|MusicSmart has grown, thanks to our lovely supporters. As such, we have decided to make a small change to the name one of our popular, regular events.
Our Singing Saturdays are well-loved, but we understand that not everyone who would like to attend, can make a Saturday, or even get to the event.
Going forward, these events will be known simply as “Singing Workshops” and will sometimes take place on a Saturday, sometimes a Sunday…other groups can book us to come to them…ladies groups, mens groups, carers groups, WI groups…anyone who has people who want to sing!
So, we hope you’ll find your way to the page (http://musicsmart.org.uk/singing-workshops) and if you’re willing, will share it to others who may also want to sing but are not in a position to travel.
MusicSmart will be hosting coffee “mornings” in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
It is the ‘Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning event for Macmillan Cancer Charity, just like we did last year, and boy did we do it well!
Get ready to bake cakes to sell, make a donation for a piece of homemade cake with your cuppa and our favourite…a “Guess how many berries in the pie” competition.
Each of our choirs will be taking part in the week beginning 23rd September.
We really look forward to seeing how you all take action to make these events spectacular!
A huge thank you to everyone for such a successful Singing Sunday!
We enjoyed all of your excellent singing, your wonderful sound and your creative “uhs” – what an achievement!
Thanks so much to Betty and Mick for organising the drinks and delicious cake.
Thanks also to Rich, Mick and Graham for adding their great expertise to the band.
Attached are a few photos taken whilst we were relaxing during the breaks.
Thank you also to each and every one of you in our MusicSmart choirs for a fantastic year of singing and fun. We’ll see you back at the start of term 🙂
We wish you a lovely holiday time, plenty of lazy, crazy days and picnics with beers and weenies!!!!
All the best,
Hilary and Paula x
Shore Sounds’ FIRST Performance at their new venue a success…
Sunday 7th July saw Shore Sounds entertain us with their first performance at West Wittering Memorial Hall at 4.30pm.
They performed a mixture of songs past and present, with a fantastic performance of ‘Born Free’ opening the show, plus a moving rendition of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ (this song being 80 years old this year!!), ‘Everywhere’ by Fleetwood Mac and ‘Proud Mary’ to name but a few.
Following the performance; a delicious Strawberry Cream Tea…what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Shore Sounds raised £132.00 for their chosen charity, the local ‘First Responders’
Thank you to all singers for a wonderful first performance and to friends and family for your support
Halcyon days of summer singing…
Friday 12th July at 7.30 saw FCS entertain us with their performance programme which featured Songs from around the world.
We were treated to ‘Do You Know The Way To San Jose’, ‘Spanish Harlem’, Hari Coo Coo ( a folk song from India which was beautifully sung unaccompanied!) to name but a few, also finding ourselves at times ‘Way Over Yonder in a Minor Key’ and ‘In The Middle of Nowhere’.
For this concert Felpham Community Singers were joined by our Guitarist Richard Rahaman and for our show stopping Finale, Graham Paul with his Trumpet voluntaries on ‘Sussex By The Sea’
FCS also managed to raise a whopping £552.65 for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, their chosen charity for the proceeds of the raffle. Amazing effort!!!
Thank you to all singers, accompanists and friends and family for making the concert and our fundraising a huge success!
Here’s a “behind the scenes” look at FCS’s pre-performance warm up.
We are so sorry that, due to unforeseen circumstances, our Summer Celebration Singing Workshop at the Gordon Centre on Saturday 20th July is cancelled.
Our Summer Singing Workshop on Sunday 28th July will be going ahead and if you are available on that alternative day we would love to offer you a place. Please let us know asap by email or phone if you are able to swap to that day and you will have a priority booking.
Many apologies, we really hope you can make it to the 28th!
Hilary and Paula
It’s nearly time to end our term of Summer performances…BUT, BEFORE WE DO…
…here’s a look at some news
Just Sing Bognor
Newly relocated to The Regis school of Music, Just Sing Bognor have time during their practices to enjoy a refreshing cup of tea or coffee and some tasty nibbles.
What a pleasure to be able to sing in this wonderful new venue!
Take a peek at the choir enjoying themselves during refreshment break
Coda Community Choir
Coda Community Choir had their Summer Concert in Southbourne on Saturday 29th June.
As a celebration of Musical Theatre, the audience were treated to music from ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Blood Brothers’ to name but a few! The choir sang their hearts out on the warmest evening of the year so far.
This concert saw Coda invite two guest soloists, Rebecca Holland and Naomi Miller to join them and of course, they were accompanied by Richard Rahaman on Guitar. Also thanks to Tim Hudson our sound engineer.
We managed to raise over £230.00 for the Stonepillow Charity in Chichester. A Brilliant evening!
New venue at The Regis School of Music
Just Sing Bognor will be moving to our new venue on Friday 14th June.
We will be meeting at The Regis School of Music, Sudley Road, Bognor Regis with the slightly extended time of 12.15-1.30 so that we can all now enjoy a cup of tea/coffee, biscuits and some social time!
We are very excited to be forging links with The Regis School of Music.
Those were the days… when we thought the carnival is over, but sugar, sugar, it’s not unusual when its been a hard day’s night, and you think you’ve lost your love and all you need is love…yesterday, when all your troubles seemed so far away…and indeed they were, because we were having a MAGNIFICENT day at our Swinging Sixties Singing Saturdays!!
We all had a groovy time these past two Saturdays, singing songs from The Swinging Sixties. It was marvelous to hear those wonderful songs sung with such enthusiasm and feeling.
We hope it brought back some fun memories and some new harmonies as well. We just know that you will have been enjoying watching the fabulous Temptations on YouTube and practicing your moves, as well as your Rock ‘n Roll faces!
Take a peep through the galleries below, there is one for each day. You can also see the pictures from our two “Musicals” Singing Saturdays, earlier this year. ( Click on the gallery to make it full screen.)
Saturday May 11th
Saturday May 18th
SingSing Ladies choir host a showcase performance…
On Friday 3rd May at The Regis School of Music, SingSing Ladies Choir gave a wonderful showcase performance of their Spring repertoire! The evening was SOLD OUT and they all sang brilliantly to give the audience a really special evening of entertainment.
With a mixture of songs, both old and new, SingSing Ladies choir has gone from strength to strength and are now performing with confidence and making a fabulous sound!
£200.00 was raised in a charity raffle for two charities chosen by the choir, ‘Cancerwise’ in Chichester and ‘My Sister’s House’ in Bognor Regis.
A fantastic evening ladies, well done!!!