Soo…THIS is happening! The Pop-Up Choir presents: Peckham Nights

Join Pop-Up and friends as we hit Peckham
on Saturday 9th July for our summer extravaganza – Peckham Nights!

Inspired by a fantastic recent gig over at the Effra Social in Brixton, we’re busting out the *glittery tinsel curtain for a night of A cappella at the Peckham Liberal club.

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A guaranteed evening of feel good favourites, expect the full joyful acapella experience, featuring songs from Blackstreet to The Beach Boys, Taylor Swift and Aloe Blacc to Peter Gabriel – all with our own special twist.

As well as a licensed bar, to keep things interesting we’ll be joined by Abigoliah Schamaun, New York stand-up comedian extraordinaire and Mojohand, a five piece playing an infectious blend of rhythm and blues, rock and edgy soul. You can’t say we don’t show you a good time.

Early bird tickets: a mere £8
General tickets: £10 (a limited number available on the door)
Book early to avoid serious disappointment!
http://thepopupchoir.brownpapertickets.com/

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*EPIC glittery tinsel curtain as displayed at the Effra Social. Can we borrow it please?

 

Daylight Music 227 – Union Chapel, Saturday 11th June

We’re absolutely thrilled  to have been invited along to Daylight Music at the Union Chapel on Saturday 11th June.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, these are wonderfully eclectic mini-gigs hosted at the Chapel on Saturday’s throughout the year, bringing together amazing music, a magical, friendly atmosphere, tea and homemade cakes in one of London’s finest venues.

Pop-Up will be performing alongside Nat and the Noise Brigade and  Ellie Ford and her band. Apparently we will ‘delight and surprise you with our playful arrangements.’ Totes.

An event for all ages, your lazy Saturday afternoon is officially sorted – come and join us! Free entry* 12.00 – till 2.00pm (*suggested donation £5.00).

Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN

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Gig Report! Pop-Up at Chorus 2016

The other weekend saw Pop-Up performing at Chorus on the Southbank. It’s always great to hear what other choirs are up to as well as a guaranteed appreciative audience at the Royal Festival Hall! It was also our inaugural gig with Ellie at the helm so lots to look forward to.

Having navigated the choppy waters of sourcing choir MD’s a couple of times now, it always amazes me how a new set of ears can take some of our more well worn repertoire and make the material sound fresh and re-energised. Ellie is currently sprinkling her fairy dust across multiple tracks and it’s great to be able to give these songs a facelift. Judging by the reaction of the crowd in the RFH bar, we think they went down pretty well!

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Gig Update! Pop-up at Chorus Festival. Saturday 19th March. The Royal Festival Hall.

chorusWhat are your plans for next Saturday evening? How about stopping by the bar of the Royal Festival Hall at 8pm for a drink and to hear us sing some lovely things? A great start to your evening (and highly civilised and cultured)  it’s also totally free – what’s not to like!?

The Southbank Centre kicks off their annual Chorus festival on Friday 18th March and celebrates and explores the power of singing together. There’s a huge variety of performances and vocal workshops to get involved with so why not check out the links above to see what else is on offer.

See you on Saturday!

Goodbye MD not-so-Bland

Goodbye MD not-so-Bland

This week we said farewell to our MD, Chris Bland. Ironically, the Blandmeister has actually brought Pop-Up some of its most original and complex arrangements to date. Here’s a taster of our last rehearsal with Chris when we whistled, sha-dooped, way-ooed and even rapped our way through some of our favourites, this one included:

And then in a sugar-fuelled afterparty we ate cake.

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A heartfelt thanks to Chris for popping up out of the blue and transforming the way we sing. Good luck in all the music you go on to make and sing!

Love, The Pop-Up Choir

Pop-Up at London Acapella Festival 2016 – gig report

YESSS! We had a fantastic time at London Acapella Festival. It was our first visit, and hopefully the first of many. *HINT HINT* *DO YOU THINK THEY GOT THAT* *GOD I WISH I’D GOT THE HASHTAG CORRECT THAT WAS EMBARRASSING*

We thought we were going to end up singing to an empty room when we arrived: Saturday morning! Death, surely? But by 11 the foyer and balconies at Kings Place was heaving, and it was an utter joy to sing to such an up for it crowd. Thanks to The Swingles, Kings Place and everyone at LAF for an amazing day with loads of great choirs and workshops: a total dream, basically.  It was also lovely to see choir friends from Twitter, especially the amazingly-named Gin and Harmonics (a collaboration has *got* to happen in 2016!)

Setlist
Lump (Presidents of the United States of America)
No Dollar (Aloe Blacc/Blackstreet)
Hey Ya (Outkast/Daft Punk)
Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics)
Shake It Off (Taylor Swift)

Here’s some of the great feedback we had. Roll on next year, and thanks for having us!

London A Capella Festival, January 30th – gig alert

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The Pop-Up Choir’s ready to get going again

New term, new year, new gigs. We’re thrilled to announce that we are part of the seventh London A Capella Festival!

We are performing in the foyer of Kings Place on Saturday January 30 at 11am, so come and have some breakfast and songs with us. Afterwards we’ll head out into Kings Cross and do some pop-up sets, so it should be a great way to kickstart the weekend.

LACF is on from  28 to 30th and is run by the amazing The Swingles in conjunction with IKON Arts Management. There will be tons of workshops, amazing concerts and general joy, so definitely check it out. Some of our favourite groups are performing, including the spinetingling Tenebrae. Amazing!

See you then, and have a fabulous January.

Festive fun with The Pop-Up Choir!

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Photograph by Joe Twigg at Brixton Base

At the Pop-Up Choir we do a lot of things – pop up at King’s Cross station to raise money for the Samaritans, provide vocal accompaniment on the Royal Festival Hall stage during a beat boxing – organ bonanza, our own Masters of Pop gigs… But, we don’t really do Christmas – not in the traditional choir sense anyway. We have a total of 2 (3?) Christmas songs in our repertoire that get reeled out about once a year when the right request comes in. We tend to have much more fun singing our regular pop/rock/soul/hip-hop repertoire.

This year when the fantastic folk at Brixton Community Base asked us to sing at their fundraising Christmas party, how could we say no? They do amazing work in the community in Brixton; from getting young people into the arts, to fun sporting activities, and managing a fantastic array of local community projects. They also frequently host our Pop-Up Choir Saturday workshops. We explained our non-Christmassy repertoire thing which they were more than happy with, so it was set.

We decided to combine the event with our own Christmas party (Christmas parties Pop-Up can do!), so the evening started in one of Brixton’s yummy eateries. A long table full of excited Poppers, decked out for the occasion in their finest reds, greens and Christmas jumpers, tucked into food and cocktails to gear us up for the evening ahead. We managed a very quick sound check on stage before moving to the stairwell for a quick rehearsal – decidedly more cosy than our regular outdoor pre-gig rehearsals!

Time to dust off those Christmas tunes and see how they sound. We got a little addicted to the joy and goosebumps brought on by the glorious sounding Carol of the Bells and just had to run through it one more time…Here’s how that sounded later on stage:

The event was wonderful; full of friendly people whose hearts are definitely in the right place – the community. We saw a scary film made by young people at Brixton Community Base, enjoyed singing along to some great live music and tried our luck in the fun raffle and auction. We were pretty happy with our set as well, and the audience also seemed to get into it. Many thanks to the fantastic Lisa for her excellent musical direction, and all our super-talented soloists!

The Pop-Up Christmas party then went on to less wholesome things of course – cocktails and dancing to our beloved 90s and noughties tunes elsewhere in Brixton.

So that’s a wrap for 2015 in Pop-Up land – we’re really excited about all the plans afoot for 2016 so stay tuned!

The Pop-Up Choir seeks acapella Musical Director with a strong fun-loving personality to lead them!

 

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Formed in 2009, The Pop-Up Choir specialises in stylish and exciting pop covers. We sing a mix of high-energy crowd pleasers, indie classics and soul, including songs by Adele, Pulp, Mumford and Sons, Otis Redding and Taylor Swift.

We’ve sung at the Picturehouse Cinema’s sold-out Pitch Perfect 2 party at the Ritzy, with Shlomo at the Royal Festival Hall, and at the World’s Highest Cinema at The Top of the Shard, as well as at launches, events and our own gigs.

We rehearse in three terms through the year, and rehearsals take place 7-9pm on Tuesdays in Kennington, south London.

We are looking for a confident and dynamic London-based MD who…

  • Wants to lead an enthusiastic acapella pop choir
  • Specialises in contemporary acapella music and can quickly arrange fantastic SAAB arrangements (at least one per term)
  • Has a proven track record working with, and leading, acapella vocal groups
  • Can wrangle a 25-strong group of excitable 30-somethings through hard work and fun
  • Is happy teaching a range of learning levels: the choir is auditioned, but a good voice and can-do attitude are valued over sight-reading
  • Works on blend, tone and performance through exercises as well as practical singing
  • Is available for occasional gigs and Saturday morning workshops as well as our weekly sessions
  • Likes a tipple after rehearsal! (NB: tipple can be replaced by squash. Or crisps. We’re not picky.)

Administration duties are handled by members of The Pop-Up Choir and would not be part of the musical director’s role.

We arrange some gigs ourselves, but we would love our new MD to suggest other interesting opportunities and help us to make them amazing. The plan is to apply for festivals in 2016, after focusing on repertoire in 2015.

How to apply…

Please email thepopupchoir@gmail.com by Friday 8th Jan 2016 with the following information:

  • Cover letter explaining why you are interested in the role and what you would like to achieve with the choir
  • Your work history and a link to Soundcloud / Youtube to see some of your work if you have them
  • Titles of three songs that you could arrange that you think would complement our repertoire and a brief description of how they would work
  • Fee details

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to meet the choir and lead part of a rehearsal.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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