Solid Harmony Collective, the senior and alumni singers from the choir, were honoured to be invited to perform across Newham during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.
Thanks to Newham Council, we will always remember our important role in celebration the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and to Sheli for taking such amazing shots on the day!
Congratulations to Deja, Mica, Michael, Priscilla and Evelyn who are our Jack Petchey Award winners for October 2012!
We’d like to thank the Jack Petchey Foundation for their continued support of Solid Harmony!
Solid Harmony’s senior performance choir (SPC) were invited to sing for Holocaust Memorial Day at 8 Northumberland Ave, Trafalgar Sq, London.
The choir created and performed an opening fanfare, “Listen To My Voice (Speak Up, Speak Out)” and closed the ceremony with their own arrangement of “Courage” by Orianthi.
All 3 choirs of Solid Harmony performed at the end of term informal sharing on Wednesday. It was great to hear Nashaa and Shammi, Michael and John perform on the same bill. Thanks to those who came down to support, and to Steve Lodder and Ian Newton Grant for helping us sound so good!
Jane, Paul, Geneta and the choirs wish everyone a great summer! See you in September!
Thanks to SERIOUS, Solid Harmony Senior choir had the privilege of being invited to sing on the steps of St. David’d Hall, Cardiff on Saturday as part of this important Wellcome Trust 75th Anniversary. Dame Gwyneth Jones listened to us and gave us valuable advise about how to look after our vocal chords and sing with a ‘beautifully rounded sound’.
For the second year running, Newham held a festival of choirs this month. This is a series of choir sharing events leading up to a finale of 8 choirs. Solid Harmony enjoyed reviving their own creation, ‘Chicken and Rice’ for one of the sharing events and sang Michael Jackson’s ‘Will You Be There’, conducted by Geneta Crooke for the big finale at Newham Town Hall.
Among the other choirs taking part were Young and Gifted, Gouri Choudhury’s Hindi and Bangladeshi singers, Forest Voices and the Urban Development crew.
This week the amazing Amandla Esandla were resident in London, as part of their partnership with the Sing Up London Community, led by ARK Schools. The group visited us to perform and lead us in a workshop of traditional and modern Xhosa song and dance. Their energy and musicianship was a total inspiration. We have already coined the phrase, “Amandlasize it!”, if ever our performance lacks energy or commitment!
Thank you Amandla Esandla! We hope we get to work with you again!
“Why can’t we stay the whole week?” says Shaima. Spending a weekend at PGL was such a great opportunity to connect, enjoy out of London activity, get to know each other in a different context, set and meet personal challenges, encourage and support each other, play cards, sing, compose, relax and generally set the tone for working together as a choir for the next year. Thank you PGL for a great time, and especially our groupi Jamie, who looked after us wonderfully! Onwards! See the video here.
PS – respect to Charles’ finger. Such powers of recovery!