Bowes Park Community Choir

The Choir takes place…

on Tuesday evenings, 7 – 9.15 pm

in the Upper Hall of Bounds Green School, Bounds Green Road, N11 2QG

It’s on the corner of Bounds Green Road and Park Road very close to Bounds Green Tube Station. (click here for a map)

Limited parking is available in the staff car park accessed via Park Road N11.

History

The Bowes Park Community choir was formed in 2010. It was set up on the initiative of one member of the Bowes Park Community Association as an additional enjoyable activity which would bring local people together.

Our first musical directors came from different traditions and established the wide repertoire, which includes some classical works mixed with folk, jazz and songs from musicals as well as some foreign language numbers. Laurie O’Brien, our first accompanist joined us in 2013 and, in 2017, Matt Hardy became our fifth musical director.

Always growing in a musical sense and never forgetting our community roots we remain a choir where you do not have to audition or read music to join although if you do read music you will get the chance to use your skills.

Each year we’ve performed both a summer and Christmas concert to which we invite family and friends and we make it as social an event as possible. In between we try to get involved in community and other activities of interest to choir members. We sing at Fins Fest each year and have participated in AP and beyond as well as in the Alexandra Park 150th anniversary celebrations in 2013. We have participated in other local events and sing carols locally.

A highlight of 2014 was singing in The Events, a play by David Grieg, performed by the Actors Touring Company which toured the UK with a local community choir singing at each performance. Later that year we joined in a workshop and concert organised by the South Oxhey Community Choir. This choir was formed in 2008 for the TV series – Unsung Town with Gareth Malone.

Repertoire

The choir has two concerts each year – we sing a variety of songs. Some are some two part songs, some four part songs and one or two rounds. There are usually 1 / 2 classical pieces, several part songs from shows, folk music or popular music; the choir also has a commitment to sing songs from other parts of the world, from other cultures and musical traditions. This means that we may be singing one or two songs with words from another language.

New Members

New members are always welcome; in particular, we are hoping to recruit a few more basses. You can attend one rehearsal for free so you can meet the choir.