Search

Hackney choir celebrates 40 years with a retro party

PUBLISHED: 17:24 27 November 2013 | UPDATED: 17:49 27 November 2013

Choir Hackney Singers celebrate their 40th anniversary with a 1970s themed party. From l to r: Helen Coupland Jenny Greenwood and Erica Marks

Choir Hackney Singers celebrate their 40th anniversary with a 1970s themed party. From l to r: Helen Coupland Jenny Greenwood and Erica Marks

Archant

A choir celebrated 40 years of music-making with a 1970s-themed anniversary party in Homerton on Saturday.

The Hackney Singers was set up in 1973 after the council arts and entertainment department put an advert in the Hackney Gazette to form a singing group. The group became known as the Hackney Choral Society and they performed their first public engagement at Stoke Newington Town Hall in Stoke Newington Church Street.

The group was renamed the Hackney Singers in the 1980s and has performed at the Royal Festival Hall and the London 2012 Paralympics.

More than 60 people attended the party at the Hackney Marshes Centre in Homerton Road, which featured a buffet and singing.

Long-standing member Natalie Shefer, who attended, said: “I joined Hackney Singers in 1986. Then, we were a small group with only a handful of men.

“I had put off joining a choir because I couldn’t face an audition, but was told that Hackney Singers didn’t hold auditions.

“Daunting though it was, I plucked up the courage to join.

“I have had a wonderful time since joining but the important thing is that Hackney Singers do not hold auditions, enabling people like myself to have their lives enriched by singing in a choir.”

The group will be holding a Christmas concert at St ohn of Jerusalem church in Lauriston Road, Victoria Park on December 15.

0 comments

Latest Hackney Stories

30 minutes ago

Ex-Woking defender offers an honest assessment of O’s season with Steve Davis’ team losing their last three fixtures

12:00

Spurs youngster played 90 minutes to continue his recovery from ankle ligament damage, while Fernando Llorente reflects on his full debut

10:53

The family of Rashan Charles have slammed the Met’s decision to not suspend the officer who wrestled the 20-year-old to the ground on the night he died.

10:30

Clapton fell to a 4-3 defeat to Essex Senior League high-flyers West Essex at the Old Spotted Dog.

20 minutes ago

After two and a half years, the Hive is nearing the end of its stay at a vacant Haggerston building. Co-founder Gee Inha tells Emma Bartholomew about the group’s vision of changing planning law – and the world.

08:32

Arsenal’s Jordan Nobbs and Jodie Taylor were among the goalscorers as England began their 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign with an emphatic win over Russia.

Detectives investigating the murder of Marvin Couson - who died 13 years after he was shot in Shoreditch - believe he might have been an innocent victim in a dispute between rival criminal gangs from London and Birmingham.

11:50

Jewish New Year was the talk of Simon Marks Primary School on Friday as Rabbi David Mason presented a special assembly.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists