Jazz Choir

The Jazz Choir is a non-auditioned, all female group who explore well-known jazz songs from the 1930s onwards.


The Jazz Choir is a non-auditioned, all-female group of approximately 45 singers who explore well-known jazz songs from the 1930s onwards, plus other popular music. There are a variety of approaches to develop group arrangements and fluency in jazz performance.

Conductor: Jill Jarman
Ability: Mixed
Duration: 1 1/2 hours, 10 weeks (Summer programme 9 weeks)
Day & time: Mondays, 8.00pm-9.30pm
Membership subscription (term): £78 (concessions £55), includes all music
Rehearsal CD: £6
Venue: The Malinova Room, 2nd Floor, The Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF

Recent repertoire includes popular music and jazz standards: 
Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Stephen Sondheim
Lorenz Hart & Richard Rodgers
George & Ira Gershwin 
Arthur Freed & Nacio Herb Brown
Bernstein: West Side Story 
Loesser: Guys and Dolls

Arrangements of jazz classics such as ‘Too Darn Hot’, ‘Stormy Weather’, and of popular music including Tamla Motown, Lennon & McCartney.


First rehearsal: Monday 16 January 2017
Time: 8.00-9.30pm
Cost: £78.00 full member or £55.00 concessions – price includes all music
Place: Malinova Room, 2nd Floor, Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF
Half Term: Monday 13 February 2017
Last rehearsal: Monday 27 March 2016

Aint no mountain high enough, If my friends could see me now, Tonight, Skyfall, Raindrops, One hand, one heart

CONCERT: Saturday 1 April @ St Sepulchre without Newgate, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DH @ 7.30pm

Part of the Brandenburg Spring Music Festival


Summer Jazz Choir programme combining 5 rehearsals followed by 4 pop-up performances in local venues.

First rehearsal: Monday 24 April 2017
Time: 8.00-9.30pm
Cost: £60 per member  NO CONCESSIONS – price includes all music
Place: The Malinova Room, 2nd Floor, The Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W60RF
Half Term: Monday 29 May 2017
Last rehearsal: Monday 5 June 2017
Music: a repertoire of old favourites selected by Jill Jarman
Note: the Summer programme is not suitable for newcomers to the Jazz Choir as it is assumed that the repertoire has already been learnt. Newcomers should apply to have a Jazz Choir taster in the Autumn term starting on 18 September 2017.
Five rehearsals: 24 April, 8 May, 15 May, 22 May, 5 June
Followed by 4 pop-up concerts in local venues: 12 June, 19 June, 26 June, 3 July

First rehearsal: Monday 18 September 2017
Time: 8.00-9.30pm
Cost: £78.00 full member or £55.00 concessions – price includes all music
Place: Malinova Room, 2nd Floor, Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF
Half Term: Monday 23 October 2017
Last rehearsal: Monday 27 November 2017



(If music sheets are unavailable, this music list may change)

Concert: Saturday 1 December 2017 @ TBC



New members: please enrol online before term starts by first registering here on the Addison Singers website, then purchase a Jazz Choir membership (and a rehearsal CD, if you need one)click on Checkout and choose a payment method. You will receive a confirmation email.

Existing members: please log in with your email address and/or reset your password. Then proceed with choosing your membership and payment method.

Alternatively if there are still places available, you can enrol at the first meeting of the term – but you may have to queue. After the term has started, please contact us to ask about enrolling.

Taster Session
Any potential new member is welcome to try a 'taster session' during either the first or second rehearsal of term to see if they would like to join a choir. Please let the Membership Coordinator know if you would like to try one rehearsal for a choir, we will arrange for you to share music with a 'buddy' who will be able to show you around and answer any questions you may have. At the end of the session we hope you will decide to join and you will be asked to complete the online enrolment and pay for the full term (or pro rata if not the first session).

Payment methods
You can pay online by bank transfer (BACS) to CAF Bank Sort code 40-52-40, Account 00016259. Please put your last name, choir/class and term as the payee reference (eg SMITH OC VT SPR14). If paying by cheque, please add your bank card number on the reverse of your cheque, made payable to The Addison Group of Singers.

Concessions apply to people who are registered unemployed or disabled, and those receiving Income Support, Working Family Tax Credit, Invalidity Benefit, Severe Disability Allowance, Jobseekers Allowance or similar benefits; also people over 60 and students in full-time education. Full-time students under 25 may also claim a further discount (except for the Learn to Read Music Class). Proof is required to claim a concessionary rate.

More than one choir: if you wish to join more than one choir, you are entitled to a discount of £25 (£17 concessions). For a third choir, deduct a further £10 (£5 concessions).

Early Bird Prize Draw
A Prize Draw takes place each term at the first rehearsal from the online enrolments completed and paid for prior to the first rehearsal. The winner receives the equivalent of half their term fees.

Introduce a Friend
Current choir members will also receive a £20 reduction in their fee (for the following term) if they introduce a new member who enrols in a choir for a 10-week term, i.e. this is NOT applicable for the Summer Jazz course!

If a choir rehearsal has to be cancelled, for example, due to bad weather conditions, refunds will not be given, as we will try to arrange an alternative date. If a class has to be cancelled and cannot be rearranged, the fee will be refunded based on the number of cancelled sessions.

If a member does not take up a place or complete a term for any reason (other than the above) there is no entitlement to a refund. You can however opt to transfer your fee to the following term, but we do ask you to return the current term's music before this is confirmed. If you wish to transfer to another choir or class you need to consult our Membership Coordinator, and any difference in the fee or subscription must be paid or be refunded.

Gift Aid
If you are a taxpayer, current legislation allows us to reclaim basic rate income tax on your membership subscriptions (however not on CDs, class fees or tuition elements). When enrolling online, please read the Gift Aid information and tick the box if you are happy for us to do this. Remember to notify us if you no longer pay an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax equal to the tax we can reclaim on your donations.

Members Website
Once you have enrolled in a choir or class, you will be eligible to access the Members' area on the AGS website and added to the mailing list to receive e-mail information about choir activities, social and other events. An online resource only, you can access information sheets, publicity posters, the Newsletters, Committee Minutes, photos of concerts, additional trips and social events. This helps us reduce postal costs and speeds up communication about choir events. The Administrator will send you an email with an invitation to join and give you a pre-selected password that you can change to a more memorable version once you are logged in.

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