Now Canary Wharf bankers are singing like canaries

BANKING bosses in London’s Canary Wharf financial district are setting up a dedicated choir—made up from staff and anyone working or living in the area.

The new choir is calling for singers interested in giving free public performances as part of Canary Wharf’s Arts & Events calendar.

“We want to develop repertoire to a good standard, delivering polished performances.” said State Street’s Linda Hinsa. “But the choir will be open-access with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and no auditions.”

The choir hopes to build on the success of the popular annual ‘Candles and Carols’ service organised by Canary Wharf’s chaplain, The Rev Dr Fiona Stewart-Darling, which draws singers from all the big companies such as Barclays Capital, Clifford Chance, Credit Suisse, FSA, KPMG, HSBC, Rouse Legal, Morgan Stanley and State Street.

John Tripp from Morgan Stanley, another driving force behind the choir, sees it as an opportunity to bring people together from all over Canary Wharf.

“There has been a burgeoning interest in singing,” he says. “We’ve seen choirs developing in unexpected places like the workplace.”

The first two-hour ‘fun sing’ practice is at State Street’s HQ at 20 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, on March 14 at 6.15pm. Interested singers can register online at www.canarywharfchoir.org