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Waiting list update

25 November 2013

6 January 2014:
NEW MEMBERS: A membership waiting list is currently in operation for soprano and alto voices, but we are actively seeking both basses and tenors to join us now. If you are interested in joining, please get in touch and we can let you know the current position.  There is a contact form on the Join page.

Concert Schedule for Messiah

9 December 2014

Here is the concert schedule for this weekend’s concert. Please note particularly:

  • Tonight’s rehearsal is at St Augustine’s, Highbury New Park. Please arrive promptly so that we can start at 7:30
  • Saturday’s rehearsal will begin at 2:30. Please make sure that you are in the church at 2:15. We are expecting 150 singers, and it will inevitably take a while to get everyone seated.
  • We are in DESPERATE need of stewards for Saturday evening. If you have friends or relatives who can help, please talk to Louise Tucker at tonight’s rehearsal. They will get a seat, so it’s possibly a way for people who can’t otherwise get tickets to see the concert.
  • The sits and stands are all in this schedule. Please make sure that you have taken note and, ideally, marked them in your score.

Concert Schedule for 2014 Winter – Messiah

Poster for the Messiah, 13 December.

19 November 2014


Choir instructions for Saturday’s Concert

19 November 2014

Venue:                                Christ Church Spitalfields, Commercial Street, London, E1 6LY*


Rehearsal Times:              Please be at the church by 4.15pm so we can start rehearsing promptly at 4.30pm. The orchestra will be rehearsing when you arrive, so quiet arrivals will be appreciated! We expect the rehearsal to be finished by 5.30pm.


Concert Timing:                 Concert starts at 7.30pm. All choir to be at the church by 7.15pm so you can go onstage at 7.25pm. We would like the choir to be sat on the staging throughout the concert (including the first half). The concert will end at approximately 9.30pm.


Concert Programme:

Beethoven Coriolan Overture

Mozart Bella mia fiamma – Resta, oh cara

Mozart Misero, o sogno – Aura, che intorno spiri

~  Interval  ~

Beethoven Symphony No 9 ‘Choral’


Please note that we are unable to serve refreshments during the interval.


Concert Dress:                   Men: Dinner suit (or black trousers and black jacket), white shirt, black bow tie, black socks, black shoes.

                                            Women: Long black skirt (not mid-calf or knee-length but at least ankle length) or long black trousers (not jeans). Black long-sleeved shirt / blouse. Black tights /                                                            stockings / socks and black shoes. Discreet jewellery only.


Changing Area:                 There is a changing area in the crypt, but this area is currently reduced due to building work. Please arrive at the church in concert dress if you can.


Music Folders:                   Please bring and use your black ICS music folder. If you are a new member, you will be able collect one at the afternoon rehearsal.


Loan Music:                       If you have borrowed music, please retain it after the concert and take it to the next ICS rehearsal as Chris won’t be collecting Beethoven scores on Saturday.


Tickets:                               Will be available at the Tuesday rehearsal from Louise Tucker. Tickets are selling quickly so may not be available on the door.

                                             If you want to leave (paid for) tickets at the door for guests, you need to put them in an envelope and label it with the guests’ names (at the top) and your name (at the foot).



Transport/ Parking:          Buses: 67 (to Aldgate) stops outside the church.

Tube: Aldgate East and Liverpool Street both about 8-10 minutes’ walk from the church. Shoreditch High Street Overground station is about 5-6 minutes’ walk

Parking: Very limited street parking is available, not restricted on Saturdays in many areas but please observe signs (especially Residents’ Parking bays) and take care, this is a popular tourist area. There is no parking available at the church.



*For maps and detailed directions, see the Venues page in the Members section of

Half Term

12 October 2014

There will be no rehearsal on Tuesday 28 October.

Another chance to sing Ode to Joy

19 August 2014

Stoke Newington-based choir The Chorus of Dissent will be singing Ode to Joy at Stoke Newington Town Hall on 11 October.It will be the main work in a concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

They are inviting singers to join them. Rehearsals will be on Wednesday 8 October and on the afternoon of the concert itself. More details can be found at


27 July 2014

Rehearsals for the next concert start on 9 September.

Have a great summer!

Summer Singers begins this week

12 July 2014

Our Summer Singers season starts this Tuesday, 15 July. Our first conductor this year will be Michael Waldron.

This year’s programme consists of six Tuesday evenings from 15 July to 19 August

With guest conductors, we sing a wide variety of music from Renaissance to madrigals, part-songs to anthems, gospel to opera choruses. Although they are run by Islington Choral Society, the sessions are open to everyone. The cost is £5 per session or £25 for all six. There’s no need to book.

7.30pm to 9.30pm at Christ Church, 155 Highbury Grove, London N5 1SA.


The full schedule for this year is:

July 15th Michael Waldron
July 22nd Mark Denza
July 29th Michael Derrick
August 5th Collin Vassell
Aug 12th Phillip Godfrey
Aug 19th Paul Ayres

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