Useful references for singers.
Choirs and orchestras
Finchley Chamber Choir: regular concerts in Trinity Church, North Finchley, N12 7NN with this smaller and more expert choir. A good local place to hear choral repertoire.
Highgate Choral Society has been around for over 140 years, making them one of the longest-established amateur choirs. A large choir of around 200 members, they meet at Parliament Hill School. To join you need to do a simple audition.
Finding music in London
bachtrack is by far the best concert listings site I know of. If you have a free Saturday or fancy a lunchtime concert, this is your spot.
Have you an urge to sing better? Maria McCaul “The Singing Studio” offers singing lessons, based in Hornsey. Email Maria or call 07899 026 394.
Other Music Learning
The Guitar Social: courses (for beginners and more experienced guitarists) let you learn and improve with other players. Sounds delightful.
Charities and promoters
Nordoff Robbins is a charity which uses music in music therapy and community building. Their UK centre is at 2 Lissenden Gardens, NW5 1PQ — just round the corner from the school where we rehearse. They run concerts, usually pretty classy, benefitting the charity, a few times a year.
music&friends run choir festivals and international meetings.
RunBySingers set up musical holidays, which always sound very tempting.
The London Sangerstevne is a series of choral festivals.
Philip Norman Music Services do a lot of internet/email promotion of amateur music events — several of the above are from them.
Small Choirs Website claims 200+ free pieces of music for church choirs, and occasional festivals.
The IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library is an excellent place to find free downloadable music scores.
ChoralWiki (formerly the Choral Public Domain Library) has a large collection of free downloadable material, mostly choral scores. Some scores are of very good quality, with excellent volunteer editors, some are rougher.