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ChoirShow 2!

ChoirShow 2!
 The live YouTube concert with an impressive lineup!

Sunday 1st November marks the release of CHOIRSHOW 2 – a brilliant live broadcast of virtual choir videos recorded by 14 different choirs INCLUDING CHOIRJAM from across the UK, in support of Keynsham charity ‘The Music Man Project’.

This month 250 singers from various choirs have been busy rehearsing and recording their individual performances, prior to them being carefully edited together to create a wonderful evening concert.  This autumn look forward to watching performances from children’s choirs, community choirs, show choirs and a chamber choir, all brought together for CHOIRSHOW 2.

On the night, there will be special LIVE Green Room of the choir directors, a live interval performance and the audience will be able to share comments, best wishes and celebrate using the YouTube chat function  – and even join in with some short bits of community singing!

CHOIRSHOW 2 is organised by Matt Finch, musical director for Bath Light Operatic Group and MD for BLOG at the Bath Theatre Royal, and is a direct result of his 9 choirs all being unable to perform for the past eight months.

Matt says, “Most of my choirs have been rehearsing on zoom since lockdown began, but with no real purpose or performance to work toward. Some of the choirs began to spontaneously make virtual videos and we started sharing them on Facebook, mainly for family and friends. The feedback was brilliant, with people really enjoying them, but I soon realised there was just not enough people seeing them. The videos were great and can take hours and hours to record, edit and produce and so deserved a much bigger audience! I wanted a way of celebrating the choirs’ achievements and an online concert, in collaboration with other UK choirs seemed to be the perfect vehicle and the best way forward”.                                                                                     

CHOIRSHOW 2 is in fact a sequel. The first CHOIRSHOW was held in July and had 14 different choirs from the south of England coming together to share their performances and watch online. The show had over 1.2K views, sold 350 tickets and raised over £1,000 for charity. After such a roaring success, Matt decided he had to do another one.

The event is ticketed, and the show will be broadcast live on YouTube at 7.30pm on Sunday 1st November 2020. Tickets are £8.50 per household and can be purchased via Eventbrite. 

BUY TICKETS HERE

 CHOIRSHOW has set up a special code for each choir involved. This code gives audience members £1.00 off their ticket and donates 25% of the rest of their ticket to the choir of their choice. To support CHOIRJAM use the special code CJC. At the end of the show there will also be a big virtual bucket  shake in aid of The Music Man Project in Keynsham.

“The Music Man is a music club for adults with learning disabilities and is a place where students can go to share their musical tastes and enjoy making music with friends, as well as learning about musical performance, improvisation, and composition,” explains Matt. “Through the coronavirus crisis, the charity has seen a significant drop in income, is facing many new challenges and has recently set up an appeal page on Just Giving https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/choirshow2 . All fundraising is hugely appreciated, and this is a chance for us to make a real difference to many local musicians”.

For audience members CHOIRSHOW 2 is a great opportunity to enjoy an actual concert, connect with and hear many different styles of choirs from around the world, and support choirs by giving them much needed choral singing time.

Tickets are available and on sale now! To get yours go to;
EVENTBRITE TICKETS

To support ChoirJam and help raise vital funds for The Music Man, use our special code CJC

ChoirFest & Changing Tunes on Sunday 21st October 2018

 

We’ve been invited by Lauren Holloway to take part in her ChoirFest Charity Fundraiser on Sunday 21st October; it features nine choirs singing everything from pop to rock, folk to world music and a bit of musical theatre thrown in! All proceeds will go to support Changing Tunes.  

Venue: Southbank Club, Dean Lane, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1DB
Parking: There’s no parking at the actual club itself but as it’s a Sunday there is free residential parking around Bedminster.

 

The event will feature performances from:

PONITA
BRISTOL FOLK HOUSE CHOIR
CHOIRJAM
THE RIFFS
CHANGING TUNES
GASMEN COLLECTIVE
PLANET 24
BRISTOL GEORGIAN CHOIR (BORJGHALI)

If you have guests who would like to come along and watch, they can choose from a day or evening ticket or come along for the whole event with the option to come and go throughout the day:

DAY SESSION TICKET – £7 (1:30pm-6pm)
EVENING SESSION TICKET – £10 (6pm – 10pm)
WHOLE DAY TICKET – £15 (1:30pm – 10pm) drop in and out throughout the day.

Tickets and more info via Headfirst Bristol: https://bit.ly/2MUGUrC

Please Share any posts you see on Facebook about this gig so we can spread the word and raise lots of money for Changing Tunes.

Changing Tunes is a Bristol-based charity that uses music and mentoring to help people lead meaningful lives, free from crime. Working in 14 prisons and 2 community hubs across the UK they help over 500 prisoners and over 50 ex-prisoners each year by using the power of music to unlock people’s potential to change. It improves well-being and enables personal growth, which both aid rehabilitation.

If you’d like to find out more about Changing Tunes and what they do, check out their website: https://www.changingtunes.org.uk/#learnmore

ChoirJam in concert with the fabulous Three Rivers – Sat 14th April, 2018

On Saturday 14th April, ChoirJam pop choir and acapella group ‘Three Rivers’ will perform together in a unique fundraising concert at St John’s Church, Keynsham, in support of local charity ‘Make A Move’. Click HERE for tickets.

The work Make a Move does is far-reaching. Through music and creative movement, the Keynsham charity helps improve the mental health of many people from children, mums and older people to businesses, organisations and the local community.

The concert promises to be a fun, lively and upbeat evening featuring stunning a cappella harmonies, a live band and quite possibly dancing in the aisles!

Concert Info…
Doors and the bar open at 7.00pm, with Three Rivers first on stage at 7.30pm. After the interval there will be an opportunity to hear Michelle Rochester and Katie Brown talk about the incredible work of Make a Move, and ChoirJam will perform, accompanied by the CJ Band, from
8.50pm. The concert ends at 9.45pm, with a retiring collection for Make a Move, and the bar will remain open until 10.30pm.

Tickets:
Tickets are £10.00 + booking fee and are available HERE

Everyone is welcome, full venue details as follows:
St John’s Church, 1 The Park, Keynsham, BS31 2BL

The Rematch! Sat 17 March 2018

We’re teaming up once again with The Magnificent AK47 men’s choir after they made the long, arduous journey over from eastern parts last year.  Lowering the tone with their deep, Georgian-inspired harmonies and serious silliness, those Magnificent Men of Ashton Keynes and their multi-hatted singing machine will be taking to the stage to prove they can truly live up to the claim of perhaps being the best all bloke singing troupe ever to escape from the depths of North, North Wiltshire.

This time we’re on neutral territory in St Sampson’s handsome church in Cricklade.

There will be a bar, lots of blokes with hats, us and the amazing CJ band! What’s not to like?

Tickets available here.

 

ChoirJam in concert with The Magnificent AK47 – Sat 11 March, 2017

Gig posterNow a Keynsham institution, and well-known in these parts for their exuberant and fun-filled performances, ChoirJam pop choir brings their unique brand of good-time pop to St John’s Church.  Accompanied by their live band, their dynamic and eclectic set includes songs from George Michael, Marvin Gaye, Bette Midler and many more.  http://www.choirjam.co.uk

Joining them tonight by special invitation, and lowering the tone with their deep, Georgian-inspired harmonies and serious silliness, those Magnificent Men of Ashton Keynes and their multi-hatted singing machine take to the stage to prove they can truly live up to the claim of perhaps being the best all bloke singing troupe ever to escape from the depths of North, North Wiltshire.  http://www.themagnificentak47.com

St John’s Church, 1 The Park, Keynsham BS31 2BL

Doors & Bar open 7 pm.  Starts 7.30 pm.

Tickets: £10 adv.  £12 on the door.  £8 concs – U18, student (on production of student card), unemployed (on production of UB40 or similar).  Available from: www.keynshamtickets.cloudvenue.co.uk, emma@choirjam.co.uk, St John’s Parish Office 0117 986 3354.

Retiring collection for MHA Music Therapy Appeal Bristol.  MHA provides valuable music therapy sessions for people living with dementia.  Even when many memories can be hard to retrieve, songs and music are especially easy to recall.  Music therapy gives people living with dementia a chance to express the emotions that are within them, often after their ability to communicate verbally has gone. The group and one-to-one sessions MHA provides gives them a safe space to show their innermost feelings.  With your support, MHA can bring the benefits of music therapy to even more of the residents in their specialist dementia care homes in Bristol and Bath.

ChoirJam LIVE! Friday 29 Jan 2016

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ChoirJam is five years old!  We are celebrating with a fab live gig with our CJ band at Saltford Hall on Friday 29 January at 8 pm.

Come and celebrate with us!  We’ll be performing a mix of pop songs old and new and laughing our way through the whole thing (as usual).

Tickets: £5 (U16 £3).  To book, contact us via our FB page, emma@choirjam.co.uk or phone 07793 983040.  Tickets will also be available on the door if we don’t sellout first (don’t risk it!)