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14 May 2019

UCL Staff Singing Club seeks new singers – no experience required!

UCL Staff Singing Club

We really encourage colleagues to join us and give it a try. You don't need any previous experience of singing in a choir – just enthusiasm. There’s no audition – everyone is welcome – and you don’t need to be able to read music. We had around 70 members last term from all across UCL and we'd love to get 100 singing this term. Singing is a wonderful stress-release mechanism, and contributes to wellbeing at work, as well as just being lots of fun. Last term we sang a range of classic pop songs (Ain’t no Sunshine, Happy Together, Time After Time) as well as some folk, jazz and country songs.

We will be singing again this term, on Tueday lunchtimes at 1pm, and meeting weekly with a break for half-term/reading week. If you would like to register for the singing club this term, please do so by completing the following doodle poll with your email address by Monday 20th May. For any queries, please contact Malika Barakat.

You should be able to commit to at least 7 of the 10 sessions and we will be asking for a donation of £40 to the Student Hardship Fund to encourage commitment and attendance.

The club will begin with new repertoire, and the sessions will be held as below:

DateTimeLocation
30 April1-2pmConference Room B, 2nd floor, The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH
14 May1-2pmConference Room B, 2nd floor, The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH
21 May1-2pmConference Room B, 2nd floor, The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH
5 June1-2pmConference Room B, 2nd floor, The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH
11 June1-2pmConference Room B, 2nd floor, The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH
18 June1-2pmConference Room B, 2nd floor, The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH
25 June1-2pmConference Room B, 2nd floor, The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH
2 July1-2pmConference Room B, 2nd floor, The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH
9 July1-2pmConference Room B, 2nd floor, The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH
16 July1-2pmThe UCL Student Centre, University College London, 27-28 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0AW

Here is what some of our Singing Club members have said about their experience of joining UCL Staff Singing Club

I have really enjoyed the last term, as always. It’s a great break away from the office and I always miss it when I can’t attend or there is a gap in sessions!" – Abi Roberston.
I have thoroughly enjoyed singing at the club with Gitika in the past few months. It is easy and fun to follow her dynamic way of conducting and teaching the choir. Body movements to go with the tunes and tempos of the songs are a highlight of my day at work which is a welcome break from the desktop tasks. The opportunity to sing with other UCL colleagues also help connect with people outside my immediate work environment. Apart from that, my singing techniques grow, as well as my confidence to sing and speak in the public." – Naomi Jiehua.
The Singing Club is just so much fun!  Gitika’s arrangements are wonderful and she is such an inspiration.  To be able to sing my heart out for an hour on Tuesday lunchtimes with a group of like-minded people is nothing less than joyous, and has had an immeasurable impact on my wellbeing.  In summary: I love it!” – Faith Hanstater.
The staff singing choir is great for your peace of mind, it gets you up out of your office chair, together with a group of people, singing old and new tunes! Even if you can’t sing, or the thought of singing brings back painful and/or distant childhood memories, Gitika’s enthusiasm and careful direction will have you humming along in no time." – Eliot Hoving