorts of things. We all make suggestions and then vote for our favourites. We choose new songs at the start of every term so we don’t get bored of singing the same things all the time! In Pop Choir this year we have sung The Foundations, Amy Winehouse, The Righteous Brothers, Jessie J, Olly Murs, Ben E King, Cee-lo Green, Dusty Springfield, Andy Williams and Take That. If you prefer Show Tunes then we do those too! We’ve sung songs from Wicked, West Side Story, Aladdin, Matilda, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma and Les Miserables. Here’s a review of our last show. Check out our blog to see which songs we’re doing this term!

Do I need to read music?

Not at all. If there are any harmonies then we learn them by ear.

Can I start partway through the term?
Of course! You can join anytime you like. If you join late in the term then you may feel you don’t want to join in the end of term show. But don’t worry, you can always use your lyric sheets, even in the show! Anything you need to feel confident! We have had people start during our very last rehearsal and still perform in the concert!!

Do you have any social events?
We sure do!! Every term we have an “official” social like a Fish and Chip Quiz Night or Christmas Dinner. Plus, because we are such a friendly bunch we are always arranging “unofficial” trips to the theatre, cinema or the pub! This summer we’re even going camping!!!

Will there be anyone “like me”?
We have 50 singers in Pop Choir aged from early 20s to young at heart retirees!! Then in between there’re loads of people just like Helen (mid 30s, two little boys!) We also have a gang of men who sit at the back and make mischief!! Under 18s are welcome but they must always be accompanied by an adult.