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Group singing to raise spirits

Funded on Spacehive 1 December 2020

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Group singing to raise spirits

Group singing to raise spirits

South Westminster Community Choir By South Westminster Community Choir

Raise spirits - of Choir members, musicians & listeners - in the run up to Xmas 2020 & beyond, through jolly (but Covid-secure) in-person and online group singing & community performances

City of Westminster Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 01 Dec 2020!

The Project aims to raise spirits in the run up to Christmas 2020, while providing a lifeline to musicians desperate for paid work • Participation will be open to all, on a drop-in basis. To encourage participation, there are: • No auditions – Choir strapline: ‘Come if you love to sing, come if you think you can’t’ • No fees to join or participate (voluntary contributions into Choir's bank account or into a tin at rehearsals) • Participants have an enjoyable learning experience, singing a range of musical pieces • No fees to join or participate • High standards of performance, despite singers who ‘can’t sing and can’t read music’ • Highly skilled, qualified & experienced Musical Director leads the group with a unique set of skills, including humour • Qualified, proficient pianist, capable of instantly transposing music scores to different keys, to suit the group, & provide appropriate snatches of music to accompany the Musical Director’s jokes/instructions!

What we'll deliver:

  • Jolly group singing rehearsals in-person &/or online
  • Lively community performances in-person &/or online
  • Open to all
  • Transport assistance for frail/immobile participants to get to Church St venues

Why it's a great idea:

• The Choir aims to attract new members, so they may experience the health benefits of group singing, while providing paid work to motivate musicians who are in financial hardship due to Covid closure of venues • Community singing & regular rehearsals have very positive benefits for health, including increased lung capacity, stress reduction, boosting the human immune system & combating isolation and loneliness. • Training for community performances (including Carols for Xmas Tree lightings) provides a focus for practice & generates additional enthusiasm & improvement, in both physical capability & mental fortitude

Steps to get it done:

  • First rehearsal to take place in Nov 2020
  • Hold sessions in the run up to Christmas 2020 to raise spirits
  • Hold Community sessions to brighten up the bleak January 2021 period

The Project will start as soon as funding is received. We are keen to get started!

Location City of Westminster

About the space

Church Street London to Lupus Street London


City of Westminster

How will the money be spent?Total £4,835

Musicians fees - £3,780 (78%)
Participant's travel costs - £300 (6%)
Musicians expenses to transport instruments - £250 (5%)
Refreshments (tea/coffee) for double-length performances - £150 (3%)
Other - £355 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Musicians fees
Participant's travel costs
Musicians expenses to transport instruments
Refreshments (tea/coffee) for double-length performances
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £4,835

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • We're seeking new members who wish to experience the FUN & FREE health benefits of group singing - Reduce stress, Boost lung capacity & immune system, Combat isolation & loneliness

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