Canary Wharf is launching its first dedicated choir, made up of people working and living in and around the famous business and shopping district.

The Canary Wharf Choir is calling for singers interested in delivering free public performances in Canary Wharf, as part of the dedicated Arts & Events calendar.

The first ‘fun-sing’ practice event is happening at State Street’s offices at 20 Churchill Place on 14 March.

John Tripp from Wharf-based Morgan Stanley, one of the driving forces behind the choir says: “Over the past few years there has been a burgeoning interest in singing and we’ve seen choirs have been developing in new and unexpected places, including the workplace. This is a great opportunity to bring together people from all parts of Canary Wharf.”

Linda Hinsa of State Street added: “The choir will be open-access with no auditions and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We will also look to develop repertoire to a good standard, delivering polished performances.”

The Canary Wharf Choir intends to build on the success of the much-loved annual Candles and Carols Service, organised by the Canary Wharf Chaplain Rev. Dr. Fiona Stewart-Darling, which draws singers from Wharf-based Barclays Capital, Clifford Chance, Credit Suisse, FSA, KPMG, HSBC, Rouse Legal, Morgan Stanley and State Street.

The Choir aims to have its first free public performance in summer 2011, supplementing a top-quality programme of public events at Canary Wharf throughout the year.

The ‘Fun-Sing’ practice event is at State Street, 20 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf on 14 March from 6.15 – 8:00pm. Any interested singers can register at www.canarywharfchoir.org.

About Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG)

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year and more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers are found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow.

CWG won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards in November 2010, beating entries from around the world.

There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 18 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted.

Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.

Over 90,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.

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Canary Wharf Group plc
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