Building Communities

Here at Forest Voices, we are well into 2018 and back to singing with gusto.

We are proud to be a community choir, and in this capacity, we have been invited to perform at Newham’s Community Builders event at Stratford Town Hall this evening.

It might be halfterm, but the music goes on! Along with members of NewYVC, we will debut our version of this musical theatre gem – press play and enjoy!

In other news, we’re busy composing an original song to perform as part of the Journey to Justice project…updates will follow.


A New Year of Singing Beckons…

As we prepare to welcome 2018, Forest Voices can look back on another successful, music-filled year. We go from strength to strength, welcoming new members and adding more gorgeous pieces to our repertoire as we go.

If you are thinking of New Years Resolutions, resolve to improve your well-being with 90+ minutes of therapy a week…also known as our rehearsal/ session every Thursday. Come along and feel the benefits! Just look at the faces in the photos of our festive endeavours – proof (if any were needed) of the joy communal singing brings.




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Festive Fundraising

IMG-20171215-WA0000We’ve had a busy time recently,  both bringing our community singing sessions to a close and performing various festive duties…..

An undoubted highlight of the year, though, is our annual charity pub crawl. We are hosted eh route by several local hostelries – The Forest Tavern, Fox and Hounds, Holly Tree and tire Golden Fleece – and hopefully manage to persuade revellers to part with a few coins for a good cause.

This year, we have raised just short of £280, in aid of two such causes – a small charity working to raise disability awareness in developing countries, and a Ghanaian village school in need of a new roof. We’ll done, everyone!

We can now relax for a couple of weeks to enjoy the holidays, but already look forward to a new year of joyful singing. If you’re making New Year’s resolutions, you could do worse than resolve to join – your health and well-being will benefit enormously. New members always welcome!


Forthcoming Engagements

We have a very busy diary as the Festive season approaches – but we start with the culmination of our community sessions at Stratford and Forest Gate libraries.

We have two ‘informances’, sharing the pieces we have learned together –

Wednesday 22nd. November at The Gate, 6-7.30 pm.

Friday 1St. December at Stratford Library, 6-7.30.

A warm welcome is extended to all, participation will be encouraged and light refreshments made available.

More dates of festive celebration to follow, but in the meantime, heres a taster – we’re currently busy getting our tongues round several languages for this –

Extra-curricular activities….

Screenshot_2017-10-03-12-02-59_1Exciting times here at Forest Voices – we’re branching out!

In association with LBNewham, we are hosting some community singing evenings at Stratford Library and The Gate.

These will begin with a session at The Gate on Weds 11th. Oct, and at Stratford Library on Fri 20th. Oct. Venues will alternate each week thereafter (details above). Its also made the Newham magazine!


Come along for some musical relaxation with a friendly vibe –  you can look forward to learning a mixed repertoire of pieces, including those in the links below. All welcome, no experience required.

A New Term

Forest Voices returned to sing this week, after our long Summer break.

We welcomed back our existing members, and were delighted to see new faces too!

Jane has clearly been busy, and we wasted no time getting started on our new repertoire (see links below).

These are already sounding gorgeous, but don’t take our word for it – come along and find out for yourselves. New members are welcome at any time!

Return to the Southbank….

Our term may have ended, but we’re still singing!

On Tuesday 18th July, we will join with young voices gathered at the Southbank Centre, for ‘Peace in Every Voice’. As part of a lovely varied programme, we (along with other choirs in the audience) will join the performers for the first and last pieces of the evening.

Tickets are still available, details on the link below.

Singing at the Southbank

We are delighted to have been given a slot to perform at this year’s Chorus Festival.

It takes place this weekend, and features workshops, interactive displays and lots of different choirs to enjoy.

We are performing at 3.45 on the Sunday (July 2nd.), on the Mandela stage. In the shadow of his statue, we will present a varied programme from gospel to contemporary indie tunes, via a few African nods to Nelson. Details of the festival are in the link below.

Exciting stuff – break a leg, everyone :)!

Festival trailer –