Our Choir Master, Ian Bloomfield, has been keeping our choristers in tune while not at The Avenue Club. Via YouTube, he has filmed warm up exercises and new songs for them to practise at home. They have been keeping in touch with each other, sharing anecdotes and songs. We are looking forward to them being able to sing together again.
At the Club they sing in harmony and mostly arrangements for three parts: Soprano, Alto and ‘The Men’ (We always need more Men!).
Music should always be fun. Concentrate, sing well but above all have fun! Ian has been in the profession since he was 10 years old and can tell you that the best musicians are the ones that have fun. People often say they can’t sing or that they are tone deaf; hmm…that’s not true. Ian has taught people who say this and within one term they are singing. The breathing, the vocalisation, the focus – it is all therapeutic and rounds the life of the individual.
The Avenue Club Choir always warm up the voice with an openness, relaxed posture and enthusiasm.
Ian Bloomfield studied at Trinity College of Music with the French Horn but dropped it and took up singing. He sang with the ENO for five years, singing in over 40 productions! After a brief spell in the ROH chorus, he joined the ranks of the West End in shows such as ‘Cats,’ ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Company’ directed by Sam Mendez. Ian then formed his own company called ‘Opera on the Run’, writing and directing many operas and has belted out ‘Nessun Dorma’ up and down the length of the country as a singing waiter. Ian has taught at Thames University and ArtsEd but this is his first conducting experience.
Margie Harrison is a pianist, flautist, choral conductor, composer and music teacher. For many years she was a Secondary School Head of Music and Director of Creative Arts. She is also an Examiner for A Level and GCSE Music. Margie has been the accompanist for the Avenue Club choir for four years. She is also a member of St Luke’s Choir and has directed this group with a number of her compositions.