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Blog: TOC House Concert November 12

“A really captivating evening of polyphonic music with much heart and soul from all the singers. MORE PLEASE!” Audience testimonial. Earl Haig Hall 2016. TOC is a community improvisation choir directed by Jenni Roditi. Founded in February 2016 the choir have performed locally at Earl Haig Hall 2, Crouch End Festival -Hornsey Town Hall (in 2016 and 2017), Oxjam HTH, Meadow Orchard Project, Inderwick Road Street Party and now for […]

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Blog: TOC – The Open Choir On Tour – Crouch End Festival 2017

It was a beautiful sun filled Sunday in June and the Crouch End festival was in full swing. One of our first gigs as a choir was at the festival last year and it was good to be back, this time with a little more experience and a few more gigs under our belts. This year we would be playing two gigs during the festival, another at the Meadow Orchard […]

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Blog: TOC – The Open Choir Rehearsal: ‘Three’ Improvisation

A brief but heavy downpour had flooded our usual venue, Earl Haig Hall, so this week’s choir rehearsal was promptly moved to Jenni’s loft apartment in Crouch End. Being the location of numerous Vocal Tai Chi workshops, many of us felt quite at home singing or, more broadly speaking, vocalising in Jenni’s home. This week brought yet another challenge! In groups of three we were to spontaneously come up with […]

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Blog: A Composition Crash Course

TOC – The Open Choir Summer Season 2017 Rehearsals “A Composition Crash Course” – Monday 15th May, Earl Haig Hall, Crouch End This Monday was the first rehearsal of a new term for a group that is now a regular core of people; a group that continues to grow in confidence and character as Jenni continually pushes us forward into new territory. This first week was no exception as Jenni […]

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Blog: Club Vocale III (TIC – TOC & Cleveland Watkiss)

Cleveland Watkiss is a singer with a huge wealth and diversity of experience. Despite his many different collaborations and projects he is still primarily regarded as a Jazz vocalist, due to the improvisatory nature of his solo work. However, he has moved beyond Jazz into a much wider sound world, drawing from all the different threads of his past. This world is where he and both TIC and TOC met […]

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Calendar: Club Vocale 3 ft. Cleveland Watkiss

For our third and final Club Vocale of 2016, we’ve invited another stellar vocal improviser to join us – this time it’s Cleveland Watkiss, multi-award winner virtuoso vocalist, actor and composer, who co-founded the Jazz Warriors big band and recently starred in Julian Joseph’s ground-breaking jazz operas Bridgetower and Shadowball. TOC – The Open Choir will also join us on stage! Tickets are available online with a special early bird […]

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News: A Very Special Guest at the next Club Vocale!

For our next Club Vocale night (Sunday 16th October), we’ve decided to shake things up a bit by inviting a formidable artist and human rights activist to join us on stage. Drum roll please for Ian Shaw, “one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists” and mighty fine improviser! Grab an advance ticket (£8 + fee) or chance it at the door (£10) – we will open the house at 6.30pm […]

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Blog: Club Vocale Launch – Earl Haig Hall 25th September 2016

I’m delighted Alistair has once again offered us an incredibly nuanced reading of the concert experience at the launch of Club Vocale. Read it and let it invoke something behind the music’s forms and the personalities involved… this commentary reveals the multiple layers of a listeners’ thoughts and experiences unveiled during the concert – so exquisitely articulated. The form of the evening was five new devised improvised pieces by members […]

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