The Poplar Singers community choir meets regularly to enjoy singing, performing and socialising together.

The choir was established in January 2016 by one of our staff. It was an immediate hit, attracting members from 18-85 years old from the broadest range of backgrounds. Singing is brilliant for physical and mental health, combating isolation and provides an opportunity for local people to get to know their neighbours. The group sings a range of music with a strong emphasis on having fun.

In July 2019, the Poplar Singers celebrated their biggest performance to date at The Barbican. They were involved in a choral project with choirs across the country to learn and perform ‘When We Collide: A Great British Songbook’. After taking part in recorded conversations themed around ‘what it means to be British’, the words were turned into lyrics to form a songbook. One song was written using the words from a member of the Poplar Singers.

The Poplar Singers choir became self-sufficient within nine months, running its own budget, event bookings and publicity. In January 2020 the choir became fully independent from Poplar HARCA, run solely by members of the community.

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5 performances each year

Over 20 members of the local community involved each term

Over £2k funding raised