Midsummer Singing

This July 2018 newsletter has our next community singing date plus a forward planning request.

End of term singing workshop Monday June 25th at Matthews Yard 7-8.30pm £6/5 all welcome new faces and regulars alike. Fun relaxing singing, looking back at some songs we have enjoyed together which we will workshop afresh so everyone can join in. Fully accessible.

Big thanks! To all our singing family this year. 
If you think you would like to sing in a small Autumn term please let us know byJuly 20th. We will then plan an Autumn term in a central venue. It would be good to know which of Mon/Tues/Wed would be best and your preferred start time and length. ACTION REQUIRED!

Croydon Festival of Peace – big thanks!
Thanks to all who came to take part in the Addiscombe park arts morning and picnic event on June 17th, enjoying the mindfulness Pleasure Walk, the tree decorating with origami peace symbols, Peace quotes and poems and the singing circle in the community wildflower garden. It was lovely to see the peace messages to our prisoner of conscience, and these will be sent on by Amnesty. The decorated tree will be available to see for one more week. Add to it if you fancy. Here is Anne setting up!

Come and see us sing at Union Chapel! Join us as audience for a great evening of music showing solidarity in memory of the late MP Jo Cox. Some of us will be in the massed choir at Union Chapel for Common and Kind on Friday eve June 29th. Details on the flyer:

Clinical consultation for Community Arts workers
We are qualified and experienced supervisors with arts therapy, counselling and social work expertise. If you work with community arts and feel the need for non-line management supervision, we offer that service.

Creative Croydon’s Croydon Carers singing service continueshttps://www.carersinfo.org.uk/whats-on

Fancy a Summer sing during a Sat daytime? Join Katie Rose for the post Festival of Peace summer workshop on Sat July 21st. workshop https://www.facebook.com/events/2014863845468475/

Hope to sing with you in the Autumn…..Meanwhile you are very welcome to follow us on the links below. Please help us spread the joy by telling a friend. Thank you for your support.

Warm & relaxed Midsummer wishes to you all!

Anne & Catherine

Anne Crump and Catherine Pestano
Creative Croydon – Creating Community Through Song, Story and The Arts
E: creativecroydon@gmail.com

W: www.creativecroydon.wordpress.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/CroydonCommunityChoir/

T: @CreativeCroydn

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Creative Croydon May 2018 May

This May blog has our next community singing dates plus forward looking dates for your diaries.

Spring Sing  on Mondays is a short season of 2 weeks seasonal  songs. As Studio Upstairs has to relocate we are singing for the last time there on Monday 14th May. Leonie and Saif at Matthews Yard have kindly said we can sing there for a while. We really appreciate their support!

Come, sing and lift your spirits on  Monday evenings in May – 14th and 21st only – connecting with and uplifting each other through song! EveryMonday eve excluding bank Holidays. We plan to continue in June at the new venue.

7 pm – 8.30. Please arrive 6.45 for FREE teas, coffees and hot-chocolate! And to pay block or if dropping in.  Browse the glorious art or buy a card or gift while you wait……

This month we are singing global community songs and peace related songs in the countdown to the Festival of Peace in Croydon. All voices are welcome, no auditions, gentle level, non-performing singing group, just for fun and connection.

Optional opportunities to join in with external community singing arise from time to time. So do come along for some delightful uplifting fun Monday evenings of singing for wellbeing. Songs ancient and modern just for the joy of it! We sing in the beautiful flat access wellbeing gallery in the centre of Croydon, Studio Upstairs, 2-4 Park Street, on 14th, Matthews Yard venue off Surrey Street on 21st. Please bring water, record if you like. Right by the high street and transport, couldn’t be easier…..

Fees: Drop-in in or save with a block or 2 or more weeks paid together  Drop in rates £8 or £6 low income under £20k – pay less (£6/5) by block booking and paying for two at once. Please bring cash or cheques (payable to Creative Croydon) on the night. Thanks!

It is helpful to know that you are coming so we can put out the right amount of chairs so please let us know via creativecroydon@gmail.com.  Remember a bottle of water is helpful when singing, plus warm layers.   And please tell your friends! To share on FB please use this link https://www.facebook.com/events/472512053205437/

We love our forgetmenots in the garden….
Thanks to Anne Crump for this closeup spring image.

May Daytime singing
Carers Choir Creative Croydon’s fortnightly FREE WednesdaySessions https://www.carersinfo.org.uk/whats-on Actual times 10.30-11.45am. All carers are welcome to attend Creative Croydon drop in free sessions for Croydon carers. There’s time for a cup of tea before/ after in the Cafe at the Carers support centre George Street. It’s always fine to just drop in when you can, we know that Carers have lots of commitments.  Join Katie Rose for an uplifting sing!

June news: Be part of a gorgeous Peace arts morning and picnic on June 17th. Share your poetry, come singing and circle dancing, take a mindful pleasure walk and more….please click through so you don’t lose out on the news…..!
https://www.facebook.com/events/2079036879052306/

Check croydon community choir on Facebook for our next June news if we don’t manage to cope with the new legal requirements for mailouts! plus other local singing events. Link below.

June Diary dates: 
4th June Singing & Compassionate Mindfulness eve workshop Matthews Yard
https://www.facebook.com/events/593483237670095/

17th June 11-1 Singing and circle dancing and more at Croydon Peace Festival -at Addiscombe Railway park’s Peace Picnic
https://www.facebook.com/events/2079036879052306/

How would you like to gain experience of board level contributions? Looks great on your CV! Like to join our board? One of our lovely member directors needs to step down due to caring role so it would help with funding applications to have a new person. Three meetings a year and it’s just for governance (check we spend grants how we say we will) – though you can be more involved if you like!

Gift vouchers for group singing or one to one vocal explorations for speaking or releasing the singing voice can make great birthday or special occasion presents for your family, friends or self! Do contact us as to prices and availability of sessions if you would like to give someone the joyous gift of freeing their voice.

General open invitation for volunteers & trainees: Creative Croydon welcomes trainee vocal leaders, as participants or helpers at our local Monday group in central Croydon as above and at occasional events like the peace picnic. Thanks To Ellie who will be joining us at that event! Great to have her back.

Other local singing news: 

19th May – Croydon Peace Festival is coming in the summer. Join in with Katie Rose for the occasional Peacemakers choir https://www.facebook.com/events/2014863845468475/

Hope to sing with you soon…..Meanwhile you are very welcome to follow us on the links below. Please help us spread the joy by telling those dear to you. Thank you for your support.

Warm & sunny wishes to you all!

Anne & Catherine

Anne Crump and Catherine Pestano
Creative Croydon – Creating Community Through Song, Story and The Arts
E: creativecroydon@gmail.com

W: www.creativecroydon.wordpress.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/CroydonCommunityChoir/

T: @CreativeCroydn

 

Creative Croydon April 2018   Last chance to sing in Studio Upstairs!

 This April newsletter has our next community singing dates plus forward looking dates for your diaries.

Spring Sing  on Mondays is a short season of 4 weeks seasonal  songs. As Studio U[stairs has to relocate we are not sure whether we can run in May/June so this is our last singing block until we get more clear. Meanwhile if you know any low cost locations we can use to sing in that are easy and accessible please let us know. Thanks!

Come, sing and lift your spirits on the next few Spring Monday evenings, connecting with and uplifting each other through song! Every Monday eve from April 9th, 16, 23 and 30th, 7 pm – 8.30. Please arrive 6.45 for FREE teas, coffees and hot-chocolate! And to pay block or if dropping in.  Browse the glorious art or buy a card or gift while you wait……

This month we are singing global community songs. We will enjoy the full return of the Shruti box as well for those who are missing it! All voices are welcome, no auditions, gentle level, non-performing singing group, just for fun and connection. 

Optional opportunities to join in with external community singing arise from time to time. So do come along for 4 gorgeous fun Monday evenings of singing for wellbeing. Songs ancient and modern plus a team karaoke moment sometimes, just for the joy of it! We sing in the beautiful flat access wellbeing gallery in the centre of Croydon, Studio Upstairs, 2-4 Park Street, bring water, record if you like. Right by the high street and transport, couldn’t be easier….. 

Fees: Drop-in in or save with a block or 2 or more weeks paid together  Drop in rates £8 or £6 low income under £20k – pay less (£6/5) by block booking and paying all at once. Please bring cash or cheques (payable to Creative Croydon) on the night. Thanks!

It is helpful to know that you are coming so we can put out the right amount of chairs so please let us know via creativecroydon@gmail.com.  Remember a bottle of water is helpful when singing, plus warm layers.   And please tell your friends! To share on FB please use this link https://www.facebook.com/events/992740564236714/


The evergreen Clematis armandii in full fragrant flower today
Thanks to Anne Crump for this lovely image.

April Daytime singing
Carers Choir Creative Croydon’s fortnightly FREE WednesdaySessions https://www.carersinfo.org.uk/whats-on

Actual times 10.30-11.45am. All carers are welcome to attend Creative Croydon drop in free sessions for Croydon carers. There’s time for a cup of tea before/ after in the Cafe at the Carers support centre George Street. It’s always fine to just drop in when you can, we know that Carers have lots of commitments.  Join Katie Rose for an uplifting sing!

Check croydon community choir on Facebook for other local singing events. Link below.

Gift vouchers for group singing or one to one vocal explorations for speaking or releasing the singing voice can make great birthday or special occasion presents for your family, friends or self! Do contact us as to prices and availability of sessions if you would like to give someone the joyous gift of freeing their voice.

General open invitation for trainees:Creative Croydon welcomes trainee vocal leaders, as participants or helpers at our local Monday group in central Croydon as above.

Other local singing news: 

14th April  Croydon Peace Festival is coming in the summer. Join in with Katie Rose for the occasional Peacemakers choir https://www.facebook.com/events/2014863845468475/

Spring clean your inbox! The newsletter comes to you as you have agreed to receive it but if you prefer not to please just unsubscribe at the bottom. No one likes unwanted mail or a full inbox!

Like to join our board? One of our lovely member directors needs to step down so it would help with funding applications to have a new person. Three meetings a year and its just for governance (check we spend grants how we say we will) – though you can be more involved if you like!

Diary dates: 
4th June Singing & Compassionate Mindfulness eve workshop
!7th June 11-1 Singing and circle dancing and more at Croydon Peace Festival -at Addiscombe Railway park’s Peace Picnic

We are grateful to Croydon Council who have said that they will contribute to our running costs in 2018 through their small grants scheme. Bravo!

Hope to sing with you soon…..Meanwhile you are very welcome to follow us on the links below. Please help us spread the joy by telling those dear to you! Thank you!

Warm & sunny wishes to you all!

Anne & Catherine

Anne and Catherine 
Creative Croydon – Creating Community Through Song, Story and The Arts
E: creativecroydon@gmail.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/CroydonCommunityChoir/

T: @CreativeCroydn

Sing in the Spring! March 2018 news

This March newsletter has wonderful community singing dates plus FREE chances to learn to play in an Irish session for your diary – we hope to warm you with song & sing with you sometime!

Spring Sing 1 on Mondays is a short season of 4 weeks seasonal songs.

Come, sing and lift your spirits on these cold Monday evenings, connecting through song! Every Monday in March 7 pm – 8.30. Please arrive early for teas, coffees and hot-chocolate! And to pay if dropping in. 

This month we are singing songs to celebrate Women’s day, Mother’s day, St Patrick’s day and Spring in general. We will see the return of the Shruti box as well for those who are missing it! All voices are welcome, no auditions, gentle level, non-performing singing group, just for fun and connection.

Optional opportunities to join in with external community singing arise from time to time.

Session one March 5th 6.45 for 7 pm  
4 gorgeous fun Monday evenings of singing for wellbeing. Songs ancient and modern plus a team karaoke moment, just for the joy of it! We will sing in the beautiful flat access wellbeing gallery in the centre of Croydon, Studio Upstairs,2-4 Park Street, arrive 6.45 to pay and get settled then we start from 7 – 8.30 pm. Right by the high street and transport, couldn’t be easier…..

Fees: Drop-in in or save with a block or 2 or more weeks paid together  Drop in rates £8 or £6 low income under £20k – pay less (£6/5) by block booking and paying all at once. Please bring cash or cheques (payable to Creative Croydon) on the night. Thanks!

It is helpful to know that you are coming so we can put out the right amount of chairs so please let us know via creativecroydon@gmail.com.  Remember a bottle of water is helpful when singing, plus warm layers.   And please tell your friends! To share on FB please use this link https://www.facebook.com/events/1589194384469151/

Drag out your old Instruments and play with us!
We are holding some free irish music sessions for singing and playing instruments on the next two Weds eves. These are at 7 pm – 8.30 pm at The Orchard pub (bright green Cherry Orchard Road just along from East Croydon station) and there is an option to come along early on St Patricks day and play before the main entertainment. It is optional though and you can join us just for fun. All levels and heritages welcome.Text Catherine 07885 221 331 to come along or just turn up on the night 7th and 14th March.

New snowdrops!

Thanks to Anne Crump for this lovely image.

March Daytime singing
Carers Choir Creative Croydon’s fortnightly FREE Wednesday Sessions 14th & 28th March https://www.carersinfo.org.uk/whats-on  Actual times 10.30-11.45am. All carers are welcome to attend Creative Croydon drop in free sessions for Croydon carers. There’s time for a cup of tea before/ after in the Cafe at the Carers support centre George Street. It’s always fine to just drop in when you can, we know that Carers have lots of commitments.  Join Katie Rose for an uplifting sing!

Check croydon community choir on Facebook for other local singing events. Link at the bottom.

Gift vouchers for group singing or one to one vocal coaching for speaking or releasing the singing voice can make great birthday or special occasion presents for your family, friends or self! Do contact us as to prices and availability of sessions if you would like to give someone the joyous gift of freeing their voice.

General open invitation for trainees: Creative Croydon welcomes trainee vocal leaders, as participants or helpers at our local Monday group in central Croydon as above. We also welcome general volunteers as hosts to welcome people.

Other local singing news: Croydon Peace Festival is coming in the summer. Join in with Katie Rose for the Peacemakers choir on the afternoon of Sat Jan 20thhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1891333081181077/

Women’s day Menopause song Anne and I have made a feminist menopausal punk band called The Change! Recruiting for a female thrashy guitarist and bass player so if you know anyone….. meanwhile here is our menopausal punk anthem! Please take a listen on Youtube and give it a Like on there if you do. Thanks so much, feel free to share also!  A little energy shot in the arm for you!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spPtX3l4zYM

Hope to sing with you soon…..Meanwhile you are very welcome to follow us on the links below. Please help us spread the joy by telling those dear to you! Thank you!

Warm & comforting wishes

Anne and Catherine 
Creative Croydon – Creating Community Through Song, Story and The Arts
E: creativecroydon@gmail.com

W: www.creativecroydon.wordpress.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/CroydonCommunityChoir/

T: @CreativeCroydn

January 2018 – Sing in the New!

This January newsletter has wonderful community singing dates for your diary – we hope to warm you with song & sing with you sometime!

Singer Celia Stapleton says:  “I loved this last series”

Wintersong 2 on Mondays is a short season of Winter and Wassail songs with an optional contribution to the community orchard’s wassail if you fancy, at the end of the month!

Come, sing and be of good cheer on these cold Monday evenings, connecting through song! Every Monday in January

This month we are singing new Winter songs plus 5 Wassail songs for fun and relaxation, including songs from War Horse, Steeleye Span, Bette Midler, Kate Rusby, Game of Thrones and more. All voices are welcome, no auditions, gentle level, non-performing singing group, just for fun and connection.

Optional opportunities to join in with external community singing arise from time to time. This term this is on Sat 27th Jan when they have their community wassail in the orchard, but there is no requirement to take part, it’s just an extra free sing if you fancy it! The Mayor usually attends and it is a jolly event with Morris dancers and Wassail traditions.

All voices welcome, no need to read music, no one is ever put on the spot!

Session one Jan 8th 6.45 for 7 pm  – Jan 29th
4 gorgeous fun Monday evenings of singing for wellbeing. Songs ancient and modern plus a team karaoke moment at the end, just for the joy of it! We will sing in the beautiful flat access wellbeing gallery in the centre of Croydon, Studio Upstairs, 2-4 Park Street, arrive 6.45 to pay and get settled then we start from 7 – 8.30 pm. Right by the high street and transport, couldn’t be easier…..

Fees: For a block or 2 or more weeks paid together  Drop in rates £8 or £7 low income under £20k – pay less (£6/5) by block booking and paying all at once. Please bring cash or cheques (payable to Creative Croydon) or cash on the night. Thanks!

It is helpful to know that you are coming so we can put out the right amount of chairs so please let us know via creativecroydon@gmail.com.  Remember a bottle of water is helpful when singing.   And please tell your friends! To share on FB please use this link https://www.facebook.com/events/1515020745282859/

Croydon’s 2017 Wassail 

The Mayor & local Croydon folks enjoying 2017 wassailing at the community orchard in Addiscombe Railway Park.

January Daytime singing
Carers Choir Creative Croydon’s fortnightly FREE WednesdaySessions https://www.carersinfo.org.uk/whats-on/croydon-carers-choir-11-45am-11-30am
Actual times 10.30-11.45am. All carers are welcome to attend Creative Croydon drop in free sessions for Croydon carers. There’s time for a cup of tea before/ after in the Cafe at the Carers support centre George Street. It’s always fine to just drop in when you can, we know that Carers have lots of commitments.  Join Katie Rose for an uplifting sing!

Lunchtime singing workshop for Wassail: Donations welcome, personal invitation in central croydon, please contact us for details. Tuesday lunchtime16th Jan.

Lunchtime singing workshop for LGBT History Month with optional evening sharing: Thursday 1st Feb Donations welcome, personal invitation in central croydon, please contact us for details.

Croydon Community Orchard Wassail is Sat 27th keep an eye on their FB page is not joining us on Mondays Addiscombe Railway Park Friends

Check croydon community choir on Facebook for other local singing events. Link below.

Gift vouchers for group singing or one to one vocal coaching for speaking or releasing the singing voice can make great birthday or special occasion presents for your family, friends or self! Do contact us as to prices and availability of sessions if you would like to give someone the joyous gift of freeing their voice.

General open invitation for trainees:

Creative Croydon welcomes trainee vocal leaders, as participants or helpers at our local Monday group in central Croydon as above.


Thanks to Anne Crump for this image of the light installation at our creative cafe after Christmas.

Other local singing news:

Croydon Peace Festival is coming in the summer. Join in with Katie Rose for the Peacemakers choir on the afternoon of Sat Jan 20thhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1891333081181077/

Our song – Anne and I have made a feminist menopausal punk band called The Change! Recruiting for a female thrashy guitarist and bass player so if you know anyone….. meanwhile here is our menopausal punk anthem! Please take a listen on Youtube and give it a Like on there if you do. Thanks so much, feel free to share also!  A little energy shot in the arm for you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spPtX3l4zYM

Hope to sing with you soon…..Please help us spread the joy by telling those dear to you! Thank you!

Warm & comforting wishes for 2018

Anne & Catherine

Anne and Catherine 
Creative Croydon – Creating Community Through Song, Story and The Arts

Cool Yule 2017 & Wintersong party!

This December newsletter has some extra forthcoming dates for your diary – we hope to seasonally sing with you at something!  Wintersong on Monday is slightly different in style for this short season, to recognise the special Yuletide vibe! We have 2 more jolly weeks from this Monday 4th through till our singing sharing party on Dec 11th. Details of this and other future singing dates below.

Come and get a warm wintry glow through singing in community with others this season. 2 x Mon eves 4th & 11th Dec. Learn to sing Wintry joyous songs from diverse traditions, Dark Ages to Boney M! All voices welcome, no need to read music, no one is ever put on the spot!

Dec 4th 6.45 for 7 pm  – [Dec 11th 6.30 for partying beforehand!]
2 gorgeous fun Monday evenings of singing for wellbeing. Songs ancient and modern plus a team karaoke moment at the end, just for the joy of it! We will sing in the beautiful flat access wellbeing gallery in the centre of Croydon, Studio Upstairs, 2-4 Park Street, arrive 6.45 to pay and get settled then we start from 7 – 8.30 pm. Right by the bus stops, couldn’t be easier….. New people welcome.

Fees: 2 week block £10 or £8 concessions. Drop in rates £7 or £5 concessions – pay less by block booking. Please bring cash or cheques (payable to Creative Croydon) or cash on the night. Thanks!

It is helpful to know that you are coming so we can put out the right amount of chairs so please let us know via creativecroydon@gmail.com.  Remember a bottle of water is helpful when singing.  Welcome to bring snax to share on the last eve. And please tell your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/167912573812480/

Presents!
Voicework vouchers are pretty and work well for singing or speaking with confidence.  Or gift the Jan 2018  Wassailing 4 week block of sessions. Email us for info creativecroydon@gmail.com

Croydon Snowy pine


Thanks to Anne Crump for this wintry local image.

January 2018 – new Singing series [4 Monday eves]
4 weeks series – more new wintry songs & Wassailing (option to wassail in a local park 20 Jan 2018) starts Jan 8th. Same rates as 2017! Includes The Rose, Warhorse song, Baby it’s cold outside, When Winter Comes (Game of Thrones) plus songs for world Holocaust Memorial day.

December forward look at other diary dates: FREE
Carers Choir Regular FREE Wednesday Sessions
10.30-11.45am All carers are welcome to attend Creative Croydon drop in free sessions for Croydon carers. There’s time for a cup of tea before/ after in the Cafe at the Carers support centre George Street. It’s always fine to just drop in when you can, we know that Carers have lots of commitments. A big thank you to Fairfield Councillors (LB Croydon) who selected our Carers Choir for their Community grant support. Join Katie Rose Weds 6th & 20th Dec 10.30 – 11.45 am

at the Carers centre in George Street opposite the tram stop. https://www.carersinfo.org.uk/whats-on

Thurs 14th Dec Studio Upstairs, open evening, arts music refreshments and more 5.30 – 7 pm
Sing in the park Sat Dec 16th 4.30 – 6pm Family friendly https://www.facebook.com/AddiscombePark/

Lunchtime singing 15th & 22nd Dec, personal invitation in central croydon, please contact us for info.

Surrey Street singing Dec 17th noon book through therosewindow@gmail.com
Hospital (CUH) singing Dec 21st gather Chapel 7pm
Creative Christmas Cafe 1.30 – 4 pm afternoon 28th Dec at Studio upstairs funded by NHS Healthwatch locally

Check croydon community choir on Facebook for other local singing events. Link below.

Meanwhile you are very welcome to follow us on the links below. Please help us spread the joy by telling those dear to you! Thank you!

Warm & serene wishes

Anne & Catherine

Anne and Catherine 
Creative Croydon – Creating Community Through Song, Story and The Arts
E: creativecroydon@gmail.com

W: www.creativecroydon.wordpress.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/CroydonCommunityChoir/

T: @CreativeCroydn

Creative Croydon Winter news

Wintersong: Join us this Monday & other dates

This November newsletter has some up & coming dates for your diary and we hope to seasonally sing with you at something!  Wintersong on Monday is slightly different in style for this short season, to recognise the special Yuletide vibe! It runs three weeks from this Monday 27th through till our singing sharing party on Dec 11th. Details of this and other future singing dates below.

Come and get a warm wintry glow through singing in community with others this season. 3 x Mon eves ending with sharing singing party on 11th Dec. Learn to sing Wintry joyous songs from diverse traditions, Dark Ages to Boney M! All voices welcome, no need to read music, no one is ever put on the spot! 

Nov 27th – Dec 11th Monday evenings of singing for wellbeing. Songs ancient and modern and a team karaoke moment at the end just for the joy of it! We will sing in the beautiful flat access wellbeing gallery in the centre of Croydon, Studio Upstairs, 2-4 Park Street, arrive 6.45 to pay and get settled then we start from 7 – 8.30 pm. Right by the bus stops, couldn’t be easier….. 

Fees: 3 week block £15 or £12 concessions. Drop in rates £7 or £5 concessions so you can still miss one and pay less by block booking. Please bring cash or cheques (payable to Creative Croydon) or cash on the night. Thanks!

It is helpful to know that you are coming so we can put out the right amount of chairs so please let us know via creativecroydon@gmail.com.  Remember a bottle of water is helpful when singing.  And please tell your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/167912573812480/

Carers Choir Regular Wednesday Sessions 10.30-11.45am all carers are welcome to attend Creative Croydon drop in free sessions for Croydon carers. There’s time for a cup of tea before/ after in the Cafe at the Carers support centre George Street. It’s always fine to just drop in when you can, we know that Carers have lots of commitments. A big thank you to Fairfield Councillors (LB Croydon) who selected our Carers Choir for their Community grant support. Here’s Anne collecting the cheque for the donation. Join Katie Rose Weds Nov 29th 10.30 – 11.45 am at the Carers centre in George Street opposite the tram stop.

Croydon Winter Moon


Thanks to Anne Crump for this tranquil local image.

December forward look at diary dates: all FREE
Carers Choir  Dec 6th & Dec 20th session time 10.30am-11.45am Carers Centre 
Surrey Street singing Dec 17th noon book via therosewindow@gmail.com 
Hospital (CUH) singing Dec 21st gather CUH Chapel 7pm 
Creative Christmas Cafe afternoon 28th Dec Studio upstairs

Meanwhile you are very welcome to follow us on the links below. Please help us spread the joy by telling those dear to you! Thank you!

Warm & serene wishes

Anne and Catherine 
Creative Croydon – Creating Community Through Song, Story and The Arts
 

E: creativecroydon@gmail.com

W: www.creativecroydon.wordpress.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/CroydonCommunityChoir/ 

T: @CreativeCroydn

Autumn Song and Creativity

Creative Croydon October 2017
Autumn Song and Creativity

Croydon Autumn Colour     Thanks to Anne Crump for this lovely image
This October newsletter has some up & coming dates for your diary and we hope to see you at something.  Monday Singing starts Oct 16th and there is a free Saturday singing round the park on Nov 4th. Details below.

Come and sing yourself happy with Croydon Community Choir, back at Studio Upstairs this Autumn. Learn to sing joyous songs from diverse traditions. All voices welcome, no need to read music, no one is ever put on the spot!

Oct 16th -Nov 13th, 5 Monday evenings of singing for wellbeing. We will sing in the beautiful flat access wellbeing gallery in the centre of Croydon, Studio Upstairs, 2-4 Park Street, arrive 6.45 to pay and get settled then we start from 7 – 8.30 pm. Right by the bus stops! Couldn’t be easier!

Fees: 5 week block £25 or £18 concessions. Drop in rates £7 or £5 concessions so you can still miss one and pay less by block booking. Please bring cheques (payable to Creative Croydon) or cash on the night. Thanks!

It is helpful to know that you are coming so we can put out the right amount of chairs so please let us know via creativecroydon@gmail.com. Please bring your fees on the night – come at 6.45 to sign in and pay.  Remember a bottle of water is helpful when singing.

Sing in the Park! A FREE Saturday morning singing in nature on Sat Nov 4th 11am- 1 pm, see here for more info: https://tinyurl.com/ycal2cxm

Carers Choir Regular Wednesday Sessions 10.30-11.45am all carers are welcome to attend Creative Croydon drop in free sessions for Croydon carers. There’s time for a cup of tea before/ after in the Cafe at the Carers support centre George Street. It’s always fine to just drop in when you can, we know that Carers have lots of commitments. A big thank you to Waitrose East Croydon who selected our Carers Choir for their Community Matters Scheme. Here’s Anne collecting the cheque for the donation. Thanks also to the Carer’s Centre for supporting the group which has just celebrated its 3rd birthday! And to Katie Rose for being a steady hand and heart facilitating the group.

Be sure and get out and about in Croydon’s beautiful parks this Autumn.

Meanwhile follow us @CreativeCroydn

and on facebook at Croydon Community Choir

and for wider local music news Croydon Music Development network facebook group

Warm & colourful wishes!

Anne & Catherine

Anne and Catherine 
Creative Croydon – Creating Community Through Song, Story and The Arts
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Sing July Joy – Celebrate Summer

This July newsletter has some up and coming dates for your diary and we hope to see you at something. Exciting news – Waitrose East Croydon has selected us for support for our Carers choir so please venture in and give us your green token support! Thank you 🙂

June saw us closing the Group Singing at Studio Upstairs until the Autumn. Thank you to all who have joined us – dropping in or regularly! So lovely to sing with you all in that beautiful space and thanks to all the team there. The rest of June was a time of planning for Creative Croydon as we focused on progressing our externally funded work with homeless people and those with enduring mental health needs. We hope you have had a restful time in the wonderful sunshine. Meanwhile there are some fun singing outings for you below!

10th July  Anthem for Peace! Creative Croydon collaborator Katie Rose has a new project and would love you to donate £2 to support her work for Croydon. If you can do it by 10th July it will also help show a funder that widespread support is available. Donations also welcome after that of course!https://www.spacehive.com/anthem-for-peace

11th July Creative Cafe 12.30 – 3 pm Join Catherine, Anne & Remi at APCMH’s Creative cafe at St Mildred’s church hall Addiscombe.  Relaxation, art and singing for wellbeing. £1 for lunch needs prebooking with Catherine.http://www.hear-us.org/pdfthem/apcmh/Croydon-APCMH-Creative-Cafe.pdf

11th & 18th July  Join Catherine as she ventures north to Angel to attend two free evening singing workshops with The Lils Womens choir. One for the ladies only this time, sorry chaps but see the great stuff below……Text Catherine if interested as we can travel together if you like: 07981 298 541 see second post down https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=813758048724442&id=812732578826989

12th & 26th July Carers Choir Regular Wednesday Sessions 10.30-11.45am join Katie Rose for these Creative Croydon drop in free sessions for carers. There’s time for a cup of tea before/ after in the Cafe at the Carers support centre George Street. It’s always fine to just drop in when you can, we know that Carers have lots of commitments. And do pop into East Croydon Waitrose to support us with a green token this month!

Croydon Small Moments of Beauty


Thanks to Anne Crump for this lovely Selhurst image (copyright retained by A Crump)

15th July Croydon Pridefest! Join Catherine & Anne plus local Chorus Rainbows Across Borders as they lead Croydon’s very own Pridefest! Come and support the local LGBT community and show that Croydon is a place of love and acceptance of diversity! http://news.croydon.gov.uk/croydon-pride-fest-returns-2017/

16th & 25th July Human Kind Project
Maya Angelou said ‘We are more alike than we are unalike’ in her poem Human Family. This coming week and the next will offer a chance to experience our shared humanity across our diversities through song. Join me in Croydon on 16th July for a local encounter with the Rainbows across Borders chorus & the German Choir of London, and in North London on Tues 25th in the evening, for a massed choir event. On the 16th we will learn backing vocals for a new tune that is very easy.  This one off singing throng will be a temporary pop up choir called Cronx Chorus! Should be interesting, with guest leader Michael Williams. If you are earning please contribute £5-10 towards the fares of refugees and asylum seekers which helps them to attend the event. [All takings go to Rainbows across Borders members for their travel and I will pay the rest!] Please text me urgently if interested on 07981 298 541. Thank you and hope to welcome some of you to this interesting project!

25th July Sing for Water rehearsals begin

Summer Rehearsals – there will be 4 special Pop Up Rehearsals over the summer at the WaterAid offices – these will be a wonderful opportunity to sing with some of the conductors who have composed the songs and meet singers from other choirs – more info here – https://sfwpopupproject2017.eventbrite.com

Please click here for a Dropbox with all the songs and info – https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k0okdbcxl5z5apc/AAAH4f3HlQvpGPM0YYw14RGoa?dl=0

The Big Event – 16th &17th September at the Thames Festival

Saturday 16th September 2-5pm –  optional rehearsal at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre Stamford Street, SE1 – near Waterloo station.

Sunday 17th September there is a must-attend rehearsal 9.00am – followed by a long lunchbreak before performing2.15-3.00pm at The Scoop outside City Hall.  Please tell guests to arrive early to get a seat! 🙂

We will be back with August singing news towards the end of July.

Meanwhile follow us @CreativeCroydn

and on facebook at Croydon Community Choir

and for wider local music news Croydon Music Development network group

Warm & sunny wishes!

Catherine & Anne

Anne and Catherine 
Creative Croydon – Creating Community Through Song, Story and The Arts
E: creativecroydon@gmail.com

W: www.creativecroydon.wordpress.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/CroydonCommunityChoir/

T: @CreativeCroydn