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  • London Winter Run 2024
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 1 Mar 2024
    London Winter Run 2024
    We had an absolutely brrr-illiant time singing at the 2024 Cancer Research UK London Winter Run in February. We conquered the cold and sang for 22,000 runners! The London Winter Run organiser raised over £735,000 for Cancer Research UK this year! We were so proud to be able to support this amazing event again and we all felt so good that we managed to put big smiles on your faces!
  • MD Award and Side by Side Award
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 15 Feb 2024
    MD Award and Side by Side Award
    Our upbeat AGM saw the focus on our year ahead with positivity and enthusiasm! We listened to a rousing and inspiring report from our MD Debi, which encouraged us to individually take control of our Chorus direction. We have some amazing talent both longstanding and new. Debi presented her MD Award to Marie-Claire, a worthy winner who had transitioned from Lead to Tenor with determination and huge confidence during 2023. Our Side-By-Side Award for services to Chorus aside from singing and performing went to Sonal, for her brilliant work in finding and running our Singouts, and her diplomatic and listening skills on Committee. We look forward to growing in both skills and strength in the year ahead!
  • Capital Connection Presents – A Gleeful Christmas!
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 15 Feb 2024
    Capital Connection Presents – A Gleeful Christmas!
    December 2023 saw us perform at St Andrews Church, Harrow for our wonderful Christmas concert. We sang Christmas classics and some of our current repertoire to a large delighted audience, who even joined in for a verse of Hark The Herald and O Come all Ye Faithful! Our new arrangement of Silent Night was hauntingly beautiful, set off to perfection by the acoustics of such a peaceful Church. We were also thrilled to present Nower Hill School’s fabulous Glee Club, who wowed us with their own performance and enthusiasm. A great evening, with drinks and plenty of cake plus a fantastic raffle, got everyone in the Christmas mood!
  • Sing A Cappella Course
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 15 Feb 2024
    Sing A Cappella Course
    September 2023 brought our Sing A Cappella Course to fruition, with an amazing attendance of twelve new women with a passion for singing. We tackled two songs, Proud Mary and All of Me, and the six week course was a journey of laughter, learning and enjoyment.  It was great to have our chorus risers full with enthusiastic students! Our course culminated with a fabulous concert performance to our friends and relatives, followed by refreshments and pats on the backs!
  • Summer Connections Evening
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 15 Feb 2024
    Summer Connections Evening
    In July 2023 we held our Summer Connections Evening, which brought together other Chorus’s and singing groups for a night of harmony, support and encouragement. We were joined by guests from Welwyn Harmony, Eclipse, Thameside and Knights of Harmony who all performed for us and with us, as well as sharing thoughts together on learning and improving our skills. The Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers helped us to fund this evening with a much welcomed financial grant, to encourage spreading the Barbershop word! It was a brilliant evening that we’d love to repeat, and was a great way to share our passion with other like-minded people. And so of course, there were plenty of drinks and cake!
  • Llangollen International Eisteddfod 2023
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 15 Feb 2024
    Llangollen International Eisteddfod 2023
    Llangollen International Eisteddfod 2023 was an experience of epic proportions, including rain! We were thrilled to perform at such a prestigious competition amongst such incredible top talent from across the world. We had an amazing time on stage and were rightly proud of our performance. Sadly the stormy, torrential weather put paid to the festival experience that Eisteddfod usually has to offer, but we thoroughly enjoyed some afterglow on the coach home with a fabulous choir from Scotland!
  • Capital Connection Have An Outstanding Day Out!
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 8 Jul 2022
    Capital Connection Have An Outstanding Day Out!
    On Saturday 1st July, 20 members of the chorus, including 4 of our newest members travelled down South to take part in the Bournemouth Music Competitions Festival. 

    As with so many choruses, our last experience of competing was back in 2019 and although the chorus has been very active on the outside singout front in recent months, it is a very different experience singing inside and in front of a captive audience!
    There were, of course, some pre-performance nerves on the day, but overall there was a sense of excitement and desire to get out and perform to others.

    We premiered our 2022 Convention Package in the Barbershop Class and it’s fair to say we were all extremely surprised and delighted when we were announced winners of the class and awarded an Outstanding certificate. We then went on to come second in two other classes, gaining Distinctions in both, and couldn’t believe our ears when we were announced overall Choir of the Year!

    We came to the competition with no expectations, other than to enjoy ourselves and entertain the audience and, from the judge’s comments, this obviously shined through. We were particularly amused by one of his comments on synchronicity that said we had “spanked it” – Debi did double-check with him afterwards that this was a positive comment!

    It was such a wonderful experience to be amongst fantastic choruses and choirs doing what we all love once again, and it was great to see other barbershop choruses too, including Spinnaker, who put on some fabulous performances.  

    Our newbies have now got the taste for competing, so we’re sure they’ll love our next trip to Bournemouth in October!
  • AGM 2022
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 18 Feb 2022
    AGM 2022
    It's hard to believe it was a year since our Zoom AGM of 2021, yet here we were again for the 2022 AGM meeting on Zoom and it all felt more than familiar!  Fortunately, it was a temporary setback due to self-isolating and Covid within the chorus and normal service was soon resumed 2 weeks later.

    Despite being back on Zoom for the AGM, 2021 couldn't have been more different to the previous year.  We have achieved so much since returning in May, with a fantastic new venue, plentiful singouts and a fabulous cohort of new members joining the chorus.

    Awards were announced on the night, but presented in person over the last 2 weeks during rehearsals:

    The MD's Award was presented by Debi to one of our newest full members, Sharan Chowdhury, for her enthusiastic approach to song learning, singouts, member recruitment and embracing all things barbershop!

    The Side by Side Award was presented by Sue to Mair Rainbow for the fantastic job she has done over the past 8 months looking after all of our new members and visitors and really going the extra mile in her role.

    Long Service Awards were presented by our new Chair, Linda as follows:

    Debi Cox - 25 years
    Rhoda Maw - 20 years
    Mair Rainbow - 15 years
    Michelle Chard - 5 years
    Marie-Claire Church - 5 years
    Lisa Smith - 5 Years
    Julia Blyth - 5 Years 

    This year's AGM was a real acknowledgement and celebration of everything we have achieved over the past year,  but as Debi rightly reminded us, we now have lots of work ahead to prepare for Convention later in the year and we are ready for action!
  • A Hat-Trick of Long Service Awards
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 30 Sep 2021
    A Hat-Trick of Long Service Awards
    This year we were delighted to present not just one, but three of our members with LABBS Long Service Awards!

    A huge congratulations to these three lovely ladies!

    Debi Cox – 25 yearss

    Debi is our Musical Director. Originally a singing member of the chorus, Debi became our MD in 2003 and has continued to successfully lead Capital Connection, with the chorus consistently remaining one of the top 10 ladies choruses in the country. Outside of chorus, Debi is very active in LABBS as a music judge and educator and has been Category Director and Head of Education & Judging in recent years.  We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated and knowledgeable MD!

    Sue Gordon – 35 years

    We were delighted to welcome Sue back to the chorus recently, after a break of 3 years. During this time, Sue remained Club At Large and kept up to date with all things barbershop!  Since returning, she has changed voice parts and now sings with our bass section.  As well as being an experienced and knowledgeable member of the chorus, Sue is definitely the person to hang with at Convention if you want to mix and mingle, but be warned – you’ll be up til the early hours!

    Seager Banks – 35 years

    Seager has been with us for more than 10 years, singing Tenor. She is an active member of the chorus, having previously been a section leader and now member of the PMSC and Performance Team. Prior to singing with us, she was a member of Velvet Harmony Chorus.  Seager is such a dedicated member that she travels all the way from Kent each week to rehearse and is always ready to sign up for sing-outs, despite the distance!
  • Capital Connects!
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 20 May 2021
    Capital Connects!
    It was the rehearsal we had all been waiting for.  Apart from one brief outdoor meet up last September, last night was the first time that some of our members had seen one another in over a year and it was fantastic to have a full turn-out, including our 3 leave of absence members, Julia, Karen and Denise – Welcome back ladies!  

    As if it wasn’t exciting enough to all be together once again, it was the first time that many of our members had seen our new venue.  Although we are unable to rehearse inside at the moment, everyone had the opportunity to have a quick look around and, for now, our rehearsals will take place in the church’s private field – with just us and the wild-life for company!

    We are initially back for shorter rehearsals for the time being. Starting with plenty of warm-ups, we finally reached the glorious moment of singing some of our repertoire in full harmony once again! Outdoor harmony singing is a challenge, especially when you are socially-distanced, but we think we did a great job and Debi seemed to think so too!

    We finished the evening with 3 birthdays and a quick drink to toast a successful evening!                      

    Here's Seager, Julia and Katy conducting Happy Birthday!
  • Capital Connection Have a New Home!
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 5 May 2021
    Capital Connection Have a New Home!
    For some time, we have been talking about looking for a new rehearsal venue. We have been at Deane Park Hall in South Ruislip for a very long time (over 25 years!) and have had many happy times there, but we found it no longer suited our requirements. Finding a new venue during lockdown was never going to be easy, but with some tenacious research from our members, we are finally delighted and excited to announce that when we return in person, it will be in our new home at St. Andrews Roxbourne in Rayners Lane, Harrow.

    A New Sociable Venue

    St Andrews meets all (and more) of our needs including a large, clean airy and light-filled rehearsal hall, stage, breakout areas for section rehearsals and even a private field which is perfect if we are restricted to rehearsing outside.  It offers us an inviting environment to put on our own shows and also the opportunity to work with the church and local community on joint events, something we have been missing very much over the last year or so.

    We can’t wait to start rehearsing face to face again and our new venue is the icing on the cake!

    If you’d like to come and visit us, please get in touch.

    Capital Connection’s new venue is:

    St Andrew’s, Roxbourne
    89 Malvern Avenue
    Rayners Lane
    Harrow HA2 9ER

    We look forward to seeing you!

  •  Date Posted: Sat, 23 Jan 2021
    Our Annual General Meeting was held last Wednesday. But this year, of course, it was a little bit different as it was held via Zoom. Something we have all got very used to over the past 10 months! 

    It is a challenge to run a singing group (or any type of musical group), through lockdowns and social distancing, but we are proud to still be here, meeting weekly on Zoom, thanks to our MD Debi. And we are patiently waiting for the opportunity when it is safe for us to meet once again in person. 

    It was a positive, and at times, emotional meeting, reflecting on the difficulties we have faced over the past year. But it also showed just how strong we are, not only as a chorus, but as a group of friends, and how we have even managed to progress with many of our plans despite all of the restrictions.

    The meeting ended on a happy note, with the presentation of our 2 chorus awards – the Side by Side Award and the MD’s Award.

    The Side by Side Award

    This is presented to a chorus member who has put a lot of effort into serving the Club over the past year, perhaps someone who has worked hard in the background to help make things happen and who does not get much recognition, or someone perhaps in the forefront who has gone truly above and beyond what you would expect of them for the good of the Club.

    The recipient of the Side by Side Award for 2021 was Sue Madden, for all her work in getting the new Chorus website up and running.  Sue was presented her award by last year’s winner, Ruth Howe.

    The MD Award

    This is presented to a chorus member who has put that bit extra into the performing/singing side of the chorus. It could be someone who has made a noticeable personal improvement or effort during the past year in relation to learning and putting into practice musical or performance skills, or someone who has gone above and beyond their chorus role to help others for example.

    The recipient of the MD Award for 2021 was Marie-Claire Church, for all she has done in helping to source, produce and distribute new chorus costume in line with our new logo and re-branding. Marie-Claire was presented her award by last year’s winner, Roisin Tomlin.

  • Long Service Awards 2020!
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2021
    Long Service Awards 2020!

    2020 was not a year that you would naturally associate with celebrating. Nevertheless, we still had some things to cheer about!  Long Service Awards are usually presented at our Convention dress rehearsal in October in front of our supporters, so this year we had to do it a bit differently and get creative with Zoom and video recordings.

    LABBS 35 Year Award

    Our current longest-standing member, Linda Stevens, received her LABBS 35 year Certificate and Long Service Award in 2020 – a fantastic achievement!

    Linda is one of our Assistant MDs and over the years she has undertaken many roles in the chorus, always in an enthusiastic and positive way. She is a valued and experienced chorus member as well as a good friend to us all!

    As we were unable to hand over the award in the usual way, our Chair, Claire visited Linda to present it to her (in a socially distanced way of course), together with a bouquet of flowers. We also videoed the presentation and showed it at our next Zoom rehearsal so that everyone could share in Linda's acheivement.
    Capital Connection Long Service Pins

    At our 2021 Zoom AGM in January, our Membership Secretary, Sue, presented 3 of our members with long service pins:

    Seager Banks – 10 years
    Naidene White – 10 years
    Claire Hearne – 5 years

    Congratulations Ladies!

  • We'll Meet Again
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 11 Sep 2020
    We'll Meet Again
    With the news of a change in guidelines for amateur singing groups to meet and rehearse again, we were eager to schedule our first rehearsal since lockdown.

    The rehearsal took place in a local park where we were able to get together in a safe, sensible and socially distanced way.  We have all missed our Wednesday evening rehearsals so much, so it was lucky that the weather was on our side – although we were all so desperate to rehearse together again that we would just have brought our raincoats and brollies and braved the rain if necessary!

    We only met for an hour, but we packed lots in.  Our MD Debi, led us in some warm ups and established repertoire songs, followed by the first real run-through together of our three lockdown learners – Wake Me Up, Don’t Stop and A Million Dreams. Singing together after such a long time was an emotional experience for everyone.

    We also made sure we had time to catch up with each another and even managed a socially distanced photo shoot for some of our new walk out costume.  However, it was a bittersweet evening, as only just the night before, further social restrictions were announced, and although we can technically continue to meet, at the moment it doesn’t feel the right thing to do to keep our members safe.

    So, as the song goes, We’ll meet again, don’t know where don’t know when…  but wherever and whenever it is, it will be another emotional evening we’re sure.
  • Community Matters
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 3 Sep 2020
    Community Matters
    In August, we were delighted to hear that we had been chosen by our local Waitrose as one of three local groups that month to receive a donation of £333 from their charity, Community Matters.

    At a time when we are unable to perform paid sing outs to raise funds, it is a very welcome donation and we would like to give a big thank you to Waitrose, Ruislip for choosing us. We look forward to putting the donation to good use to both reach out to the local community to recruit new members and to, once again, entertain them as soon as we are able to.

  • Welcome to our new website and a fresh new look!
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 1 Sep 2020
    Welcome to our new website and a fresh new look!

    Capital Connection have had a major rebrand, but you might ask why now? We say why not?

    We have had the same image and branding for many years and wanted to review our image to reflect who we are as a group and to refresh our approach, energy and commitment.   We decided to look at all aspects of our brand from logo and website to costume.   We saw this as an opportunity to not only increase the energy of the chorus but to attract new members.


    The new logo, which we love, now clearly represents and reflects who we are and the new colour scheme will be echoed through our social media, publicity and costume.


    Updating your wardrobe always gives you a lift, so we have done this now to give everyone that much needed boost! It was an opportunity to give us a new fresh look, which is vibrant and eye catching.

    The new colour palette of navy, white and lime green is a massive change from our purple and yellow and the beautiful white hoodies will let us stand out in a crowd!


    We are currently a small, but perfectly formed bunch! The re launch has given us a focus for our energies and, when we are able to recommence regular rehearsals again, will ultimately be an important tool in attracting new members


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