Back to School - 20th Sept. 2012

It's always a bit odd returning to our weekly choir practice after a summer away. While we've been living and breathing Starling all summer - what with Beauty & the Beast and the day-to-day running of the company - all our singers have been continuing their normal lives in London, just without their weekly sing. As a result, their eagerness to get back to choir is the best start to the term, making it even more of a pleasure for us to work with them.

We've some exciting things planned for our choirs in the next year, so we thought this was the perfect time to share some of them with you.


Next Friday 28th September, Forte and The Starling Singers will be performing alongside Pete Into Orbit at Ginglik in Shepherd's Bush.

Pete Into Orbit is fronted by one of our singers, Pete Walter. A talented songwriter and performer, Pete inventively re-imagines traditional gig nights and takes the initiative to self-promote and produce his own events to showcase his band and other artists. We know only too well that it can be a hard and expensive task to mount a show of any size in London, especially if you're dealing with independent producers who may not always have your artistic interests at heart, so we applaud Pete's approach to getting his music heard.

Hear Pete talking about the event on this video blog!

This event will also feature sketch comedy fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe and Grace Savage, the UK Female Beatbox Champion 2012. She's just been touring with the amazing Vocal Orchestra at Udderbelly both in London and Edinburgh, and will be supporting Newton Faulkner on tour next month. 

We're honoured to feature alongside such a talented lineup! 

Pete hopes for this event to become a monthly residency at Ginglik, so we'd love your support in checking out this innovative evening of entertainment.

Tickets cost £7.50 and can be bought online at or via our What's On page.


We're thrilled to announce that we will be recording an album this term!

Produced by Auburn Jam Music, the CD will feature music from all three of our choirs

It's an incredibly exciting project for us and great to collaborate with the lovely and talented Joe & Nikki Davison who run Auburn Jam. 

We'll be hosting an album launch in December for all our singers and fans to buy the album as a Christmas treat!  

More details on the release and launch will be announced on this blog in the coming weeks, along with some behind the scenes updates, so keep your eyes peeled! 


Next week, we'll be introducing 'Starling of the Week' to our website. This is an opportunity for us to give you an insight into the wide range of adults and young people we work with on all our projects and who make up the Starling Arts community. Check back here on Monday for the first instalment!

'Til then, don't forget to buy your tickets for Ace Time Continuum, and join us next week for more news and views from Starling Arts. 

Have a great week!

- Anna & Emily