New year, New Guest MD, New Logo!

Hello Poppets!

It’s been a while since we have updated the blog – mostly because it was such an action packed end to the year.

Goodbye 2016…

Three gigs in a week in the run up to Christmas, amid all of the lurgy flying about almost killed us but we survived! And seeing as it was Christmas, we decided to pull a new tune out to celebrate….Get ready for En Vogue’s Hold on/Don’t Let Go coming to a gig near you soon!

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Hello 2017…

We kick off the new year with a new face in the choir…Say hello to the wonderful Genevieve Dawson who joins us this term as guest MD. Genevieve is  Scottish singer-songwriter, and together with her her Stagg melodica “Trevor” she is working through our back catalogue with gusto!

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And if that was not enough, thanks to Pop-Up superstar Lauren, who also created the Peckham Nights poster in the summer, we have had a bit of a re-brand!

…We hope you like it!

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A Very Pop-Up Christmas

Join The Pop-Up Choir this Christmas as we sing in the festive season with a large dose of a capella merriment!

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Where can you catch us this December?

❄️Thursday 8th – The Adam & Eve, Homerton❄️
(155 Homerton High Street, London, E9 6AS)

We’re heading north of the river to sing for our friends at The Adam & Eve from 8.45pm onwards.

❄️Tuesday 13th – The Black Prince, Kennington❄️
(6 Black Prince Rd, Kennington, SE11 6HS)
Doors: Early to grab a good table.
Performance: 7.30pm

Our regular Tuesday night haunt, it’s a pleasure to be back singing at the Black Prince this Christmas. Join our official party afterwards for further merriment, mince pies and good cheer.

All friends of Pop-Up welcome! No fee, only Christmas spirit required.

Oooh! New Videos!

You may have seen our video page above or our channel of goodies over on YouTube, but since we’ve got a whole load of brand spanking new footage to share, I thought I’d just point you in the right direction.

We’ve even made helpful new playlists showcasing tracks by genre, so get stuck in below to feast your ears on new material including Bastille, James Bay and Kate Bush.

Enjoy!

We’re Back!! (And Malcolm puts a ring on it)

Well…we’ve been back for a while actually, but with the autumn term ticking along and some fab new arrangements already shaping up most pleasingly, it’s about time we filled you in on what we’ve been up to…

One highlight has to have been helping our new friend Malcolm with a very special assignment – his proposal to his partner Jo. Hopeless romantics at heart, how could we refuse?!

Those of us able to feign a very important meeting that necessitated being out of the office at 2:30pm on a Thursday, met at Parliament Square in a state of very nervous excitement. It was a beautiful day and the square was full of people, including the token bagpiper, who it soon became clear we would have to compete with…

We chose the shelter of Benjamin Disraeli’s imposing statue to huddle behind for a quiet rehearsal, trying not to attract too much attention. Malcolm’s dad, who was helping to orchestrate the event, came to meet us, ready to catch the moment on camera.

And then we waited, scanning a sea of people for the couple.

It transpired that Jo had very thoughtfully chosen to wear a bright yellow dress which made her pretty easy to spot – thanks Jo! Once we’d found our target we made our stealthy way up behind them, ready to launch into our classic mash-up of the Beach Boy’s ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ and Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’ (the ‘put a ring on it’ bit, obviously), with just a smattering of J-Lo’s ‘Jenny from the Block’ for good measure.

Against a background of sirens, birds, traffic, overenthusiastic spectators who wanted to join in, and the afore-mentioned bagpipes, we sang our hearts out, and watched Jo’s slight confusion turn to laughter, smiles and happy tears as Malcolm got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.

It was such a joyful occasion and we are so honoured to have been a part of it. When the song was over there were hugs, high fives, handshakes and applause all round. We were all grinning from ear to ear and so delighted to have been able to help.

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Congratulations Malcolm and Jo! Thank you so much for including us in such a special moment, and all our best wishes for the future.

A glittering success – singing & sparkle at Peckham Nights

As you’ll know from the last month of shameless plugging, Pop-Up recently hit Peckham Liberal Club for our annual summer extravaganza. Here newbie Lauren shares her take on the night’s proceedings….

Clad in glitter and a fine sheen of ‘showbiz’ sweat*, the Pop-Up Choir livened up the Peckham Liberal Club last weekend with an extravaganza of singing and sparkle. Kicking off the night, aglow in the scarlet gleam of our cabaret-style grotto, was comedian Abigoliah Schamaun. Never disappointing, with her cutting New Yorker hilarity and louder-than-a-London-night-bus personality, the audience could never have been in any doubt they were in for a spectacular night.

photo 2Starting as we meant to go on, next up were rhythm and blues masters Mojohand. We couldn’t have asked for better support than their heady mix of double bass, bluegrass guitar and passionate vocals, which can only be described as a soul-shaking treat for the ears.

 

As the choir itself took to the stage, shimmering like a disco ball, we couldn’t help but be proud of the hours of hard work put into this gig, all the while spurred on by our seemingly magical MD Ellie, who breathes new life, energy and triumph into everything she touches.

Evidence of that came with two new arrangements: Kate Bush’s ‘Cloudbusting’, a powerfully mellow song that showcases the wonderful talent of our Alto 2s, and a breathtaking, vibrant mashup of James Bay’s ‘Hold Back the River’ and Bastille’s ‘Pompeii’, a multi-layered crescendo that sets hearts racing. One of my favourite parts of any performance is Ellie’s quiet pre-song hum that is echoed back to her by twenty five well-honed voices; the chord that brings us together and then propels us forward.

For all who came, we were thrilled to have you, and apologise for any glitter-blindness that may have been induced. Join us again next term and bring your friends, for no one should be immune to this much joy.

*’Showbiz’ sweat is no normal state of perspiring. Blame it on the hot, bright lights of the stage, the excitement, the fear, the three gin and tonics you quite possibly could have had after the performance, whatever you will – it’s the sweat of champions.

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Tonight’s the night for PECKHAM NIGHTS!

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Bow Ties Are Cool!

It’s not even lunchtime and already the Pop-Up Choir are already frantically sending each other messages to make sure that no one has a wardrobe clash. No chance. Did we mention that there may be quite a few sparkles this evening? I’ve even made myself a sparkly bow tie!

Dressing up seems to be the order of the day. Abigoliah Scahmaun, our host comedian, has asked more questions about dressing up than either what we are singing or what she should do.

We’ve also got some Peckham lights for Peckham Nights featuring the best of the area, including the pie and mash shop and err…the Meat Shop?!

If you want to see us there are still tickets on sale online for a few more hours. If you are very clever and enter the code POPUPPECKHAM when you go to our ticket site you will get them at £8!

Get your tickets here: www.thepopupchoir.brownpapertickets.com and enter the code POPUPPECKHAM now!

By the way, CASH IS KING in the Peckham Liberal Club so make sure you visit the cash machine before you get there.