Auditions, workshops and meet our new MD!


It’s a lovely thing, mulling over the year while full of turkey leftovers (seriously: that thing was cooked on the 25th, it should be finished by now or we’ll all die).

The blog has been quiet this term while we’ve got to the important matters of auditions, new workshops – and hiring a new MD.

And in great news, we’ve chosen one!

Continue reading “Auditions, workshops and meet our new MD!”

My Top 5: Swedish Songs

The Pop-Up Choir's ladies in red
Ladies in red at rehearsal

This is a guest post from Sophie, one of our Alto 1s – she’s second from left in this frankly ridiculous piece of coincidence from our last rehearsal, when most of our sopranos and altos managed to come dressed as the Pantone chart for red! Anyway, Sophie is a cracking DJ and really knows her tunes, so exactly the right person to introduce our new My Top 5 series, where you can find out more about the awesome people who make up our choir. Over to you Sophie!Continue reading “My Top 5: Swedish Songs”

We’re hiring! Are you our new musical director?

the pop-up choir dom stichbury
After four fantastic years, our MD Dom Stichbury is leaving Pop-Up.  They are big shoes to fill: as well as leading us and bringing us on, Dom arranges our music and is a totally stand-up guy.

We are looking for a confident and dynamic Musical Director with a strong fun-loving personality who is keen to work with a vibrant group of singers. If this sounds like you,  we’d love to hear from you.

UPDATE: Applications for the role have closed. Thank you to everyone who has applied, we’re thrilled to have such a fantastic group of musical directors interested in working with us. 

I Did This: Open Mic Night @ Pilgrim Pub in Kennington

Baritone Philly Desai (centre) on popping up at the Pilgrim Pub

Guest post by Pop-Up’s Philly 

Feeling that my life needed more public embarrassment, I have decided to explore the Open Mike scene of south London: the lure of the sticky carpets and crackly PAs was irresistible, so I tuned my guitar and headed to Pilgrim Pub in Kennington for their Thursday Open Mic Night.Continue reading “I Did This: Open Mic Night @ Pilgrim Pub in Kennington”

Gig! Mini Moderns Remixed: Southbank Centre Shop

The fabulous mugs Mini Moderns designed for the Camberwell Arts Festival
The fabulous mugs Mini Moderns designed for the Camberwell Arts Festival

The autumn term doesn’t officially begin for another fortnight, but last night a bunch of us hit The Black Prince to plan our set list and rehearse for a great pre-term gig.Continue reading “Gig! Mini Moderns Remixed: Southbank Centre Shop”

New video! The Chain at The Black Prince

We’ve been rehearsing at The Black Prince pub in Kennington for years, and Mark, the Prince’s landlord, is one of most saintly patrons. So on Tuesday, our last rehearsal of term, we nixed the rehearsing bit, and did an impromptu gig in the pub for him.Continue reading “New video! The Chain at The Black Prince”

Masters of Pop – 24-hour countdown! Meet our compere, Ida Barr


When I first moved to London I went to a Finsbury Park festival called Rise. In a tent, I saw an elderly woman dressed like she’d been dragged headfirst through the Victorian era, rapping.Continue reading “Masters of Pop – 24-hour countdown! Meet our compere, Ida Barr”