Until next time…

What a year it’s been! Every year with Bigmouth is a great year, new faces and new songs make all the difference, and it’s truly something special to see familiar faces with us, returning each year to lend their voices to the choir.

In many ways, it’s sad to be breaking up for the summer holidays. The end of year concert is always a high point, and it makes you want to just keep going but, as some of you may have noticed, we’re now well into summer, and rest is needed.

So what final notes can we talk about before we spend the next couple of months on the beach?

1. Keep practicing!

You’re singing voice is like a muscle, and keeping it honed is important. By now, you should have an understanding of how to warm your voice and keep it working.

It’s easy to fall out of the habit, without Emily to lead you, but you’ve spent a year learning about your voice, and it’s a shame to let things slide while you’re away.

2. Keep drinking water!

I know, I know, we always say this, but by now, you’ve probably come to understand the many benefits hydration has for a singer. We’ve probably mentioned drinking water in half of our blog posts, so if ever there’s only one lesson that land with you, we hope it’s this.

As we’re guessing many of you will be spending your summer holidays in the sun, catching a tan or visiting the pub for a nice, relaxing pint in the garden, drinking water becomes even more important.

3. Keep your ears open!

Bigmouth is a wonderful platform for appreciating new music but it’d be impossible to cover every single song worth covering.

As you walk about, keep your ears peeled for new music, even if it’s not the kind you would normally listen to. Try to apply what you’ve learned to appreciate what the singer is doing.

Some of you may even remember an older article of ours where we talked about the benefits of listening to music recorded in other languages (it helps the brain multitask), or perhaps you’ve become fascinated by one of extended vocal techniques we’ve discussed and you’re hoping to catch them out in the wild.

4. Follow our fearless leader!

Emily, our choirmaster extraordinaire, also has a busy career as an artist. While the resat of us are taking the time to relax, Emily is no doubt cooking up something new and exciting.

Regular readers will remember she won a British Composer Award for her work at Folkestone Triennial, while others might have seen her installation at Ramsgate Harbour’s Sailor’s Church as part of Ramsgate Festival of Sound.

Whatever else she has planned, it’s bound to be exciting and we can’t wait.

And so, we come to the end of another year of Bigmouth Chorus, but never fear, we will be back in the new term, which starts September 10th. Until then keep singing, and we look forward to seeing all our friends again, as well as new faces and voices.

Christmas news – Breaks, Concerts & Carols

As Christmas draws in, it’s time for us to take a short break but we’re not done just yet. There’s still plenty of thing happening over the winter period to keep you busy and singing until we return on January 8th.

To close out our term on December 18th, our regular rehearsal session will be an informal concert. While there wont be a ticket price, donations will be accepted for the choir and Thanet Winter Shelter. Our choir members will meet at 7:15pm to prepare, while guests will be welcome to attend from 8:15pm.

Also, we have an annual tradition that we must observe. For the past few  years, our fearless leader has organised an alternative carol service; Ding Dong Merrily On Pie.
Join us on Christmas Eve from 5:30pm outside Rubber Chicken House in Ramsgate for the silliest carol service you’ve ever seen or heard. Songs include Can You Stop The Canapes, Ding Dong Merrily On Pie, Last Christmas I Did A Big Fart, and The Toilet Door Said Gentlemen.
Lyrics, Mulled Wine and Minced Pies will be provided. Further details are on the flyer below.

We hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year. Until the new term starts, this article on taking care of your voice or maybe this one might be of use until the next BIGMOUTH rehearsal on January 8th.

Emily scoops up gold at British Composer Awards!

A huge congratulations are in order for our fearless leader, Emily Peasgood, as she picks up the award for Sonic Art at the British Composer Awards.

The award was earned for her work “Halfway to Heaven” which celebrated the rediscovery of a lost Baptist burial ground in Folkestone. The interactive installation was commissioned by the Creative Foundation as part of Folkestone Triennial last year, and was commended by The Times, The Telegraph and Wall Street International, as well as others. Continue reading “Emily scoops up gold at British Composer Awards!”

It’s the Final Countdowwwn!

This is it ladies and gents! The final week leading to our annual concert next Friday 20 July.  We are also featuring in en Choir’s concert on Saturday 21 July too! Tickets for both events are available online here and on the door (subject to availability). Come on down for a fun, feel good evening or contact us with any queries – see you all there!

She’s Back! And she’s bringing her work with her…

As Emily returns and A Requiem for Crossbones comes to an end, the excitement does not – Emily says, “I’m excited to announce that for the first time one of my artworks is coming to my home town of Ramsgate!! Requiem for Crossbones will exhibit at Ramsgate Festival of Sound 2018 by Ramsgate Arts on Saturday 28 July – Sunday 29 July from 11am-5pm in Albion Place Gardens, on Albion Place.” With this unique new piece from our choir leader coming home, we are all buzzing with anticipation for what this could bring next for her and her career. Good luck!

Roll Up, Roll Up, It’s Nearly July

Yes ladles and gentlespoons, it is that time of year again! Our annual concert! Hard copy tickets have officially gone on sale!
If you know a member of the choir, ask them to grab your tickets at a rehearsal or contact the choir administrator, Elli to purchase tickets. They are also available on WeGotTickets.
Have you been thinking of joining enChoir but not sure, or think it is too late for this choir year? Come and have a listen at this year’s concert and see if you enjoy yourself or contact us with any queries.

Keep those eyes peeled!

A concert update this week; with choir leader, Emily Peasgood returned from installing her latest work, Requiem for Crossbones, the choir was buzzing with excitement for our final term of the choir year. To add to the excitement, posters and hard copy tickets have been ordered and are on the way so be sure to keep your eyes peeled – there may be a poster going up near you! Sound like a choir you’d like to try? Pop down for a free trial rehearsal or contacts us with any queries.

A break in transmission

Fear not, dear friends, we have not deserted you! We will be back this upcoming week to sing and learn and develop together after our short half term break. This term brings us into the final countdown to our annual concert! Tickets are already available online here and hard copies will be on sale soon – we’ll see you all there!

An Em Based Update – another fascinating feature!

We’ve spoken frequently about our choir leader Emily Peasgood; artist and composer extraordinaire. This time round, she has composed for Merge Festival, in partnership with Bankside Open Spaces Trust and Tate Modern, a piece centred around Crossbones Garden. Speaking about the project, she says, “Established as early as the 17th century, Crossbones is believed to be the final resting place for prostitutes, known as ‘Winchester Geese’, paupers, criminals and children – those who could not afford burial or were deemed unfit for burial in consecrated ground. The identities of those buried within are largely unknown; there are no distinguishable plots or headstones, but instead a cemented surface surrounded by a community garden created by Bankside Open Spaces Trust in collaboration with the Friends of Crossbones”. With this interactive piece set to air from 8th June until 1st July there is a buzz of anticipation around waiting to hear the next unique, orginal and as usual, unusual piece from our talented leader.

Progress Report!

Hello all! We wanted to update you on some key developments in our concert preparations – just to make you even more excited! We’ve started inviting members of the choir to try out singing solos to see if they’d like to in the concert – these will be decided for certain at the start of June so they can be perfected. We’re cracking on with our set list and getting throught nicely so we are nearly there on the musical side. Finally, tickets and posters are in the process of being designed for this year’s concert; tickets are already for sale online and hard sales will be available from June. All is on the way to completion and we hope to see you all there on Friday 20th July!