Community Choir

Hackney Song Works Community Choir at Abney Park Chapel, December 2017, led by Martina Schwarz.

Abney Park Chapel concert with HSW and musicians.

Abney Park Chapel concert with HSW and musicians, led by Martina Schwarz. Photo: Richard Barnfather.

Abney Park Chapel concert. Photo: Richard Barnfather.

Songs about winter, songs about trees
Songs about love, freedom, and peace
From as far as Lapland and the Black Sea
to Africa, France, and Germany.

Abney Park Chapel concert. Photo: Richard Barnfather.

The singers were joined by the fabulous musicians, Joolie Wood and Dan Lipman.
Donations were given to North London Action for the Homeless


Martina is an associated member of NVPN, Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network, and believes that singing is everybody’s birthright. She has been a regular at Unicorn voice camp for over a decade where she leads singing and the circle dance band. She has led bands and singing groups in theatre/dance and community projects and is currently running Hackney Song Works, a community choir in North London, Stoke Newington, on Tuesday nights. The choir enjoys singing juicy harmonies, funky rounds with foot-tapping rhythms, a repertoire, drawing on a broad range of World Music as well as Martina’s own arrangements and compositions. The choir enjoys performing in casual settings like the Farmer’s market, other local events, e.g. the Abney Park open day (above) or end of term concerts for friends and family and every so often in bigger events like “Sing for Water”, below.

Sing for Water choir at London's Southbank 2016;

Sing for Water at the Scoop, 2016     Hackney Song Works Mara Song (small group)

This year Hackney Song Works Choir has been part again of  Sing for Water, Totally Thames Festival, on 17th September 2017 at The Scoop, Southbank.  Martina is very pleased that her composition “l’eau de l’eau” was featuring in this year’s performance. Last year it was such a thrill to hear her arrangement of the Russian folk song “Vozle” sung by over 500 singers.

Listen to Vozle Ryetshki (opens in new window)

Hackney Song Works Community Choir, performing at the farmer’s market, West Hackney.

Most songs are sung a cappella, but occasionally Martina accompanies the singing with her accordion. Everybody is welcome to join this friendly community choir, all you need is a desire to sing!

2018 Dates

FREE Taster for newcomers

Where? St Paul’s Church Hall,

When? Tuesdays 7.45-9.15pm

Spring term 2018 dates (11 sessions):  

Jan 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, Feb 6th

*Half term Feb 13th*

Feb 20th, 27th, Mar 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

**Drop-ins welcome before half term**

How much?

Drop-in: £9 (£7 conc) **first 5 sessions only**

Half term fee: £54 (£49 conc)

Full term discount: £81 (£63 conc) £2 sessions off!




Meets in STOKE NEWINGTON on TUESDAYS, 7.45-9.15  pm during term time                                            

Venue: St Paul’s Church, community hall,
Stoke Newington Road, London N16  7UY.  Entrance Amhurst Rd (not Evering Rd).

Full fee is £9 with £7 concession, £5 taster session

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Email or phone Martina if you have any questions: 07940 572648