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The Times highlights the joys of singing in a choir, Euphonix August open workshops are going well (see our Calendar for details), and we have a place to sing in Kingston Carnival on Sunday 3rd September.
Our end-of-term concert on 17th July raised £139.15 for WaterAid, and you can hear some of the songs we sang at https://e-voice.org.uk/euphonix/assets/audio/summer-2017-concert
Euphonix featured in the opening section Jo Cox tribute concert in All Saints Kingston on Saturday 17th June, a memorable occasion, masterminded by John Elsom of Kingston Welcomes, which raised £1000 for the Jo Cox Foundation. You can hear the specially written poem and song at phttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzIgMoWPttU&feature=youtu.be, see pictures of the entire evening at https://www.facebook.com/george.venus/media_set? set=a.1222073861255384.1073742056.100003583444333&type=3 and https://we.tl/Irq7R2YbVH, and see a selection of photos of Euphonix at the concert on our website at https://e-voice.org.uk/euphonix/photos/album?album_id=30304155. The video of the Jo Cox concert is being gradually published on YouTube - our bit is viewable at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6SMcpU24nk&feature=youtu.be.
April - our end-of-term concert, in aid of local charity for very ill children and their families Momentum, raised £143.39 - read the thank you letter from Momentum which describes some of their current work. You can listen to the songs we sang at http://e-voice.org.uk/euphonix/assets/audio/end-of-term-concert-april-201, thanks to Mark and Teresa Harrison, and there are some photos at http://e-voice.org.uk/euphonix/photos/album?album_id=28664001&page=2.
February - Valentines Day
Listen to Euphonix performing a selection of love songs in the Rose Theatre cafe for Love Kingston Day at http://e-voice.org.uk/euphonix/assets/audio/love-kingston-audio (with thanks to Mark Harrison for the recordings) and see some photos in our Photo Album at http://e-voice.org.uk/euphonix/photos/album?album_id=28664001.
July - August
Euphonix sang at Ham House on Sunday 17th July, performed an end-of term concert which raised £141.50 for WaterAid in the Rose Cafe on Wednesday 20th July, entertained the cyclists and spectators in central Kingston for the Prudential cycle race on the morning of Suday 31st July, and is running a series on one-off open workshops on Wednesday mornings thoughout August - see our Calendar for details.
Euphonix and Ben helping refugees: at the end of August our Musical Director Ben will be spending a week at Calais, leading singing workshop with refugees and helping in the camp. Euphonix members have donated generously to help Ben to get there, and he will also be taking things needed at the camp and donated by our members.
A first for Euphonix, though something like this has been on our to-do list for a while, was singing to the elderly residents of Blenheim Lodge in Surbiton on June 29th. Thank you to the members of the choir who went along after rehearsal to entertain the residents (and staff) - it was much appreciated. This is what Amber, the activities organiser at Blenheim Lodge, had to say: “Thank you all so much for most beautiful afternoon with the music from your choir. We entirely enjoyed it and loved the small singing lesson with singalong experience..."
Euphonix collected £95.56 for local charity Momentum at our spring concert in the Rose cafe on 16th. Momentum supports very sick children and their families from all over Surrey and South West London for as long as needed.
Currently, we raise funds for local charities in our spring term, for international charity WaterAid in the summer, and for national homelessness charity Crisis at Christmas, as well as joining in other fundraising activities when we can.
Euphonix sang for Love Kingston on Sunday 14th - see the pictures in our Photo Album , the Surrey Comet story and photo, and hear a tiny snippet at http://e-voice.org.uk/euphonix/assets/video/love-kingston-snippet-14th-fe. We raised £174.14, and Love Kingston thanked us for our "beautiful singing and the generosity of all who came to listen"... The Mayor of Kingston and Mayoress were also very complimentary.
We also celebrated 7 successful years of singing at our AGM and birthday party on 17th February.
Our former MD Dominic appeared on ITV news on 23/2, with lots of good things to say about community choirs - watch at https://www.facebook.com/ITVLondon/videos/10153388754737944/.
Seasonal singing and raising money for charities, December 2015
There were plenty of opportunities to support a range of good causes while enjoying some seasonal songs this December (Euphonix performances at this time of year are usually a mix of traditional carols, some popular Christmas songs, and a few old favourites and surprises). On the evening of Monday 14th Euphonix participated in the Rose Theatre’s annual fundraiser Christmas Concert and their final performance before a well-earned Christmas break was in All Saints Christmas Tree Festival on the evening of 18th December, helping the church to raise money for 12 charities.
Also in December Euphonix raised £170.24 for Crisis at our end-of-term concert and carol-singing in the town centre, helped the Stroke Association to raise £4722.09 at Waterloo Station (pictured on the left) and the Marie Curie cancer charity to raise £1331.31 during their fund-raising day in Eden Walk, Kingston - both charities were very complimentary about our singing and grateful for our contributions to the their fund-raising days.
See our December 2015 photo album for lots of photos of us in action. In December, too, Euphonix "bought" a seat in the Rose auditorium (our second, this one in the stalls) as a token of our gratitude for the Rose's long-term support for our community choir.
Dominic in the news
Our former Musical Director Dominic Stichbury features in The Independent in an item about the well-being created by singing in a group, 10/12/15.
Singing at the Surrey100 on Sunday 2nd August, 2015: Euphonix had fun serenading the cyclists and entertaining onlookers with short bursts of song around the town centre, beginning at 8.30 am in Kingston Market Place for the start of the hand-cycling race. The after a short warm-up on Clarence Street, we sang by Kingston Station and Kingston Bridge with cyclists whizzing by, some of them waving cheerily to us. We had a warm thank you from the organiser at Kingstonfirst who said we sounded "beautiful", so thank you to Ben and the early birds who came along. Pictures here.
Euphonix raised £250 for Water Aid at our summer concert and busking in the Bentalls Centre and Clarence Street on 15th July 2015. There are some photos at http://e-voice.org.uk/euphonix/photos/album?album_id=20445909 and some videos at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9qppcCwcNw&feature=youtu.be and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykIuYdLUHIs&feature=youtu.be.
£253.45 for local charity Momentum!
At our end-of-term concert on April 1st, Euphonix raised an impressive £253.45 for local charity Momentum (possibly a record amount raised from one Euphonix performance!) So well done, Ben and our singers, and thank you to our very generous audience at lunchtime on the 1st and to the Rose cafe for giving us the performance space and this opportunity to help a small but very worthwhile cause. You can hear a recording of the concert at https://www.mixcloud.com/Euphonix/. Momentum is a registered charity, established in 2004, which aims to help children undergoing treatment for cancer and life-limiting conditions and their families, in Surrey and South West London - you can read more about it at http://www.moment-um.org/
Euphonix sang for Love Kingston once again on Saturday 14th February 2015 in the Rose Theatre cafe at midday - you can hear a recording of the concert at https://www.mixcloud.com/Euphonix/ - and then flash-mobbed with the help of about 50 guest singers in the Bentalls Centre - see the video (the flash-mob is about half-way in) on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KSifFaaI9g&feature=youtu.be.
Seasonal singing for good causes, December 2014 - see http://e-voice.org.uk/euphonix/seasonal-singing-this-december/. Euphonix raised £290.97 in our three performances for Crisis; and our perfomances contributed towards the grand total for the day of £4,415.41 for the Stroke Association at Waterloo and the £1,814.24 raised by Marie Curie Cancer Care on December 20th. You can see pictures of Euphonix performing in December 2014 at http://e-voice.org.uk/euphonix/photos/album?album_id=17490247 and a nice video of our end of term "wassailing" in the Rose Cafe on the Rose Theatre Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=822482957793650.
Summer songs for Water Aid, July 2014
Big thank you from Marie Curie Cancer Care: "Having waited quite some time for our Daffodil Day Collections to be counted I am pleased to inform you that the Kingston collection on Saturday 15th March raised an amazing £3,076.73! It was a fantastic day filled with very generous people, beautiful weather and even more beautiful singing. Thank you so much for your support and please do pass my thanks to all the wonderful singers who volunteered their time on the day. Euphonix were a great addition to the line-up..."
February 2014: Euphonix & Friends sing for Love Kingston Day
See the report and picture in the Surrey Comet of Jan 17th at http://e-voice.org.uk/euphonix/assets/images/euphonix-in-surrey-comet-jan or the Guardian at http://www.kingstonguardian.co.uk/news/10956375.All_You_Need_Is_Love_Kingston_Day___choir_gets_ready_for_fundraising_performance_at_Rose_Theatre/and February 14th on our Calendar for details. And here we are in the Love Kingston Day video - http://youtu.be/A2MvpCoXfM8 . Thank you from Love Kingston to all who contributed:
|“We would like to congratulate everyone who came out to share their love for their community on Love Kingston Day. What great fun, and what a phenomenal achievement. We appreciate the efforts of everyone who got involved, and the generosity of those who donated. On behalf of all the local residents for whom this donation will make a huge difference Love Kingston would like to say a huge THANK YOU.
There were so many fun fundraising events that took place all over the borough and we are delighted to announce that together we raised is £35,019. With half of donations going to the Kingston Legacy Fund (with 50% match funding) the total amount raised increases to £43,672
Our aim for Love Kingston Day 14th February 2015 is to exceed £100,000. If everyone helps to promote the day, puts the date in their diary now, and pledges support, then as a community this is something we can achieve” - Elaine Miller, Fundraising Manager
2013 and earlier
November-December 2013: Euphonix out and about raising money for charity
- carol-singing for LoveKingston at Surbiton Station and for Crisis at Christmas at Kew Gardens, and our end-of-term concert on December 18th (we raised £274.22 for Crisis at these 2 concerts) There are some photos of Euphonix at Surbiton and Kew at http://e-voice.org.uk/euphonix/photos/album?album_id=13181676, including some with the Mayor of Richmond.
November 2013: Euphonix has appointed a new Musical Director, Ben Crawley, who has led our rehearsals a couple of times - and we look forward to singing with him from January. Our current Musical Director, Dominic Stichbury, who has been with us since our start almost 5 years ago, is moving on in December, so our end-of-term lunchtime concert in the Rose Cafe on December 18th will be a farewell to Dominic and a celebration of some of our favourite songs out of the many he has taught us.
July 2013: Euphonix raises £576.28 for charities: £78.26 for Water Aid at our end-of-term concert in the Rose Theatre Cafe, and £250 each to All Saints Kingston appeal and Love Kingston, the donation from Charter Quay Residents for our performance there on July 12th, which we passed on to our two favourite local charities. Well done, singers, and our Musical Director Dominic!
May 2013: Founding member and chair of Euphonix Choir Marilyn Mason is nominated as a local Unsung Hero in the Surrey Comet. Euphonix is one of the many community projects that Marilyn is involved with.
May 2013: Euphonix sang in the sunshine in the South Bank Centre's Chorus festival on Bank Holiday Monday - photos at http://e-voice.org.uk/euphonix/photos/album?album_id=10683446
April 2013: Euphonix raised £107 for the local charity Love Kingston in our postponed end-of-term concert. We sang mainly acappella and many of the audience thought it was our best concert ever! Elaine Miller, Fundraising Manager, Love Kingston, sent her thanks: "We are so grateful to everyone at Euphonix for your support. Please pass on our best wishes to the choir." She also posted a nice photo and comment ("They were absolutely amazing...") on the Love Kingston Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/LoveKingstonDay - so do have a look and "Like"! In May Love Kingston awarded its first grants of £2,470 each to the five local projects it supports - Hestia, KCAH, Kingston Foodbank, Kingston Savers, and Oxygen.
December 2012: Euphonix sang a range of Christmas songs in All Saints, the Rose Cafe, the Rose Theatre, John Lewis and on Waterloo station for a variety of good causes: Crisis (for which we raised £165), All Saints, the Rose, and the Stroke Association. See photographs, taken by friends and family members, of some of our performances at http://e-voice.org.uk/euphonix/photos/album?album_id=9236731.
October 2012 - regretfully we are having to close our waiting list for the time being, unless there are exceptional circumstances to justify admitting a new member. We have outgrown most of our regular rehearsal spaces and are in danger of becoming too big to manage. Please have a look at the other choirs listed in our "Classified Ads" and try one of them rather than waiting for what could be a long time to join us.
WaterAid thanks Euphonix for raising £102.06 at our end-of-term concert in the Rose cafe in July 2012 and the Rose Theatre thanked us for our donation and will be installing a plaque on the Euphonix seatin due course.
Dominic in the Telegraph: "Sing out, sister", on the joys of singing in a choir was written by one of Dominic's choir members and appeared in the Sunday Telegraph magazine in August 2012. "Dom" and the titles of some songs that Euphonix members will recognise feature briefly - see a pdf of the complete article at http://e-voice.org.uk/euphonix/assets/other/sunday-telegraph-magazine-aug.
Regretfully, Euphonix had to withdraw from Norbiton early in 2012. Euphonix 3 was not growing as fast as we anticipated, was not really attracting a sufficient proportion of members from the Norbiton neighbourhood, and was not likely to pay its way. The good news was that we accommodated all the members of Euphonix 3 who could manage it into our two Wednesday morning rehearsal groups, where they are proving a great asset.
Euphonix Christmas concerts 2011 were both fundraisers - in All Saints Kingston for their building appeal, and for the first time, on the Rose stage in December in a Christmas concert for the Rose Theatre - both very enjoyable events in lovely venues.
Festival of the Voice returns to Kingston in November - and Euphonix is participating. See http://www.kac.org.uk/ for details of the Festival, and the Euphonix calendar for details of this and other Euphonix events this autumn.
Landirani Trust thanks Euphonix or our fundraiser concert in July 2011- see http://landirani.org/pdfs/newsletters/Newsletter_issue_11.pdf
Euphonix perform three times in July: in the Rose Culture Cafe at midday on 6th July, in Kingston Market Place at 11.50am on 10th July (during a day of singing in the International Youth Arts Festival) and in a fundraiser at All Saints Church in Kingston Market Place at midday on 13th July. Listen to 2 songs from the Rose Culture Cafe concert at http://e-voice.org.uk/euphonix/assets/audio/euphonix-summer-concert-2011.
Euphonix at May Merrie, 2/5/11
Euphonix sang three songs to bemused (and amused) riverside coffee-drinkers and passers-by as part of Kingston's May Merrie celebrations, before entertaining craft fair customers and stall holders in All Saints' Church. There are some very short videos of our outdoor and All Saints performances at http://www.youtube.com/user/marilynjmason, and photos in our Photo Album at http://www.e-voice.org.uk/euphonix/photos/album?album_id=5623558.
Surbiton Escalator Choral Society's first outing in the Bentalls Centre on January 27, 2011 - with some of Euphonix joining in. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s4kmZUkNYI.
Euphonix Christmas concert 2010 - see flier here.
December 4, 2010, Euphonix sings at fund-raising concert for the ASK appeal in All Saints Church, Kingston. The very varied concert of songs from 5 choirs raised over £1000 for the All Saints development.
Euphonix to sing at Ham House 400th birthday party - see March choirs newsletter for details.
Euphonix sings at Kingston Inter-Faith Concert, 15 November 2009 - photos here.
Euphonix opens its doors again, October 2009
Well done, Euphonix! Euphonix sings at Kingston Carnival, September 2009. Photos here and here.
Dominic performs with The Few at the Royal Festival Hall, August 16, 1.30pm.
June 09: Euphonix - full to bursting!
In April 09 Euphonix celebrates...getting a small grant from Kingston Council, and a successful first term with a short concert. See the press release here and photos here.
Euphonix launch, February 18 2009: Euphonix starts singing at the Rose Theatre café on Wednesday 18th February. Read the January press release announcing Euphonix launch here.