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CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Come to the Emerald Christmas Concert next Sunday 3rd December at St Mark’s Church, Woodcote Road, Purley at 6pm to hear the choirs, flexiband and some fantastic soloists. Tickets available on the door – £6 adults (children free).                

FESTIVAL SUCCESS

It’s that time of the year again! Emerald Choir were awarded the National Artillery Lodge Prize of £100 for its performance at the Choral competition on Friday at the Sutton Music Festival and Clock House Choir gave a great performance at the Beckenham Festival yesterday. Congratulations to everyone involved!        

AUTUMN TERM 2017

The new term begins 9th September for Emerald Purley, 11th September for Clock House Choir and 13th September for Osiris.  This term the choirs will be taking part in the Sutton Music Festival and the Beckenham Festival in November. Our Christmas Concert will be at St Marks, Woodcote on Sunday 3rd December at 6pm.

MUSIC WEEK 21-25 August 2017

Emerald Music Week 2017 is taking place 21-25 August 10am – 4pm at Laleham Lea School. It is a fun music activity course designed for young singers and instrumentalists of all standards aged 7-18. Places are filling fast. Email clare@emeraldmusic.org to book a place on the course. The week culminates with a concert on Friday 25 […]

BECKENHAM FESTIVAL DISTINCTION FOR CLOCK HOUSE CHOIR

The Clock House Choir performed beautifully at the Beckenham Festival on 26 November. They were awarded a Distinction and a bronze medal for their lively rendition of Naughty from Matilda, O come all you children and Rollerghoster.

SUCCESS AT THE SUTTON MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016

18th November 2016 was a great night for Emerald at the Sutton Music Festival. The Osiris Ensemble were awarded ‘Outstanding’ and came away with the Borough Challenge Shield, the Senior Challenge Shield, a first place gold medal and some fantastic comments. Emerald Chamber Choir won their class too with ‘Distinction’ and were awarded the Intermediate […]

HALLOWEEN AT CLOCK HOUSE CHOIR

The Clock House Choir had a spooktastic rehearsal this Halloween. Lots of friends came along and joined in the singing. The children sang a selection of songs including Rollerghoster, Haunted Hill, The ghost of John, The Addams Family and many more…  

TIMETABLE CHANGES

From 10th September at Emerald Purley, there will be some timetable changes. Flexiband will be 9.30-10.30am, Theory Class 10.30-11.30am, then Emerald Chorus will be 12-1pm and Chamber Choir 2-3pm. Clock House Choir starts back 4-5pm on 12th September and Osiris 7.30-9.30pm on 14th September.

FLEXIBAND WINS THE CUP

The Emerald Flexiband took part in the 2016 Croydon Performing Arts Festival and were honoured to be awarded ‘Distinction’ and the Richard Gilbert Cup for their performance of West Side Story.  

CHAMBER CHOIR WINS SHIELD FOR FIFTH TIME!

Emerald Chamber Choir won the Intermediate Challenge Shield at the 2015 Sutton Music Festival. They were awarded for a ‘Distinction’ level performance. This is the fifth time that the Emerald Chamber Choir have won this shield over the years! Their programme included ‘Senwa Dedende’  - Ghana Trad., ‘Stocking and Shirt’ – Alan Bullard and ‘Electricity’ […]

EMERALD CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2015

The Emerald Christmas Concert will be on Sunday 6th December at 6pm at St Mark’s Church, Church Road, Woodcote, Purley CR8 3QQ. Emerald Chorus, Chamber Choir, Clock House Choir, Osiris Ensemble and Flexiband will all be involved in this celebration of Christmas music. Tickets available on the door £7 (£5 conc.) under 16′s free.

SPRING TERM 2016

These are the dates of the first rehearsals of the Spring Term. New members are welcome to try out any rehearsal or class for a free trial. Book your free trial at clare@emeraldmusic.org Clock House Choir - Monday 12th January 4-5pm Beckenham (a choir for school years 2-6) Osiris Ensemble – Wednesday 14th January 7.30-9.30pm Carshalton Beeches (a mixed […]

MUSIC WEEK 2015

Well, another Music Week is over. We had a wonderful group of enthusiastic musicians ranging from 6 to 18 years old. The week included a ukulele orchestra, a recorder group, three bands, an advanced flute ensemble, three choirs, a song writing course, a solos concert and an end of week concert. We also managed to cram in […]

FREE TRIAL SESSIONS

We always welcome new people to visit our rehearsals and the first session is always free to try. Please arrange a visit by emailing clare@emeraldmusic.org.

MUSIC WEEK 2014

Music Week was another resounding success. For a whole week in August, 40 students ranging in age from 4 to 18 arranged music, danced, sang, played instruments in ensembles and improved their music reading skills. There were two concerts and a fantastic party including an ‘Emerald’s Got Talent’ competition where the students could display their […]

MUSIC WEEK 2015

Emerald Music Week 2015 is taking place 17th – 21st August 10am – 4pm at Laleham Lea School. It is a fun music activity course designed for young singers and instrumentalists of all standards aged 4-18. Places are filling fast. Email clare@emeraldmusic.org to book a place on the course. The week culminates with a concert on […]

CHOIR OF THE YEAR 2014

On 8 March 2014 at the Fairfield Halls, Emerald Choir and Osiris Ensemble took part in the audition round of Choir of the Year 2014. Both performances were very well received and the adjudicators wrote some very encouraging remarks. The choirs enjoyed listening to the other choirs and everyone had a great day.

KEW GARDENS FOR ALLIANCE BOOTS

The Emerald Choir were asked to recreate their performance at the Royal Albert Hall for the Alliance Boots CSR Launch at the Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew Botanical Gardens on 1st October. It was an enjoyable evening and the performance was very well received.

OSIRIS 25th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT RECORDING

Osiris 25th Anniversary Concert FREE DOWNLOAD On Sunday 8th September 2013, the Osiris Ensemble celebrated its 25th anniversary with a well attended reunion concert at St Mark’s Church, Purley. Music was rehearsed over two days and the choir’s favourite music was drawn from the archives to create a varied, exciting programme ranging from Bruckner Motets, Lacrymosa  from […]

MUSIC WEEK 2013

Music Week was fantastic again this year. With another very talented bunch of students we explored music from around the world. We even had a Bollywood Dance Workshop with a special performance at the end of week concert. The party was better than ever with an amazing fashion parade of the newspaper outfits. The week […]

OSIRIS SILVER ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Osiris will be 25 years old in September, so we are celebrating with a reunion concert at St Mark’s Church, Church Road, Woodcote, Purley at 7.30pm on Sunday 8th September. We are in contact with over 100 ex-members and many of them will be returning for an exciting choral reunion, singing music from the past […]

New CLOCK HOUSE CHOIR

Clare Caddick has launched a new Children’s choir in Beckenham for ages 6-14 on Mondays 4.30-5.30pm at Neighbourhood Church, Cromwell Road, Beckenham BR3 4LW. The Clock House Choir will be singing at the Emerald Christmas Concert on Sunday 15th December. £6 a week – free trial rehearsal

SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

Emerald Music School is now offering exciting singing workshop days in schools. Large groups can be taken at once (up to 120 children at one time or more with further staff) and the children will learn how much fun it can be to sing in a big choir in harmony. The workshop days are designed […]

COULSDON AND PURLEY FESTIVAL

Emerald had an extremely successful day at the festival on 2nd March. Emerald Chorus came first in their class, singing in four parts and were awarded Honours. Chamber Choir entertained the crowd with their singing, achieving a Distinction and Osiris won their class and were also awarded a Distinction. The comments by the adjudicator Soo […]

WINNERS THREE YEARS IN A ROW!

Came home after a great concert to this last night. We have been given a commemorative plaque for the Beckenham Festival for winning 3 years in a row. It is very kind of the festival committee to give us something to keep as we have to give the beautiful shields back each year.

BECKENHAM FESTIVAL 2012

Beckenham Senior School Shield 2012 Emerald Chamber Choir were awarded the Prize Baton and Osiris Ensemble won the Senior School Shield for the third year running. ‘This was a wonderful demonstration of vocal control and balance and really brought out the feeling of the song…extremely musical.’ Patricia Williams at Beckenham Festival 2012 (Osiris Ensemble)

SUTTON MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012

Neil Jenkins, adjudicator at the Sutton Music Festival 9th November 2012 awarded the Osiris Ensemble the Challenge Shield and First place in the 18 and under choirs category. ‘This was a real Rolls-Royce of a vocal group, possessed of a vibrant, attractive tone. The tuning was remarkably good. There is something very polished about this […]

BACKING STATUS QUO

Status Quo’s new single The Winner (Podium Mix) played for the first time on The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2 on the 11th June 2012.  Emerald members feature as backing singers.  Recorded April 2012.

SUMMER SING! 2012

  Join Clare Caddick, Director of the Emerald Music School for Summer Sing! 2012 A choir for adults of all ages and abilities   ♫  Choral singing, musicals, light classical, pop ♫  Strictly for fun only ♫  No auditions ♫  Beginners welcome – no experience necessary ♫  For 5 weeks only throughout the Summer ♫  […]