Sumer is icumen in

Epworth choir continues to rehearse weekly via Zoom, and following the success of our ‘spring term’ focus on Handel’s Messiah, to take us into the summer months we’ll be turning to folk song.

Rehearsals will begin again online from Wednesday 21st April at 7.30pm and we will be working on a wide range of folk songs arranged by Copeland, Britton and Hywel Davies.

If you would like to join us, we would love to ‘see’ you – just email and we will let you have logon details and the music. Hope to see you soon.

And for anyone wondering about the title – here’s the reference! Sumer_is_icumen_in

Handel’s Messiah Workshops

We’re delighted to share details of a series of workshops Michael and Laurence will be running based around Handel’s Messiah

These workshops are aimed at everyone, and particularly those of you who may not have felt comfortable singing online. Only the vocal health workshop will involve any active participation. All the other sessions will take the form of relaxed and informal presentations, where we can explore this amazing piece of music in a bit more detail, alongside developing our musicianship skills. 

They are intended to be totally inclusive and collaborative: there will be opportunity to ask questions and share thoughts.

The sessions will run fortnightly, starting on Monday 1 February at 2-3pm. They will be recorded and uploaded online for those who cannot join live.

The Zoom link for all the sessions is: [Meeting ID: 940 7924 7223]

I heartily encourage you all to join – especially those of you who haven’t been singing since we moved online. Please spread the word to anyone you feel might like to tune in.

Handel’s Messiah

While we don’t yet know when we can get back to in-person rehearsals or concerts, we can nevertheless continue to learn music together each week via Zoom. This term, we’re rehearsing Handel’s Messiah.

If you’d like to join in, please take a look at the Join us (on Zoom!) page and contact us from there.

Bring a touch of Broadway to your Wednesday nights!

Anyone can join our weekly online rehearsals and bring a touch of Broadway to your Wednesday nights! We’ve recently re-started weekly online rehearsals and we reckon we’ve now perfected the format for a weekly singing fix in the comfort of your own home.

If you’ve wondered about joining a choir in the past but never got round to it, there is literally no better time to start. Remember: in cyberspace, nobody can hear you sing!

We are learning a range of familiar and well-loved Broadway songs including New York, New York, Tea for Two, What a Wonderful World and We’ll Gather Lilacs – amongst many others. And we’re hoping this will form the basis for our first concert once we’re able to restart live performances.

For more information about how our online rehearsals work and details of how to join, visit the Join Us (on Zoom!) page on our website.

POSTPONED: Karl Jenkins – The Armed Man

Concert posterPOSTPONED: Karl Jenkins – The Armed Man

The Committee have reached a decision that the safest option to protect the choir and our audience from the increased risk of exposure to the Corinavirus (Covid-19) is to postpone our performance of The Armed Man – A Mass for peace which we were due to perform on Saturday 21st March 2020 at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford.

We will contact all ticket holders in due course to advise on next steps.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and ask you to bear with us while we re-plan our schedule for the year.

Come and Sing Elijah this Saturday 1st February

Elijah posterHave you always fancied singing Mendelssohn’s Elijah or revisiting it if you’ve sung it before? Or perhaps you’re interested in joining a choir but not sure what it would be like.

Whatever the reason, singers of all ages and abilities are welcome at our Come and Sing day, when we will learn and then perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah for our friends and family – all in a single day!

These workshops are relaxed and fun, and most of those around you will either have never sung the piece before or at least not recently, so we’ll all be in the same boat.

Tickets are £20 or £10 for under 30’s and include refreshments and music hire. For more information and to book online, click here.

Free singing workshop

Laurence Williams

Laurence Williams

Looking for a new hobby for the new year? Fancy having a go at singing in a choir?

We’re running a free singing workshop on Wednesday 8th January from 7.30pm – 9.30pm at Trinity Methodist Church, Woking so why not give us a try? The workshop will be run by our very own assistant musical director and professional bass baritone, Laurence Williams.

Singers of all ages, abilities and voice parts welcome. All you need to bring is yourself plus 50p for a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit at the break halfway through the rehearsal. You can also contact us if you have any other questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you: Over £1100 raised for York Road Project so far

Thank you to everyone who has attended one of our concerts this season and helped us to raise over £1100 for the York Road Project!

This year, we have selected a charity to support for the whole year so we aim to significantly increase this total with our performance of The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins in March 2020 and our Broadway Review concert in June. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information about our upcoming concerts, visit the Future concerts page on our website.