For the time being Hackney Song Works keeps singing on zoom, join us! £4 per session. 2020 autumn dates to be confirmed.
FREE taster session for newcomers
Where? normally: The Methodist Church on 132 A Green Lanes N16 9BN
NOW? on zoom @ £4 per session
When? Tuesdays 7.45-9.15pm
Hopefully back soon in person!
How much normally? £9 /£7 concessions per session. Pay upfront on the first session and you get 12 sessions for the price of 10. Or pay upfront per half term (5 sessions before and 7 sessions after half term). Newcomers, the first session is free! Phone Martina for more details on 07940572648 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Martina is an associated member of NVPN, Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network, and believes that singing is everybody’s birthright. One of her songs, “The Evening Light”, features in their recent compilation This Room Sings. Martina’s choral compositions have also been performed at festivals such as The Totally Thames Festival (Sing for Water) and The Big Data Sing (UCL) and in performances with the London Bubble Theatre and the new factory of the eccentric actor.
She has been a regular at Unicorn voice camp for over a decade where she leads singing and the circle dance band. She has led bands and singing groups in theatre/dance and community projects and is currently running Hackney Song Works, a community choir in North London, Stoke Newington, on Tuesday nights.
We regularly get involved in bigger events like “Sing for Water” and have been part of theatre productions in Conway Hall, the Grant Museum and most recently at the Barbican (see below).
Hackney Song Works will be again involved in Sing for Water, part of the Totally Thames Festival on 13th September 2020. This year the event will take place online.
The choir enjoys singing juicy harmonies, funky rounds with foot-tapping rhythms, a repertoire, drawing on a broad range of World Music as well as Martina’s own arrangements and compositions:
Songs about seasons, songs about trees.
Songs about love, freedom, and peace
From as far as Lapland and the Black Sea
to Africa, France, and Germany
Songs for the heart, songs for the soul
Instrumentals and solos
you can rock, you can roll!
Most songs are sung a cappella, but occasionally Martina accompanies the singing with her accordion. Everybody is welcome to join this friendly community choir, all you need is a desire to sing!
What we’ve been up to so far:
“MEMORIAL” Brink Productions
UK premiere, The Barbican, 27-30th Sept 2018
The atrocities of war never cease to haunt, and Alice Oswald’s 2011 poem Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad is one of the more powerful recent meditations on the theme of battle.
Now Oswald’s verse has been adapted for the stage by Australian company Brink Productions, which is bringing the show to the Barbican for its UK premiere between 27 and 30 September 2018. Featuring a score by Jocelyn Pook, the production boasts a community chorus of the same size made up of local choirs including Song Works Choir Hackney.
Read More: The Citizen talks to Martina Schwarz of Song Works about the production
Martina also leads residential singing workshops such as The Wonderful Beast Singers, an enthusiastic amateur choir, culminating in a performance at the Old Walpole Chapel in Suffolk.
“What a privilege and a joy that was.Martina was pure magic… “(participant’s comment)
Below: Hackney Song Works performing in Abney Park Cemetery
The choir enjoys performing in casual settings like the Farmer’s market, other local events, e.g. the Abney Park open day (above) or end of term concerts for friends and family and every so often in bigger events like “Sing for Water”, below, or in more theatrical settings, for example “Memorial“ (27.-30.9.18).
In 2016 she was thrilled to hear her arrangement of the Russian folk song “Vozle” sung by over 500 singers.
Vozle-Ryetshki Listen to Martina’s choir arrangement of this Russian song:
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Email or phone Martina if you have any questions: 07940 572648 email@example.com
Below: Hackney Song Works Community Choir at Abney Park Chapel, December 2017,
led by Martina Schwarz
Donations were given to North London Action for the Homeless
BIG DATA SING / UCL Culture – Music by Martina Schwarz
Martina was commissioned to write a cycle of songs for this interactive and innovative event, performed by a scratch choir at the Grant museum. Songs include ‘Big Data’, ‘Love Bytes’ and ‘Stored up in a cloud’
Produced in partnership with UCL Grand Challenges programme: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/grand-challenges
Grant Museum of Zoology, 21 University St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6DE
Music composed by Martina Schwarz
Conceived by Helen Pike and Dean Veall
Images: UCL Culture
Commissioned by UCL
Big Data Scratch Choir:
Helen Pike, Jo Howcroft, Joanna Foster, Jane Wymark, Marie Lawrence, Heather Coomb, Ruby Wright, Emma Parsons, Beatrice Pemberton, Maria Ragan, and Stephen D Fletcher. Conducted by Martina Schwarz