Although the choir has stopped all physical rehearsals in line with government regulations, we are continuing to hold regular online sessions to enable us to keep singing. If anyone is interested in joining our online singing community, please get in touch using the contact form.
If a choir is only about singing and performing - there will be no choir for a while. If choir is about teaching and learning, growing, connecting, community, cultural exploration and transmission, and innovating - we will find a way to have choir.
Kellie Walsh - President of Choral Canada
Virtual rehearsals will never be the same as ‘in-person’ rehearsals but they can provide a way for us to sing together and sustain our choral community in lieu of physical connection.
The benefits of virtual rehearsals for the singers are:
Being able to perform together allows us to make memories, show our skills, share our love of singing with others and raise money for charity. This was historically achieved by physical concerts but was also achieved virtually in May 2020 by those who took part in the 2.6 Challenge ‘Singing as One’ for Parkinson’s UK. The Challenge brought singers from four different groups together, something which would not have been contemplated or considered before our current Covid-19 Pandemic.
Moving forward we shall have to accept that, for a while, ‘rehearsals’ will be different but that we can still sing and gain the benefits of singing.
Established in April 2009 and based in Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, the Grand Union Community Choir is a non-audition, all embracing choir in which any adult who wants to sing is welcomed and valued. Singers do not have to be able to read music or have any prior musical experience. We work as a supportive team, developing musical skills, whilst having fun as we learn and challenge ourselves.
We sing a mixed repertoire including world music, music theatre, folk, popular and contemporary classical. We enjoy sharing performance platforms with ABC Big Band, Heath Band, Luton Concert Orchestra and Leighton-Linslade Gala Orchestra, raising money for local and national charities, as well as singing on our own. Participation in performances is optional. Our key aims are for people to find their voices, feel good, meet new friends, laugh, learn and sing. Worrying is not allowed!
The choir is directed by Susan Cox an experienced vocal leader and teacher who enjoys working with singers of all ages. Accompaniment is provided by John Wearmouth, a gifted organist, pianist and choir director in his own right.
Join us from the comfort of your own homes for our annual Christmas Concert with The Heath Band. The concert will be streamed live from Leighton Buzzard on Saturday 5th December at 7.00pm and will raise money for local charities who have been affected by the current Covid-19 pandemic. Tickets are free; an optional donation is requested. To book your ticket and/or make a donation please visit our booking page on the TryBooking website, or use the button below.
To comply with the current Government regulations regarding Social Distancing, our 2020 Spring Concert has been cancelled. We will perform for you again once regulations allow. Please watch this space for further announcements.
An amazing 91 Singers from Grand Union Community Choir, Songbirds, Flitwick Singers and Tring U3A 'Singing for Fun' proudly sang together on Sunday May 24th as part of a 2.6 Challenge 'Singing as One' to raise money for Parkinson's UK.
We performed our own 'virtual' marathon, warming up then singing 26 pieces, one for each letter of the alphabet, commencing with 'A Little Bit Of Love' written especially for the 2.6 Challenge by Graham Kendrick and arranged by Craig McLeish
Everyone who took part sang with joy, encouraging each other with their smiles to 'keep singing'. We crossed our finishing line after an hour and 15 minutes, vocally tired but happy, having sung our hearts out!
Our thoughts remain with those known to us who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's and with all those working hard to find treatments and hopefully a cure.
Thank you, once again, for your support.
The Christmas Concert with The Heath Band, the choir's last event in its 10th Anniversary year, was held on Saturday 7th December 2019 at Hockliffe Street Baptist Church, Leighton Buzzard. The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by both choir and audience. The choir raised a further £638.95 for both of our chosen charities, Home-Start Central Bedfordshire and Leighton Buzzard Mencap, bringing the total raised for each charity this year to £2,890.20. Thank you to all the choir members and our supporters for helping us to achieve this.
A concert staged by the Luton Concert Orchestra with guests 'The Grand Union Community Choir' on Saturday 5th October, 2019 at the Methodist Church, The Square, Dunstable.
The Choir's 10th Anniversary Concert was held at St Barnabas, Linslade on Saturday 18th May, 2019. The concert, which featured songs chosen from across the choir's ten years, was held in support of Home-Start Central Bedfordshire and Mencap Leighton Buzzard. The concert raised £3446.00, which was split between the two charities
The choir joined the Leighton Linslade Gala Orchestra in a concert on Saturday 9th March, 2019 at All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard. The programme included the Choral Suite from The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins and favourites from Last Night of the Proms. The concert raised over £5,000.00 for Citizens Advice Leighton Linslade
Thank you to all who supported our joint concert with the Heath Band on Saturday 1st December. The choir raised £400.00 which is being split equally between Mencap and Homestart.
On Sunday 11th November, members of the Grand Union Community Choir joined a choir of 214 international singers in Carnegie Hall, New York in a concert to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War 1, presented by Distinguished Concerts International (DCINY). The concert featured specially commissioned works by Philip Hawes and Paul Mealor. More information about the concert can be found on the DCINY website.
Saturday 10th November. Members of the choir sang Christmas songs and got some amazing Christmas gifts at the Cedars Craft Fair.
Thank you for your support on Saturday 24th February for the concert with the Leighton-Linslade Gala Orchestra. The concert which was at All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard raised over £4,700.00 for Citizens Advice Leighton-Linslade.
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