Women's choir The Merry Poppins
The name of our female choir in Amsterdam is of course a wink to my favorite musical movie - I must have watched it at least a dozen times. It keeps inspiring my love for singing.
Concert Café Belcampo
In November 2018, we performed in Café Belcampo, in a joint brunch concert with Hebrew Groove. We performed Matchmaker, Edelweiss, Goodmorning Starshine and Salve Regina.
We sing (mostly new) arrangements of key songs of classic musicals such as Hair, Sister Act and - as you can hear in the recording below - Fiddler on the roof. We performed this song - Matchmaker - at Q Factory, on June 2018. Pretty cool, I daresay, considering that at the time we had only rehearsed for about 2 months.
The perks of being a Poppin
Why is being a Merry Poppin the best thing ever? Being a part of The Merry Poppins will give you:
- Weekly rehearsals of two hours with a group of dedicated singers from all over the world. You learn about vocal technique and blending in a group
- Two concerts a year (at least)
- A private singing lesson with me which will improve you as a (choir) singer
- New arrangements of classic musical songs that I wrote especially for this choir (such as in the video below: I recorded and dubbed my own voice for soprano, mezzo and alto)
Our bad-ass work ethic
We are an amateur choir but dedicated to making this a great vocal ensemble. You don't have to have a lot of singing experience to join. As long as you are dedicated to learn and put in the effort. It's hard work but a lot of fun! As Mary Poppins sang:
Schedule rehearsals 2019
Rehearsals are on Sundays, 16.00 - 18.00 h, at my place: SingWell Studio. Stephensonstraat 16p, Amsterdam-Oost (see contact details).
- Sunday January 13th
- Sunday January 20th
- Saturday February 3d
- Sunday February 10th
- Sunday February 17th
- Sunday February 24th
- Sunday March 3d
- Sunday March 10th
- Sunday March 17th
- Sunday March 24th
- Sunday March 31st
- (2019 spring dates yet to be determined)
The membership fee is for a whole season, for we will aim to get some results by the end concert. The payment will be 350 euros (including 21% VAT) for the season (September-July). It covers my fee as arranger/director/organiser and costs for promotion, social media promotion of concerts and member acquisition, fees for rehearsal and/or concert space.
NB: if you enter the year at a later stage, you get a discount.