About us

Who We Are

The choir was set up in February 2010 in Walthamstow Central. It has since gone from strength to strength and has expanded to its current membership of about 60 friendly, amateur singers. We regularly take part in concerts, performances and events throughout Waltham Forest.

We are a self-funded group, with a committee elected by members, and the group is open to anyone living or working in the proximity of the Borough of Waltham Forest. Previous singing or musical experience is not required.

We believe that singing is a simple pleasure of life that should – and can – be accessible to anyone. With this in mind we are a non-auditioning group who welcomes everyone who is interested to join us. Weekly rehearsals aim to introduce various singing and musical tips in a jargon-free and accessible approach. Singing promotes physical and mental health and helps develop social bonds but most of all we meet every Monday because it’s just plain fun!

Choir performing at The Village pub, Orford Road July 2014

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Our Musical Director

Our Musical Director is James Naylor. Born in North Wales, James moved to London after graduating from the University of Birmingham wth a Master's in choral conducting, where he studied under the likes of Simon Halsey and Simon Carrington. James strongly believes that singing should be a pleasure enjoyed by everyone.

Our Accompanist / Assistant Director

Our accompanist Michael Bates obtained his music degree from the London College of Music. He has since been teaching both in schools and privately, gigging and being Musical Director for local musical and operatic societies.


The choir has four sections: soprano, alto, tenor and bass and we sing a variety of music in unison or 2, 3 or 4 parts.

Our musical repertoire is diverse, including pieces of classical, traditional, folk and popular styles and in a variety of languages to reflect the array of local communities. Members are encouraged to suggest songs the group may want to sing. A summary of our current repertoire pieces is available here.