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

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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
E: creativecroydon@gmail.com

W: www.creativecroydon.wordpress.com

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

T: @CreativeCroydn

 

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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

Sing yourself merry in the month of May!

Explore, welcome & free your voice with Catherine & Ellie this Spring!

Sing yourself merry every Monday! Weekly
7 – 8.30pm each May Monday evening (except Bank hols)

We are enjoying singing in the beautiful gallery space at Studio Upstairs for a second series of weekly Learn to sing sessions.  2-4 Park Street in the centre of Croydon. (Where Turtle’s used to be!). Dates below.

Join us either on a drop in basis for our themed evenings or save money by joining in a block. The themes will always incorporate some general global harmony songs as well.

Upcoming themes:

May 8th   – An Elizabethan Catch about May, along with a little Gospel and a touch of Tanzania

May 15th – A little LGBT item for IDAHOT day plus some Taize and a Tree song!

May 22nd – Let’s revisit some of our favourites so far and take them up a notch! Plus a surprise new one. Still easy to drop in to.

June 5th – Something for World Environmental day and World Oceans day.

Fees: 4 week block £20 or £15 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!

Please come at 6.45 if paying that evening and please let us know if you are coming so we can put out the right number of chairs. Bring a bottle of water as singing is thirsty work.

Croydon Small Moments of Beauty


Summer scratch singing sessions
There will be opportunities do join in with one off singing activities across the summer so we will send out more details over the next month. Meanwhile some dates to pencil in your diaries:

17th May Cronx Chorus scratch singing workshop for IDAHOT day, midday Croydon Town Hall. FREE

17th June  Summer of Love circle dance Waddon Park
21st June  Midsummer’s eve chant evening at South Norwood Lakes
15th July   Croydon Pride
25th July   Common and Kind – sing in 400 strong choir the song Human KInd with the Rainbows across Borders refugee choir.

Lovesong for you
Happy to send you a free mp3 if you would like it for your collection or a friend’s wedding or funeral. I would love your help to increase my Youtube likes for this cover song as I hope to get funding for my EP: Please take a listen and give me a Youtube like, if you do! You can also subscribe to hear my new songs if you would like to. 🙂  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pspfk5–QIg

Carers choir session with Katie Rose 
Monthly sessions take place on Wednesdays 10.30am-11.45am – there’s time for a cup of tea before/ after in the Cafe at the Carers Support Centre. It’s always fine to just drop in when you can, we know that Carers have lots of commitments. Call them for the next session date. https://naturalvoice.net/choir/croydon-carers-choir

Creative birthday & anniversary gifts
For an imaginative gift consider vocal coaching vouchers for a personal singing or speaking session. A joint session can be a lovely thing to do together. One to one sessions can help a dream come true, for speaking, singing, or songwriting. Or you can always treat yourself! Ask Catherine for details if maybe interested.

Wishing you a merry and mellifluous May!

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

Monday Singing from the 24th April

Creative Croydon April 2017
Monday singing returns 24th April
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Dear Anne 
Join us for more wonderful weekly singing!

Monday Singing returns! Weekly but not on Bank hols from April 24th 2017

We are delighted to be singing in the Spring at Studio Upstairs for a second series of 5 week Learn to sing sessions, in this beautiful local Art gallery, 7-8.30pm, 2-4 Park Street in the centre of Croydon. (Where Turtle’s used to be!). Dates below.

Join us either on a drop in basis for our themed evenings or save money by joining in a block. The themes will always incorporate some general global harmony songs as well.

We don’t meet on the Bank Holidays. Upcoming themes:

April 24th     – Relaxation as it is Stress awareness month and a little Jazz as it is Jazz appreciation month!

May 8th   – An Elizabethan Catch about May, along with a little Gospel and a touch of Tanzania

May 15th – A little LGBT item for IDAHOT day plus some Taize and a Tree song!

May 22nd – Let’s revisit some of our favourites so far and take them up a notch! Plus a surprise new one. Still easy to drop in to.

June 5th – Something for World Environmental day and World Oceans day.

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!

Please book via the eventbrite link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-to-sing-global-song-croydon-tickets-33732133720?aff=erelexpmlt 
Or if you want to bring your money on the night please come at 6.45 and please let us know if you are coming so we can put out the right number of chairs.

Croydon Small Moments of Beauty

Other dates for your diary
Group outing! Sat 6th May 11-4.30 in Whitechapel, four lovely Natural voice singing leaders will get a large group of us singing simple things together. Come and experience the deliciousness of harmony singing in a large group. £25/18 conc. Please bring money along on the first session if you would like to go – we can travel together if you would like company.

Summer scratch singing sessions
There will be opportunities do join in with one off singing activities across the summer so we will send out more details over the next month. Meanwhile some dates to pencil in your diaries:

17th June  Summer of Love Waddon Park
21st June  Midsummer’s eve chant evening at South Norwood Lakes
15th July   Croydon Pride
25th July   Common and Kind – sing in 400 strong choir the song Human KInd with the Rainbows across Borders refugee choir.

A song from me
Going for Youtube likes for my cover song as I hope to get funding for my EP: Please take a listen and give me a Youtube like, if you do! You can also subscribe to hear my new songs if you woud like to. 🙂  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pspfk5–QIg

Carers choir session with Katie Rose 
Monthly sessions take place on Wednesdays 10.30am-11.45am – there’s time for a cup of tea before/ after in the Cafe at the Carers Support Centre. It’s always fine to just drop in when you can, we know that Carers have lots of commitments. Call them for the next session date. https://naturalvoice.net/choir/croydon-carers-choir

Stuck for birthday or anniversary gifts?
Singing vouchers for a personal singing or speaking session can make a lovely gift and a joint session can be a nice thing to do together. One to one sessions can help a dream come true, for speaking, singing, or songwriting. Or you can always treat yourself! Ask Catherine for details if maybe interested.

Wishing you a joyful and harmonious Spring!

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

Monday Singing Returns

Monday Singing returns!
Thanks to your support we are raring to go again for a 5 week Learn to sing series, at a new venue, Studio Upstairs, 7-8.30pm, 2-4 Park Street in the centre of Croydon. (Where Turtle’s used to be!). Dates below.

Join us either on a drop in basis for our themed evenings or save money by joining in a block. The themes will always incorporate some global harmony songs. Themes:

Feb 27th     – LGBT History Month

March 6th   – Women’s Day

March 13th – St Patrick’s Day

March 20th – World Water Day

March 26th – Mother’s Day

Song suggestions welcome – though no promises if they are too hard for me!

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!

Croydon Small Moments of Beauty

Performance opportunity
Fancy singing in a small group on Weds 15th March at Lime Meadow Folk Club in Sanderstead? Let Catherine know, we will sing something we have practised on March 13th. From 7.15pm, free parking, £2 donation for entry.

Parkinson’s singing group
Does someone you care about have Parkinson’s? Join Catherine Thursday 16th March 2 pm at CVA for a tailored session. We are looking for corporate sponsorship for a regular session, so please do let your company or club know in case they might like to use their corporate social responsibility budget for this project. Thanks!

Mother’s Day gifts
 Singing fees for next term make a lovely gift and a fun thing to do together. One to one sessions can help a dream come true, for speaking, singing, or songwriting. Or you can always treat yourself!

Our third pop up Creative Café was with the AYDA women’s group on Feb 18th in Haslemere Hall, Thornton Heath. It was an honour to help relaunch this great service.

Carers choir session with Katie Rose 
Monthly sessions take place on Wednesdays 10.30am-11.45am – there’s time for a cup of tea before/ after in the Cafe at the Carers Support Centre. It’s always fine to just drop in when you can, we know that Carers have lots of commitments. Call them for the next session date.

 

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

E: creativecroydon@gmail.com

W: www.creativecroydon.wordpress.com

February 2017 Singing is back!

Join us for more wonderful weekly singing!

The Big News is that Monday evening singing can restart if you please sign up by 18th Feb -and we get enough people! 


A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the Wassail, the Holocaust Memorial day and the LGBT history month launch go with such a swing! Scratch choirs rock!

Join us at something this month if you fancy a sing: 

7th Feb Central London Women’s voice evening workshop with Catherine (covering for Shipla). At St Luke’s community centre EC1. 07981 298 541.

14th Feb – Happy Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a free serenade from Catherine….
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pspfk5–QIg

22nd Feb Carers choir session with Katie Rose
Monthly sessions take place on Wednesdays 10.30am-11.45am – there’s time for a cup of tea before/ after in the Cafe at the Carers Support Centre. It’s always fine to just drop in when you can, we know that Carers have lots of commitments.

27th Feb through to 27th March – 5 weekly sessions to Sing the World! 
Great news! Monday evening singing is back with a slightly new format to help it work for everyone’s enjoyment with greater numbers. We will sing in the beautiful flat access new gallery in the centre of Croydon, Studio Upstairs, 2-4 Park Street, from 7 – 8.30 pm on a Monday evening. Right by the bus stops! If we get ten block sign ups asap we will be ready to go! The deadline for this will be Saturday 18th February. More details below:

5 week ‘learn to sing’ course with Catherine. We will cover vocal warmups, pitching, breath control and performance aspects as well as singing the usual range of global harmony sounds to warm hearts and build a sense of community. By going for a 5 week commitment to a class we can ensure that each week you will have enough other people present for an uplifting and enjoyable group sing.  Drop ins are still welcome and bursary places are available for those for whom the costs prove challenging, let Catherine know.

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 book and pay for your place here by 18th Feb: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-to-sing-global-song-tickets-31815661500?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

Our third pop up Creative Café will be with the AYDA women’s group on Feb 18th in Haslemere Hall, Thornton Heath. Do get in touch with Anne or Catherine if you feel you would like to come along. Women only this time! [Sorry chaps, more for you next month].

Are you in work at the moment? Here at Creative Croydon we are working hard to get funding to replace that lost for the Carers choir and the Croydon Hospital singing project (work at St George’s continues) so if you have any contacts who might like to sponsor these great initiatives as part of their corporate social responsibility commitment,  please do put them in touch with us!

Fancy a solo sing? Join Catherine at The Goose is out folk club in Nunhead for the 12/2 singaround: http://thegooseisout.com/singarounds-at-the-old-nuns-head/ or Lime Meadow folk and Blues club (Sanderstead) 7.30 pm on 1st March http://www.limemeadowacousticfolkandbluesclub.co.uk/

Not confident enough yet? Try a solo vocals lesson or two with Catherine to feel braver! Makes a nice gift also for Valentines’, Mother’s day, anniversary or birthday…….

We wish you all a very Creative February!

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

Creative Croydon January 2017 Happy New Year!

Welcome 2017 with a Wassail!

This January Croydon Community Choir’s regular Monday sessions are on a break as our venue is closed Mon eves. Instead we will have occasional opportunities to get involved and hope to start back with renewed numbers after Easter. See below for our January singing news…….

Come Wassailing on Saturday Jan 28th at Croydon’s Community Orchard with an optional practice this Thursday Jan 19th at 7.30 at a private home near Morland Road. Text Catherine if interested for the full address, 07981 298 541. Singers and instrumental players welcome. FREE.

World Holocaust Memorial Day
On January 27th Croydon Council hosts a public event with music and a speaker 12 – 2pm at the Town Hall. Singers are invited to join the staff Choir to lead the audience in singing ‘I feel Like going on’. There is a practice/singing session onMonday 23 January at 7-8.30pm in the friendly art space Studio Upstairs 2-4 Park St, Croydon CR0 1YE. FREE if singing on the Friday. £5/3 if just coming for the evening.

Other News from Creative Croydon

Our second pop up Creative Café went delightfully
On 30th December 2016 we held our second Creative Croydon pop up Creative Café. The event was kindly hosted by Studio Upstairs in the town centre. Over 30 people came along and took part in creative mindfulness and singing workshops, as well as an open art session. There was a lovely warm buzz and people hung around chatting in the afterglow, a bright spot at a time of year that can bring mixed emotions. We were joined by artist Liz Watkins who painted as the cafe took place! So watch this space for more pop up Creative Cafes in 2017!

Making 2017 a Creative Year
How might you bring more creativity and freedom of expression into your life this year? One tiny action or change can be all you need……

Please do contact us with any enquiries at creativecroydon@gmail.com

Future dates:
Weds Feb 1st Join Catherine as she releases her first track at Lime meadow folk and Blues club in Sanderstead. All welcome to share a song/perform.

Friday 3rd Feb Sound and wellbeing talk by Catherine at Alternative Living group in Croydon. Open to all.

We wish you all a very Creative January!

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

A Creative Christmas

Dear Friends
Creative Christmas

Mindful Moment…  
“Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” ~ Oren Arnold

News from Creative Croydon

Our first pop up Creative Café a great success
On 22nd November 2016 Creative Croydon held their first pop up Creative Café. The event was kindly hosted by Friends in Need and MIND. Twenty six people came along and took part in storytelling and singing workshops, as well as an open art session. There was a lovely warm atmosphere and people left wanting more. So watch this space for more pop up Creative Cafes in 2017!

Making it a Creative Christmas
Midwinter can be a tough time – long dark nights and the commercial, work or family pressures around Christmas can leave people feeling low or lonely.   At Creative Croydon we aim to use creative activities to make a positive contribution to community growth  – on International Human Rights Day 10th December, Catherine Pestano will be sharing song with FGM Survivors in Croydon as an expressive tool for wellbeing.  Creativity can become a powerful tool of peace and wellbeing in winter.  We invite you to join us at warming, peaceful events to uplift and inspire this December.

Please do contact as with any enquiries at creativecroydon@gmail.com

We wish you all a very Creative Christmas and Magical Midwinter

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