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Increasing our Artistry with Mo Field

We had an amazing, energizing coaching experience last night with Mo Field.  She and Julia worked with us to build our artistry and honesty in our performance.

Thanks Mo!  Together we made beautiful music and had quite a few good laughs in the process.

Thames Valley Show Chorus entertains the Christmas Crowd

We held a successful Christmas Show and Tea at Riverside United Church on Saturday December 3.  The audience enjoyed performances from the Chorus and 3 of our Quartets (Everyday People, Imagine That and Short & Sweet) and participated in a rousing Sing Song.  

Under the direction of Master Director Julia Beadle the favourite performances were the Chorus's new song Hallelujah and one of our favourite Greg arrangements of Mary Did You Know.  

The quartets each brought their own personalities to the Show through their song selections.

Our MC was Brock University Radio & Broadcast student Amanda Bullard.  Amanda is a daughter of one of our Chorus members.  She has helped us in years past with ticket sales, ushering and stage props. 

We've Moved!

The London Chorus began a new chapter in our history!  We have moved to Riverside United Church for our weekly rehearsals (451 Dunedin Dr, off of Riverside Dr just west of Wonderland Road).

Our new space is bright, big and has windows!  We are excited for our new space and after one rehearsal it already feels like home.

Come down and visit us any Wednesday from 7-9:30 pm.

Coaching Sessions to Start 2016 Off Right!

We've started the year off with 2 dynamite coaching sessions.  First our very own arranger Greg Backwell came to teach us a song.

Then Erin Howden came out to coach us on our Choreography and Performance.  

2 amazing nights!  2 amazing coaches!

Merry Christmas at My Sister's Place

On Christmas Eve a double quartet from the Chorus sang at a local women's shelter, My Sister's Place.  The beauty of the women at MSP came through their voices and enthusiasm during the sing-a-long.  This experience made all of our Christmas's just that much more special.   

Sold Out Christmas Tea!

The Thames Valley Show Chorus held 2 Christmas Shows on Saturday November 28.  The afternoon Tea was standing room only at the Polish Combantants Hall in London.  J.J. Freebird joined the Chorus and Quartets for a full evening of musics and festivities.

We celebrated recently retired member Agnes Male's 98 birthday during the Tea.  It was great to see many of our past members, friends and families at both our shows. Off Beat, Everyday People, Venture and Splice quartets entertained along with the Chorus.  It was exciting for our new members to perform with us for their first time as well.  Can't wait for next year!!

The Bosom Barbershoppers at the Run for the Cure

A group from the Chorus became the "Bosom Barbershoppers" supporting the CIBC Run for the Cure.  The team raised funds for the Run which in total saw 2,200 participants who raised over $415,000 for the fight against breast cancer. 

The day was wet and cool, but our spirits were high as we walked or ran the 5km and 1km routes.  We were especially pleased to have 2 survivors on our team.

Happy 97th Birthday!

We celebrated our eldest member's 97th birthday this past week.  Agnes is an inspiration to us all.  Week after week she is up on the risers singing, dancing and laughing with us all.  Any night you feel a little tired, just take a look at Agnes and you are up and running again.

We had a little cupcake party for her before our guests arrived at our Show on Saturday.


For fun, here is a picture of our oldest and youngest members on Show day:

Old Blue Eyes at rehearsal

We are so excited about our Show this coming weekend.  After a great full dress rehearsal last Saturday the Chorus is ready to entertain our guests and celebrate our 60th Anniversary.


We've got some extra special guest performers, including old Blue Eyes himself!

Out of the Cold Performance

We had a great performance at the Out of the Cold Benefit concert on Saturday Oct 25.  The Out of the Cold program feeds over 150 hungry people each week.  It is run out of the Dundas St Center United Church and is funded totally by private donations and proceeds from this annual event.  A portion of our Chorus shared the stage with the Dundas St Music Scholars, the Medway SS Jazz Band and Forest City Fire Mens barbershop chorus.  The evening was a great success and we received many compliments at the post-show reception.

This performance marked the director debut of our Assistant Director Anne Marie Campbell.