Take Twenty at the Royal Festival Hall

Singing close harmony in Camden

Take Twenty have been delighting and entertaining audiences since 1979, when we were founded as an evening class.

Our choir founder, Malcolm Abbs, remembers: ‘Take Twenty had an inauspicious start as an evening class at the Camden Institute. It replaced a short-lived yoga class half way through the 1979 autumn term, and therefore missed the usual prospectus publicity. Rehearsals stumbled on with three or four singers, and it was touch and go whether the choir might go the way of the yoga class. However, word gradually got around that there was a ‘choral society’ that sang only the popular song repertoire – and in four part harmony. Within a year the membership had stabilized at about 20, giving the choir its name.’ Malcolm retired as Musical Director in 2009, but is still busy with the choir, arranging new material and singing 1st tenor.

Our talented Musical Director is Ben Cox.

The choir’s performances feature our new piano accompanist Jonathan Taylor, usually with the addition of bass, and at times with percussion, drums, sax or trombone to mention a few.  We also sing a wide array of a cappella numbers.

Find out more by listening to us or contacting us.