And so the 2020 rollercoaster ride continues. With “Lockdown II, Now We’re Getting Annoyed” showing in home cinemas across the country, the first cut of the rules says that we will not be rehearsing for a few weeks. But we will be looking closely at the guidelines to see if there is a possibility that we might safely meet in some form, still with masks, safety protocols and definitely no mingling. We will keep you updated with news.
And our 10th anniversary concert, postponed from the summer, is still pending. We WILL celebrate our decade. Time and place and program to be determined.
In 2020, the choir lost one of its founding members and biggest personalities when Jerry Wright passed away. He is much missed by his wife, Clare – also a founding member of the choir – and his children Christopher and Charlotte, as well as by all of his fellow choristers.
Jerry would have celebrated his birthday on October 28th, so a small group of the choir went to his resting place to sing to him. Covid rules prevented a full choir performance, but we will definitely correct that when we are permitted to. The Cantique de Jean Racine was one of his favourites, and his booming bass lead at ‘qui la conduit…’ still echoes through the many spaces where we have sung it. Bernadette Lord sang a gorgeous aria from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Chilcott’s Irish Blessing completed our mini concert. Happy Birthday, Jerry.
Under normal circumstances, we meet at Christ Church on Tuesday evenings, at 7.45pm. If you are interested in coming along for the first time, please use the contact page to get in touch. We have set up a COVID-secure practice regimen. The various restrictions are laid out in the recent posts, and the Risk Assessment can be found in the menu above.
A Decade of Singing
Many thanks to those who attended our November concert, Celebration, kicking off the events for our tenth anniversary year. We had hoped that JUNE 20, 2020 would be the date for our gala birthday event. We would have been performing Mozart’s Requiem Mass and a number of other works. But Covid-19 has intervened, of course. We will be announcing a decision on when that concert will happen in due course. We very much hope that you will be able to join us, whenever it is.
About the choir
Sheen Gate Choir is a non-selective amateur choir based in East Sheen, South West London, UK. Formed in 2009, we rehearse every week in either a local school or in Christchurch, and try to perform a major work every year, as well as other smaller concerts.
Singing is a cathartic experience. Singing is uplifting, challenging and rewarding, and is a social part of our members’ lives. You do not need to be able to read music or have previous experience in a choir. All you need to do is commit to Tuesday nights during term time (and don’t worry if you cannot commit to every one, you can still be a part of the choir and a part of performances) and head to Tower House School, Sheen Lane, or Christ Church, West Temple Sheen, SW14 7RT. Drop us a line and we can let you know where rehearsal will be.
We rehearse from 7.45pm to 9.30pm and then head to one of our local pubs, The Plough or The Victoria.
In recent years, major concerts have included Faure’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, Saint Saens’ Requiem, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mozart’s Requiem as well as more contemporary works by the likes of Britten, Vaughan Williams, Whitacre, Rutter and Goodall. We have travelled to perform with other choirs in Salzburg and Vienna, and at the Royal Albert Hall.
If you would like to join us, please complete the following form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. No audition is required – you can just turn up and have a go!