Performance: London Landmarks Half Marathon (for Mind - mental health charity)
Sun, 2 Apr 2023
We had a fun but freezing time entertaining the runners of the London Landmarks half marathon in aid of Mind. There were some fantastic sights to see running past us, including quite a few London Landmarks! We hope everyone enjoyed the entertainment!
We donned our thermals, capes and hoodies to entertain the runners of the London Winter 10k Run for our first singout of the year. As ever, the runners were so appreciative of all the entertainment, that you could (nearly) forget how cold it was!
It was lovely to be back with our first Christmas show since 2019 and the first Christmas show for all our newer members. The concert took place in the church next door to our rehearsal hall and we all loved the fantastic acoustics! We were also delighted to be joined by our special guest act, Hot Ticket mixed quartet who had recently won a Silver medal at the mixed quartet competition in October.
A firm favourite singout of ours is the Ideal Home Christmas Show. So it was great to be back there for 2022, not only to entertain the shoppers, but to pick up a few bargains ourselves! In between all that shopping, we sang 3 sets of Christmas songs throughout the day and had some lovely comments from the audiences who saw us.
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.
We premiered our 2022 Convention Package in the Barbershop Class and 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 were delighted to be invited to take part in the Ickenham Festival this summer. The Festival is a long-standing event which takes place every 2 years and hosts a week of community activities. The event is very well attended with a host of different things going on.
We sang a selection of our repertoire which was very well received and it was lovely to see lots of familiar faces in the audience - including some of our former and honorary members.
Afterwards, some of the chorus couldn't resist a photo opportunity on the carousel!
Our second City singout of the month and we were back at the road-side again. However, this time it was to support cyclists rather than runners = including one of our very own members, Ruth who was taking part with her husband and some friends. It was a real family event with lots of children and adults taking part and had a great vibe.
Debi wasn't there to lead us this time, but Linda and Sue, our assistant directors, ably took turns to keep everyone singing. The cyclists were really supportive and we got lots of cheers, thumbs up and waves as they passed by.
Roadside singouts are exhausting, but great fun to do and very rewarding. It's great to be supporting the runners at all levels, but particuarly heartwarming to see our singing making a difference and spurring on runners who are starting to flag.
We were situated at Bank (in our usual spot!) and it was great to be using our personal amps this year as it meant that our sound reached a lot further this year!
As usual, the elite runners whizzed passed us first and then we sang, and sang, and sang, until the final few runners made their way through! After all that singing, we felt it was only right to lubricate our tonsils at a nearby pub!
St George's Day Celebrations and Wheelbarrow Race 24th April 2022 Pinner
Sun, 24 Apr 2022
The Pinner St. George's Day Celebrations have taken place for many years, and the wheelbarrow race through the streets of Pinner is infamous! So we were delighted to be involved in this year's event. It was fabulous to see everyone out in the glorious sunshine, enjoying all the entertainment and stalls.
We received a brilliant reception to our set from the audience, singing lots of our up temo repertoire and had some great feedback. It was lovely to see lots of our familes and friends there too, supporting us. Thank you!
We love a road-side singout! Despite the early start and cold weather, it is always a rewarding experience boosting morale and encouraging the runners to keep on going, and this singout was no exception. It was also another opportunity to use our personal amps. Outdoor singouts can be challenging, but with our amps we could be heard before we were even seen!
It's great that there is a variety of entertainment arranged along the route, and we could see the delight and appreciation on all the participants faces, from the elite runners to those bringing up the rear.
We also couldn't resist a photo opportunity modelling our capes "Call the Midwife" style on the row of hire bikes next to us. Fortunately the only thing we had to deliver on the day was the entertainment!
Performance: Portobello Rd Christmas Sunday Street Market
Sun, 19 Dec 2021
A small, but perfectly formed chorus of our members performed at the famous Portobello Road for their last Christmas Market of the year. The weather was good, if not a bit chilly and lots of passers-by, young and old, stopped to listen and even join in!
There was added excitement to the event as we were performing in the road where there were occasional bikes and scooters whizzing by. Just a minor distraction for us on our little stage, but a bit more of a challenge for Debi who was standing in the road to direct us - Fortunately she got through the peformance unscathed!
All in all it was an uplifting end to a challenging year, and we are all grateful to have had so many opportunities to perform in public this year.
We were delighted to return to perform at Cannon Lane Primary School again, this time for their Christmas Fair in December.
The event had fantastic support from the local community and there was a great atmosphere. We sang all the seasonal favourites including a super-speedy version of Christmas Chopsticks (It is one of our specialities, although for some of our new members, the challenge is remembering all of the reindeers names in order, let alone singing them at speed!)
Local singouts are a great way of recruiting new members, and Debi was kept busy afterwards voice-testing some potential new members! Hopefully we look forward to seeing them when we return to rehearsing again in January.
Our first Christmas singout of 2021 and back in familiar territory for many of us. We last performed at the Ideal Home Christmas Show in 2019 and it was great to be back again, this time with some of our newest recruits.
We did 2 performances of our seasonal repertoire, led by Debi, right in the heart of the exhibition centre, and handily situated near to the prosecco stall, so we were guaranteed a captive audience! We had great feedback from the audience and it was a joy to be performing again.
The prosecco bar came in handy between performances (singing is thirsty work after all!) and after we finished our second performance, it was time to do a bit of Christmas shopping for ourselves!
We love singing at local events and Pinner's Welcome Back Market weekend in October was no exception. The High Street was full of stalls selling delicious food and crafts, kids rides and entertainers and it was bustling with local residents.
Being a fairly noisy outdoor event, it was the perfect opportunity to get a bit techie and try out our recently acquired personal amps and it was also a great opportunity for a first singout for four of our new associate members, who did an amazing job - Well done ladies!
We sang 2 short sets for the shoppers and, as ever, had a very appreciative audience stopping by to listen and some interest from a couple of potential new members too..
As you can see from the photos we all had a great time and hope everyone else did too!
Performance : Regents Park, Bandstand from 12:30pm
Sun, 15 Aug 2021
A SUNNY SUNDAY IN REGENT’S PARK!
Only 2 weeks on from our return to public performance, we were all very pleased to be singing out again at the Bandstand in Regent’s Park as part of their Summer Music Festival and for many of us, it was our first visit into the Capital in a very long time!
The bandstand was the perfect place to perform at, a beautiful setting with families and groups of friends having picnics, deckchairs set up and boats rowing past. We had a very appreciative and enthusiastic audience and lots of passers-by stopping to listen too.
With a 2-hour set to fill, the challenge was on, especially with a slightly limited repertoire (due to only recently returning to in-person rehearsals), but everyone rose to the occasion admirably – particularly Debi who did a great job as MC in addition to directing and even teaching the audience a thing or two about barbershop harmony, and also a special mention for Sharan, one of our newest recruits, who was taking part in her first chorus singout!
As you can see from the photos, we had a great time and we also got lots of lovely feedback from the audience.
The chorus were delighted to be invited to sing at the Pinner Village Gardens Summer Event on 1st August. It was so good to finally be performing in public again after 19 months, and as well as contributing to a worthwhile local cause, it was also the perfect way to ease ourselves back into the swing of things, with a couple of short sets of upbeat songs in an informal and relaxed setting.
There was a great turnout to the event and the sun shone warmly as we started our first set. Debi even got some of the audience clapping along with one of our new songs, Wake Me Up!
It was also the first opportunity for us to show off our new walkout costume, including scarves hot off the sewing machine by the lovely Sheila, and we couldn’t resist a recruitment opportunity with Rhoda and Rosh disappearing between songs to hand out leaflets to the audience!
However, all good things come to an end, and half -way through the last song of our second set, One Fine Day, the rain came – a few drops at first, but quickly turning to a downpour, bringing an abrupt end to the show!
All in all, it was a fantastic start to our return to singing out. We all had a brilliant time as you can see from the pictures and we can’t wait for our next performance at Regents Park on the 15th August!
A fabulous evening of joyful music to get us in the mood for Christmas! Carols and Christmas songs, with audience participation and a Can-Can finale! A fantastic fundraiser for our charity of 2019, The Catholic Workers' Farm.
Javier and Hannah from Cygnus Trio joined us for a beautiful performance and octet Eclipse treated us to a selection of their repertoire, delighting our packed audience.
Our fourth but not final Christmas singout of 2019!
We entertained an enthusiastic and appreciative audience at the Roxbourne Park Cafe in Rayners Lane, with our festive repertoire. An enjoyable morning was had by us all and we look forward to returning in the future!
Chiltern Concert Band Concert Christmas 2019
Sat, 7 Dec 2019
Capital Connection were delighted to be invited to perform at the Chiltern Concert Band's Chirstmas Concert, which took place at the St Francis of Assisi Church in High Wycombe. The Band, directed by the inspiring Duncan Stubbs, also put on a fantastic performance which was a pleasure for us to listen to.
Waitrose Christmas Evening 2019
Wed, 4 Dec 2019
A fun and relaxed singout at Waitrose, Ruislip, performing some seasonal songs to the customers at the store's Christmas evening and the first half of our weekly rehearsal. The Mayor of Hillingdon was also in attendance and enjoyed our performance too!
Ideal Home Christmas Show 2019
Sun, 24 Nov 2019
An ideal day of Christmas singing and shopping at the Ideal Home Christmas Show at Olympia to get us all in the mood for the festive season.
The first of 2 singouts at Uxbridge Shopping Centre at their Christmas Market, and a prime performance slot before the Christmas lights were officially switched on. We gathered a great crowd of shoppers and enjoyed putting on our first Christmas performance of the season.
We also made sure to sample some of the food and drink on offer to keep our energy levels up. A cup of mulled wine always hits the spot at an outdoor performance!
A very unusual singout in the wonderful and inspiring Mall Galleries in Central London. Our task was to perform a selection of our repertoire whilst being sketched by visitors to the gallery as part of their Society of Women Artists 158th Exhibition.
When we weren't singing we also had an opportunity to enjoy looking aound the galleries to appreciate the fantastic artwork on display.