About Songworks choirs

Songworks runs weekly community choirs in north London for people who love to sing. With no auditions and no need to read music, it’s a fun and pressure-free environment in which to enjoy your voice as part of a big, beautiful sound.

Songworks is a lively social network and a big part of community life, performing at events and supporting local causes such as the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants, homeless charity All People All Places and inclusive theatre and performing arts company Haringey Shed.

Our two choirs are based in Crouch End – visit the choirs page for more details.

About Denise

Songworks is led by Crouch Ender Denise Dobson, who is a firm believer in the African proverb, ‘If you can talk, you can sing’. She is part of the Natural Voice Network, a network of choir leaders who believe singing is everyone’s birthright.

All the world’s been a song for Denise for as long as she can remember. Brought up on the Beatles and the Fureys and Val Doonican, Denise wondered where the women were and has been making her mark ever since! Denise is all about community and is passionate about the power of humanity. Smiles are on the faces of her choir members and that’s just the way she likes it. Denise’s charismatic choirs have been bringing harmony and heartfelt joy to North London since 2013. 

In 2019 Denise was awarded an International Women’s Day Unsung Women’s Award by the London Borough of Haringey, recognising her outstanding contribution to the local community.


Denise is committed to a non-judgemental approach that promotes inclusion, minimises environmental impact and supports equality and social justice, and these principles underpin everything Songworks does.

Frequently asked questions

Who can join?

Anyone! There are no auditions, and you don’t need to be able to read music as all the songs are taught by ear. Past singing experience is not required – in fact, if you’ve always wanted to sing but haven’t dared, Songworks is a great place to give it a try.

When and where are the choir sessions?

In Crouch End on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Our Wednesday evening choir is pretty full but smetimes places come available especially if you have a low voice. Visit the Crouch End choirs page for more details.

Will I have to sing on my own?

No. You’ll sing as part of a group and nobody is ever singled out for a solo.

What sort of songs does the choir sing?

Denise selects beautiful songs from different genres and from around the globe, so hopefully, there’s something for everyone. We sing folk songs, soulful spirituals, pop and rock classics, and music from the Georgian, South African and Maori traditions, to name just a few. The songs range from uplifting and exhilarating to meditative and moving. What they have in common are their wonderful harmonies.

Is singing good for you?

Our members say they find choir sessions energising, stress-busting and confidence building and they value the chance to meet and connect with others. There is growing evidence that singing in a choir has huge benefits for physical and mental wellbeing.

Will I have to perform at Songworks concerts?

There’s no pressure to perform, and it’s not the main focus of choir sessions. That said, many of our choir members find performing a really rewarding and fun part of the Songworks experience. Our performances have become a regular feature of local festivals and events, and concerts give us the chance to share songs with family and friends while raising funds for local causes.

How much does it cost?

£10 per session. If the full fee is too much of a stretch, get in touch and let’s see what we can arrange.

Got another question? Drop us a line at songworksn8@gmail.com

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