Updates from charities and thank yous to Euphonix at the end of 2016
Euphonix - a community choir with a difference
Euphonix is a community choir with a difference in Kingston, open to any adult of any age who would like to sing contemporary and popular songs, folk and world music. You don't need to read music or audition or pay lots of money in advance to join us. We are a not-for-profit community group, managed by volunteers and led from 2009-13 by professional musician Dominic Stichbury, and from January 2104 by professional musician Ben Crawley. Euphonix was established to offer an inclusive, affordable experience of the benefits of singing regularly with others: companionship, developing musicality and pure enjoyment... More information about our programme and our aims and philosophy can be found on the pages listed in the menu to the left. The FAQs section may answer any queries you have.
"It's very uplifting to sing, and good to meet new people." (Euphonix member, April 2009) "Euphonix is better than Prosac!" (Euphonix member, Jan 2013). See what other members say they get out of singing with Euphonix here.)
We always have a waiting list and prefer to welcome new members at the start of a Euphonix term (September, January and April/May) - please contact us using the form below to check availability of places, times, and term dates before coming to a rehearsal. Currently we have a very long, static waiting list and we recommend that singers try one of the other local choirs listed in our Classified Ads section rather than join our list and wait, possibly for years! However, if you would like to be kept informed of our August workshops which are open to all, please complete the form below and we will email you in advance. Please check the website from time to time for updates on membership opportunities.
We try to meet most weeks of the year, and normally run two rehearsal groups upstairs in the lovely Rose Theatre on Wednesday mornings, at 10.15 and 12.00. Both groups practise the same repertoire and perform together. We enjoy our long-term relationship with the Rose, where we began in 2009, as well as meeting up in their cafe, where we also give our end-of-term concerts; when we need to rehearse all together we usually go to the excellent, eco-friendly new Kingston Quaker Centre, and when we need a really big space we use Kingston Workmen's Club. Members will find exceptions to our normal schedule, e g, changes of venue, time or the occasional short break or special events such as our summer open workshops and concerts, on the website or in their termly schedules.
Euphonix comes from the same roots as
- Euphonia (pronunciation: yOO-fō'nē-u, -fōn'yu): any of several small birds of the genus Euphonia, which have a melodious song.
- Euphony: the quality of having a pleasing sound.
- Euphonic; Euphonious: pleasant-sounding.
We are very grateful for a small award from the Royal Borough of Kingston in April 2009 to help us start up and establish the choir securely and recruit members from hard-to-reach groups, and to the Rose Theatre which has offered us rehearsal space from our earliest days, as well as a convivial place to meet up before and after rehearsals.