Community Choir

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:

Songs about seasons, songs about trees.
Songs about love, freedom, and peace
From as far as Lapland and the Black Sea
to Africa, France, and Germany
Songs for the heart, songs for the soul
Instrumentals and solos
you can rock, you can roll!

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),

In 2017 Hackney Song Works Choir was again part of  Sing for Water, Totally Thames Festival, Martina was very pleased that her composition “l’eau de l’eau” was featured in the performance.

In 2016 she was thrilled to hear her arrangement of the Russian folk song “Vozle” sung by over 500 singers.

Vozle-Ryetshki  Listen to Martina’s choir arrangement of this Russian song:


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 session for newcomers

Where? St Paul’s Church Hall,

When? Tuesdays 7.45-9.15pm

Summer term (12 sessions):  

April 17th, 24th May 1st,8th, 15th, 22nd     (19th May concert at the Abney Park Chapel)

*Half term May 29th*

June  5th, 12th, 19th, 26th July 3d and 10th (end of term sharing/concert)

How much?

Drop-in: £9 (£7 conc) 

Half term fee: £54 (£42 conc)

Full term discount: £90 (£70 conc) 2 sessions off!

Saturday, 19th May concert at Abney Park Chapel, 1.45-2.30pm choir & live music



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

Check out our Facebook page!

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


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. Photos: Richard Barnfather.

Abney Park Chapel concert. Photo: Richard Barnfather.

Donations were given to North London Action for the Homeless