In 2003, MJ launched the Brighton City Singers followed by the South London Choir in 2006, and started a new choir in 2010, The West London Choir, with a combined vocal force of over 200 singers. The members are all ages and from all walks of life. The choral repertoire ranges from classical to gospel, musicals to swing, jazz, pop and new choral music.
The choirs rehearse every week throughout the whole year and continue to grow and accept commissions for songs and concerts from both private and public institutions.
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The choirs perform regularly at the Royal Festival Hall and for the last seven years at the Brighton Festival Fringe and in May 2011, gave a concert of new choral music, especially commissioned by MJ and sung by over 200 adult voices, in the beautiful church of St Bartholomew's in Brighton. This year's theme was 'I do like to be beside the seaside'.
In October and November 2010, MJ and the 3 choirs organised two charity concerts for the Pakistan Flood Victims, inviting the Pakistani community in both south London and Brighton to share their culture - food, music and history - and to raise money for support and aid. We raised over £5500 - a fantastic sum - donating it to the Pakistan Human Development Fund UK.
In May 2010, MJ created 'The Shimmy Sing!' as part of the Wandsworth Arts Festival. Seven local choirs, including The South London Choir, made Tooting come alive to the sound of song. Led by MJ, groups of singers delighted residents and shoppers by serenading them from various locations in the high street before all joining together for a lively choral performance. The highlight was 'Celebrate Community', a song composed especially by MJ for this event, commissioned by Wandsworth Arts. The choir also performed 'Celebrate Community' at The Shimmy! - a day of free and spectacular outdoor arts.
Throughout the years the choirs have sung for the blind and disabled, the elderly, long-term prisoners and the terminally ill. From 2006 - 2009, MJ's choirs raised over £7500 for Shelter and Anchor House the Samaritans, Martlets and Trinity Hospice, Royal London Society for the Blind, the children's charity Rockinghorse and Demelza Hospice for Children.
If you are interested in joining one of MJ's choirs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get straight back to you.